Paola, one of the four “Twisters”, posing for the camera. When she grows up, she will be my model. I hope so. Photo by ©Omar Upegui R.

8 thoughts on “Portraiture”

  1. Morning Ann and Barbara:

    As you know, Paola is one of the young “Twisters“. She is four years old, and enjoys posing for the camera. I’m always asking if she wants to be my model when she grows up. She stiffs up and say, “No way!”. Omar smiles.

    Anyway, I’m optimistic she will keep posing for me until the “No” becomes real, Then I’m in trouble. Models are not easily available in this part of the world. At least not models that will pose for free, like Paola does.

    Have a beautiful day!


    1. As the years pass by, Paola is morphing into a beautiful girl. I can almost imagine how she will look like when she turns 17 or 18. She reminds me of a Somalese woman who became one of the most gorgeous models in the U.S. and Europe.

      Her name is Waris Dinie. She was discovered by a famous photographer in London while she was cleaning at a McDonald’s restaurant. As soon as he saw her, he knew then and there he was before a rough diamond that only needed polishing up. And that he did. Soon she crossed the pond and the rest is history in the world of fashion and ravishing women walking the catwalks of the posh cities of the world—New York, Paris, London, Rome, Milan, Hong Kong and so forth.

      Waris Dinie is a Somali model, author, actress and social activist. From 1997 to 2003, she served as a United Nations Special Ambassador. She wrote a book, which became an immediate best seller. The title of the book was “Desert Flower” which later became a global-class motion picture. I saw the movie a couple of day ago at Netflix. Her story is absolutely inspiring.

      When she was modeling she represented famous brands like Chanel, Levi’s, L’oréal and Revlon. She is now living in Austria and Poland and adopted the Austrian citizenship.

      This is how I see Paola, like a sparkling diamond in the making.

      Thank you for your nice comments.


  2. I’m so glad you know the woman of my comments. Her documentary was a very inspiring story of courage and determination. As you probably know, she is fighting societies that still cling to the cruel and irrational tradition of female genital mutilation (FGM).

    As for Paola, I look forward towards her future in the world of fashion and catwalks of major cities around the world. Fingers crossed!



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