Ramla Ali: refugee to fan favorite, an inspiring tale

Female Pro Boxer/Fashion Model/Voice of Change: Ramla Ali of London, England by way of Mogadishu, Somalia, East Africa is no doubt a special lady.
Her stepping stones: At the time of Ramla Ali’s birth, September of 1989, her country of Somalia in West Africa was embroiled in a Civil War (1989-1992) and enduring the resulting famine. For the survival of their family, her parents decided to flee their home in Mogadishu especially after Ramla’s 12-year-old brother was killed by a mortar shell while playing in the street. After their perilous journey by boat, the family arrived in Kenya where Ramla’s mother worked extremely hard to save enough funds for the family to continue on their journey to Great Britain.

Following her Mother’s lead, young Ramla took full advantage of the education being provided by the host country. By age 12, this diligent student had put on some unwanted pounds and reached 182 lbs. Then, as luck would have it, the 12-year-old stopped by a neighborhood gym which was offering a Boxercise Class and became drawn to the sport, not only as a means of losing weight but a way to defend herself.

From that point, Ramla would spend three plus hours a day at the gym and she became a force. The now 126 lb. Featherweight began to win local tournaments which lead to her winning 2 National Titles plus International titles. Soon, Somalia took a personal interest and announced they’d like her to represent them in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics to become the first Somalian ever to go to the Olympics.

Once her inspirational tale became known, Her Highness Meghan Markle, the Duchess of Sussex took a personal interest and lined Ramla Ali up to become one of Vogue Magazine’s 15 Forces for Change in her 2019 special guest edited issue of Vogue Magazine which featured the following ladies: Actress/founder of Eighteen x 18 Yara Shahidi, Actress/campaigner Jane Fonda, Author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Climate Change Activist/student Greta Thunburg, Model and Founder of Every Mother Counts Christy Turlington Burns, Royal Ballet principal dancer Francesca Hayward, Actress/Advocate Jameela Jamil, Actress/Producer/Women’s Rights Advocate Salma Hayeck Pinault, Mental Health Campaigner/Model Adwoa Aboah, former refugee/Model Adut Akech, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern of New Zealand, Diversity Advocate Sinead Burke, Campaigner/Actress Gemma Chan, Actress, advocate, producer Laverne Cox and finally Great Britain’s latest heroine/former refugee/Pro Boxer/now lionized Model Ramla Ali.

After Vogue Magazine discovered how beautiful Ali was, Ramla went from being mentioned in a feature story to being a cover girl, and from her exposure in Vogue Magazine came more and more offers from a host of publications, marketers such as the Financial Times, Wall Street Journal, How To Spend It magazine, the BBC, Elle, the Daily Mail, Wonderland Magazine, Face to face Africa, Olympic Channel.com, CNN, Harpers Bazaar, Stylist, Pantene, Everlast, Nike and Coach. After signing with imgmodels.com, her options are aplenty which further proves that she is without a doubt an example for all refugees worldwide. Work hard like Ramla Ali and you too can become a huge success and make your mark.
Of course Ramla received a lot of support along the way: her caring family, husband Richard Moore who is Ramla’s devoted trainer/conditioning coach), her friend Karin, according to Ramla, “Karin is the best hairstylist in all of London”, plus Her Highness, Meghan Markle, the Duchess of Sussex who told her story and opened the floodgate of opportunities. Soon Eddie Hearns of NAZN and Matchroom Boxing became her Boxing Promoter, the Unified World Heavyweight Champ Anthony Joshua is currently her Boxing Manager and there’s also Sky Sports.
The couple’s lifestyle has certainly changed a lot.
Both young ladies are committed and both have to maintain a very busy schedule.
Now the question is: Can Ramla Ali remained focused and compete in both Boxing plus the world of High Fashion Modeling? Many believe if Ramla can go toe to toe with a fierce opponent in a boxing ring, it’s more than likely she can do both.
Here is a photo of “the Sisters Club” a class of future boxing champions which Ramla Ali is now training.
Ramla Ali’s husband Richard Moore (center) was recently honored and graciously accepted the position of Head Coach of the Republic of Somalia’s National Boxing Team. As a result, the couple’s workload and travel will increase all the more.

As far as planning your next trip to the Republic of Somalia, think positive: 

While Lockdown measures are currently in place for the United Kingdom, normally you could go by train to London’s Heathrow Airport and then fly the 16 hours and 53 minutes to Mogadishu, Somalia (a distance of 4,461 miles). Nowadays, you might consider taking along a parachute because at present there are some border closures in place in Somalia due to the Coronavirus and most travel in this still dangerous country has been restricted. 
The U.S. Department of State Travel Advisory at this time assesses Somalia at Level 4, indicating that travelers should not travel to the country due to crime, terrorism, civil unrest, health issues, kidnapping, and piracy. From the thick, ambush-perfect swamps around Kismayo in the south to the lethal labyrinth of Mogadishu to the pirate den of Boosaaso on the Gulf of Aden, Somalia is quite simply the most dangerous place in the world. Not just the United States but many governments are now advising against all travel to Mogadishu.
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