Hayat Ahmed Mohammed
(born 1982) is the 2003 Miss World
contender from Ethiopia
. Her name in Arabic means "life." Hayat Ahmed was Ethiopia's first representative to any Miss World pageant. At the time of the competition, she was a third-year student at the Unity University College
pursuing a course in Information Management
In the 2003 Miss World pageant with 100 contestants, Hayat made the semi-finals and the title "Continental Queen of Beauty - Africa." The pageant took place in China
and was seen by 1 billion people.
Hayat currently focuses her time on promoting condoms and bringing HIV/AIDS
awareness to other parts of the country. This has sparked outrage and claims of hypocrisy as she is a Muslim woman promoting Safe Sex
in Ethiopia, a very culturally conservative country, by using very western-style seductive advertisements for condoms
Hayat now runs Bellissima, a controversial condom café in Addis Ababa where all patrons are given condoms with the receipt. "Some Ethiopian people get shocked when they bring the bill with a condom, some saying we are promoting immorality," a waiter stated in 2008.
By 2010, Bellissima was well-established, and still distributing free coffee-flavored condoms with the sponsorship of Marie Stopes International
. The condoms are also... Read More