Canada’s Miss Beauty of Africa 2017 – Miss Somalia : Mimi Ali

Hello Everyone!
My name is Mawahib but prefer the nickname which everyone calls me by, Mimi. I’m a Somali Yemen descent, I was born and raised in Saudi Arabia, moved out to the West when I was 11yrs it has been a roller coaster since, my father unfortunately didn’t make it (God Rest His Soul) so it was my mother and us kids.I come from a big family five girls and one boy, it keeps things interesting and home for sure. I speak three languages (Somali, Arabic and English) working on my French next. I graduated in 2015 as a Legal Assistant top of my class which I am thankful for! I love the Legal field and would see myself doing it for a while. I also am a Brand Ambassador (others might call it a Promotional Model) I love meeting new people, and with this job it’s never a dull moment. I also do some modeling on my down time with Hero Images they always have an exciting shoot up their sleeve!
I like running and swimming so I try to fit that in as much as I can! I like to volunteer as much as I can (which I do at out local mosques, as I’m Muslim). Hope to see you at the Second Annual Beauty of Africa Gala this year!!
The Second Annual Black Tie Beauty of Africa Gala is on June 10th 2017 at the Festival Hall in Inglewood Calgary! Mimi is one of 15 contestants representing their countries of origin in a positive light. Although we no doubt believe she will do a great job at representing her country on stage, here are some facts you need to know about the beautiful Nation of Somalia!
Tickets are available now:
or on the events page on this website!!


  1. Somalia comprises of 27 regions and was colonized by both Britain and France before it gained independence in July, 1960
  2. Mogadishu is the capital of Somalia and its largest city. It is also known as Xamar.
  3. The official languages spoken in Somalia are Somalie and Arabic.
  4. Somalia is a semi-arid land that experiences a very hot climate as it is located close to the equator. The average temperature round the year is 20 to 40⁰C. Some parts in the north experience temperatures above 45⁰C.
  5. Agricultural products include cattle, goats, sheep, corn, sorghum, coconuts, sugarcane, mangoes, rice, sesame seeds and beans. They export livestock, hides, bananas, fish and charcoal.
  6. Loyalty and devotion to the family is important, and families always help each other when in need.
  7. Women never wear anything revealing and their garments generally have very conservative colours. Most Somali women wear full-length dresses that come in a variety of styles. For day-to-day activities, women in Somalia generally wear a guntiino. A guntiino is a long piece of cloth which is tied over the shoulder and draped around the woman’s waist.
  8. Traditionally a married woman will wear a scarf on her head. This scarf is called a shash. Many of the more conservative women wear veils. Conservative women will also often wear a jilbab which covers the entire body, except for head and hands. The head would then be covered by a scarf or sometimes a wrap
  9. On meal time’s people gather around a communal bowl or platter, and eat only with the right hand. Guests are offered larger servings.
  10. The majority of Somalis are Sunni Muslims and a smaller percentage follows the Shia Muslim denomination and Sufism.
  11. Somalia is the only country in the world that does not possess a central form of government.

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Photos by KofiHugo in Calgary, and @Kofihugo on Instagram 

Makeup by Amour Millie in Calgary

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