Interview with Sara Nuru: Germany’s Next Top Model

Sarah Nuru, Germany's Top Model 2009. (Photo: Sarah Nuru's Myspace page)

Tadias Magazine

By Tadias Staff

May 22, 2009

New York (TADIAS) – The following is an interview with Sarah Nuru, who was crowned Germany’s Top Model last month after she beat out 21,000 contestants to claim the coveted title.

Heidi Klum, the top model host, made the announcement in front of a packed crowd of 15,000 in the Cologne Lanxess Arena.

The 19-year-old fashion model from Munich, whose parents immigrated from Ethiopia, has earned the nickname “Sunshine” from Germany’s Next Top Model, and was wildly popular with her competitors.

Here is our interview with Sara.

TADIAS: Sara, thank you for your time and congratulations. How does it feel to be crowned Germany’s Next Top Model?

Sara: Thank you very much, I feel very happy. Yes it is quite amazing what is going on right now. It will probably take time until I really recognize this amazing development. But so far, it is a wonderful experience and right now a very exciting time for me.

TADIAS: What does this title mean for your future career?

Sara: To be honest, the title is a great door-opener but I will not lay back and enjoy the title . I have a great chance to make the very best of my benefit. Since the 21st of May, the day I became Germany’s next Top-model, I was hardly at home, worked day and night and really enjoyed my new life as a model! That’s how I imagined it.

TADIAS: This is historical in a sense that the media is saying that you are the first black person to be crowned Germany’s Next Top Model. Did you feel additional pressure because of your cultural background?

Sara Nuru. (Photo by Oliver S.)

Sara: Well, I feel honored that you call it “historical”, but I wouldn’t make a big thing of it . For me, it is of course fantastic to be a black model. I’m very happy that I became the winner of Germany’s next Top-model beside so many beautiful and talented girls. I’m Ethiopian through my parents that’s a fact and I’m absolutely proud of it. But I can’t imagine that my skin color had a big effect for my victory at this show .

TADIAS: Where do you see yourself in a few years?

Sara: It is quite difficult to predict a career, but I have a reliable agency and already great jobs and four big campaigns to work for. Of course, it is desirable for every model to be successful in the international model business. But I am someone who is down to earth and I, of course, will work hard and be calm and serene in attending to my ways.

TADIAS: Is there anything else you would like to share with our readers?

Sara: Thank you to everyone who believed in me. And, yes, just like I said stay true to yourself and never forget were you came from.

TADIAS: Good luck Sara.

Sara: Thank you very much and all the best.

Sara Nuru – One of Her First Interviews After Her Victory

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87 Responses to “Interview with Sara Nuru: Germany’s Next Top Model”

  1. 1 Nini (Germany) May 22nd, 2009 at 8:56 am

    Congratulations dearest Sara. You are beautiful and brilliant. Germany is proud of you and Ethiopians are even more proud. Good luck on all your future adventures. May god’s grace be always with you!

    Cheers, Cheers, Cheers!!

  2. 2 Tesfa May 22nd, 2009 at 9:56 am

    Hi sara;

    mein herzliches Glückwünsch aus München;
    Du bist die beste , mach weiter so,

    It is nice to have a wonderful people like you from Ethiopia atleast it will change the bad image of our country.
    enjoy your life , keep cool, save money and open your eyes and give a chance the poor girls at home,….

  3. 3 Birhanu May 22nd, 2009 at 10:00 am

    She deserved it!

  4. 4 May 22nd, 2009 at 10:56 am

    Hi Tadias

    She is born in Munich, Germanay But her family, They are Ethiopians.

    Here is what she says on the second part of the above video @

  5. 5 May 22nd, 2009 at 10:57 am

    More of Sara Nuru on EthioTube:

  6. 6 Haile May 22nd, 2009 at 11:44 am

    I thank the organizers, the young people who voted for Sarah and all the folks who are behind this event for appreciating the beauty, cute mind and loveliness of this girl. Congratulations Sarah! God bless Germany! God bless Ethiopia!

  7. 7 Jenny May 22nd, 2009 at 12:20 pm

    Sara or (sunshine )

    Herzliche Gluckwunche sara nuru!!!!

    Congratulation Sara,You are so beautiful and smart
    Germany is proud of u and Ethiopian also your family.

    Herzliche Glucwunche
    du bist die beste
    We love you (USA)

  8. 8 Tity May 22nd, 2009 at 12:29 pm

    congratulation Sara. You are so beautiful and a successful Next Top Model.

    God bless you!

