Khadija on Cosmo: Model Khadija Adam on the cover of Cosmopolitan Magazine (US), October 1986
Time for a "SASHES AND TIARAS" Look Back Moment: Khadija Adam. Khadija Adam Ismail was a beauty queen turned Supermodel--and one of my first "muses" when I was a young boy dreaming of becoming a fashion designer. 5' 9" tall Khadija--or Kate as she was called--was crowned Miss Kenya 1984, almost thirty years ago. She then flew to London to compete in the Miss World 1984 pageant and was one of the 15 Semi-Finalists. Khadija was also crowned Continental Queen of Africa, a special title which gave her a trophy plus, of course, "bragging rights".
Khadija Adam "Miss Kenya" at Miss World 1984, in her National Costume during the Miss World 1984 Parade of Nations
Khadija Adam "Miss Kenya", during the Swimsuit Competition of "Miss World 1984" (with her swimsuit scores)
Khadija Adam "Miss Kenya" (far left) getting her "Continental Queen of Africa" trophy at "Miss World 1984"
Soon after her "appearance" at the Miss World, she caught the eye of model agents, photographers and the world's top fashion designers, becoming one of the most sought-after models during the late 80's and early 90's. It's not usual for a Beauty Queen to turn into a Supermodel (only a handful have done as such, with Dayana Mendoza, Miss Universe 2008 and Helena Christensen who was Miss Denmark 1986 as standouts). Many girls competing in beauty pageants think that it could be a trampoline for such a career but it usually does not work out since the Beauty pageant world and the Fashion world are two different animals.
Here is a Photo Gallery of Khadija: the YSL Muse:
lost her fiance, Austrian driver Roland Ratzenberger, who died after a crash. Not much is known about what she's been up to since but I will always remember Khadija as one of my "muses" when I was dreaming of becoming a fashion designer, sketching in my bedroom. I would draw designs with her as the model. Wherever you are Khadija Adam, Thank you for your beauty, elegance and for unknowingly, being one of my first "paper dolls".