  9. 9 EthiBoy From London May 22nd, 2009 at 1:01 pm

    Dearest Sara and family,

    I would like to congratulate you on your success and hope your next stop will be Hollywood. Go and get them Girl!

    May god bless you and your family.

  10. 10 desPes May 22nd, 2009 at 1:29 pm

    Nice. I also like the other Ethiopian down there who greeted her. Once thing I know Germans know how to celebrate. Haha

  11. 11 mamo May 22nd, 2009 at 2:00 pm

    hi, sara du hast es geschafft mach nur weiter so Äthiopien steht hinter Dir .

  12. 12 Medalya radio May 22nd, 2009 at 2:04 pm

    We are delighted by the result and we would like to say thanks for the organizers on behalf of our audiences. Sara Nuru is our special citizen.We love you Sara!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  13. 13 Tsigay May 22nd, 2009 at 2:15 pm

    I didn’t watch the show cause I was here in Addis but I know that you have brains and personality to go along with that awesome beauty of yours! We’re head over heels happy and even more proud of you!

    Ahmed, Ethiopia

  14. 14 Danot May 22nd, 2009 at 2:18 pm

    you are a wonderful girl sara! Do go to holywood & do the best you could do.

  15. 15 shimi May 22nd, 2009 at 2:28 pm

    Congratulations Sara. Keep it up!

  16. 16 Fafe May 22nd, 2009 at 2:56 pm

    I would like to congratulate you on your success, You are so beautiful


  17. 17 Glenys May 22nd, 2009 at 3:19 pm

    Congratulation Sara!!! I wish you all the luck in the world. You are a beautiful, intelligent young lady. Please stay as nice as you are. May God take care of you, and shower you with many blessings.

  18. 18 Adolfo May 22nd, 2009 at 3:38 pm

    Herzlichen Glückwunsch! Having lived in Germany for many years, I have never imagined they would vote for a dark skinned person in any contest.

  19. 19 dagne May 22nd, 2009 at 4:16 pm

    Congratulations My Ethiopian sister, I am sure you will use your God Given Beauty And Personality for the good cause of helping your country and change it’s image, I wish you all the beast, Good Luck Sara and May God guide you and protect yo on your New experience for Life.

  20. 20 Thmas May 22nd, 2009 at 6:07 pm

    congratulation sara you are from beautiful inside and out. Ethiopians are proud of you…just the beginning….

  21. 21 dembusu May 22nd, 2009 at 8:03 pm

    Congragdulation. This is such a great achievment and I am happy for you. I am sure next stop will be New York

  22. 22 Nagish May 22nd, 2009 at 8:07 pm

    Thanks Sara , you are revealing the other side of the story.thanks the organizers too for their effort .I hope you be a bridge b/n Ethiopia and the beloved Germany and or b/n Africa and Europe, Ambassador Sara.

  23. 23 Yani May 22nd, 2009 at 8:23 pm

    Sara Nuru:

    Daughter of Ethiopia(Abyssinia)-and outcome of the blessed Germany.


    You made your country Ethiopia proud.

    God bless you and bless the womb of the Ethiopan mother that gave birth to Queen Sara. (God bless your dad gash Nuru.)

  24. 24 Jarso May 22nd, 2009 at 9:01 pm

    I wish I could speak Germany. I only understood the where are you from question, her response for that, and the comment. Go go go Kongo sarah. Habesha Kongo!

  25. 25 Assefa May 22nd, 2009 at 9:24 pm

    I would like to congratulate sara on your success, You are so beautiful

    Mein herzliches Glückwünsch aus Canada

    Keep it up


  26. 26 nas May 23rd, 2009 at 1:49 am

    I would like to say congratulations to Sara. I was looking at GOOGLE news this morning. I usually does that all the time. Many times i come across news not worthy of mentioning, especially for Ethiopians. But today, i read this beautiful article i would like to share and talk about it.


  27. 27 George May 23rd, 2009 at 4:04 am

    To win out of all those 21 thousand beautiful blondes shows that she has all the package.
    She is stunningly beautiful and very articulate. God bless Germany for being very fair. Last time another 19 year old was crowned Africa’s beauty in Beijing and today Sara, also 19, was crowned the best in Germany. America watch out, it is you next. What a good image for Ethiopia. These are good ambassadors for tourism in Ethiopia. God bless you.

  28. 28 daniel May 23rd, 2009 at 5:51 am

    Sup dearest treasured Sarah!I am pleased with it! We are proud of you! Keep it up! I wish you bright future and all the best!! MAY GOD BLESS ETHIOPIA AND GERMANY!”.

    Best wishes and kind regards!
    Daniel from Germany

  29. 29 Zemzem Mohammed May 23rd, 2009 at 11:44 am

    Congratulation, Sara

    Wasington, Dc USA

  30. 30 Ras Adauto May 23rd, 2009 at 12:44 pm

    Sara Nuru,

    Du warst die beste, die schönste und eleganteste der Nacht.
    Ein äthiopiescher Schatz!

    Translation: (You were the best, the most beautiful and most elegant of the night).


    Ras Adauto Berlin
    23.mai 2009

  31. 31 german May 23rd, 2009 at 7:29 pm

    ethio oromos are proud of you!

  32. 32 VAroujean Tilbian May 23rd, 2009 at 11:17 pm

    I am of Armenian background but was born in Addis Ababa in 1946. My father and family all went to Ethiopia during Menelik time. I was 26 when I left Addis and came to the USA. I am a proud Ethiopian. I speak, write and read Amharic and consider myself Ethiopian. When I saw your news I was very very happy for you and proud to see that Ethiopians are starting to make great positive news in the world. My advise to you is don’t forget your parents, your country your heritage and do some good to the deserving poor in Ethiopia. God has blessed you. Enjoy your life and do well and smile.


  33. 33 emily May 24th, 2009 at 10:47 am

    hi Sara, well done and congratulations!

  34. 34 Abeba May 24th, 2009 at 12:27 pm

    Hi Sara Herzliche Glückwünsch aus München mache weitter du bist so süß,

  35. 35 Martha May 24th, 2009 at 1:07 pm

    Congratulations to Sara… May God be with you and protect you for whatever you are about to experience. We are proud of you and we are proud of Germany as well.
    Thanks to the organizers of this event.


  36. 36 yisssu May 25th, 2009 at 8:21 am

    Hi sara i’m very proud of u.may God bless u

  37. 37 H May 25th, 2009 at 8:35 am

    Hi Sara
    Congradulations I am very much happy and proud of you … God bless you.


  38. 38 Become her FACEBOOK Fan May 25th, 2009 at 12:18 pm

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  39. 39 Debre Tabor May 25th, 2009 at 3:48 pm

    Congratulations to Sara on your jubilant triumph!

    Congratulations to Germany on its bold move from toleration towards an embraced acceptance of diversity!


  40. 40 Yoghibubu May 25th, 2009 at 5:00 pm

    Way to go girl!!!!!!!!!!

  41. 41 Daniel ks May 26th, 2009 at 12:28 am

    i am really proud of you keep going so you can be the next world top model. i am sure you will do it!

  42. 42 Nnegest Likke May 26th, 2009 at 3:08 am

    Congratulations yena habisha ihut. Gobez nesh. You make us proud! Keep rising to the top.

    Nnegest Likke
    Writer/Director Phat Girlz Movie

  43. 43 sue May 26th, 2009 at 4:44 am

    congrats sarah..butiful,brilliant and what do i say,u made Germany and most of all Ethipia proud..
    sue, Kenya..

  44. 44 Sintayehu May 26th, 2009 at 7:27 am

    Where on earth is this volcanic girl? Your power of sight is magnificent.

    Keep up the good deeds!

  45. 45 Kiflu May 26th, 2009 at 8:56 am

    Hi Sara Nuru
    I am very happy for you & your family.

  46. 46 Melat May 26th, 2009 at 9:10 am

    Liebe Sara,

    Herzlichen Glückwünsch! Bleib so natürlich wie du bist. Man sieht dass du eine gut erzogene Person bist, also Danke W/O Mulu und Ato Nuru. Alles Gute. Ich wunsche dir viellllllllllll Gluck und Spasssssssssssss für deine Zukunft.

    Gruesse aus Berlin.

    (Congratulations! Stay as natural as you are. One sees that you have a well-mannered person, so thank you W / O Ato Mulu and Nuru. All the best. I wish you many good luck for your future.)

    Greetings from Berlin

  47. 47 PB May 27th, 2009 at 4:36 am

    ethio oromos are proud of you!

  48. 48 Amedetsion May 27th, 2009 at 3:10 pm

    Congratulations Sarah, you did a great job. I loved your smile. I feel like I knew you very well. Your photos are very beautiful. I wish I understood the language; I missed the message of your conversation. It made me crr when you began to cry I really wanted you to win so that we all Ethiopians once again win. Now that it’s all over you can relax and prepare yourself for the commercials. Take care of yourself. Stay healthy and productive, a positive image for your origin, Ethiopia.


  49. 49 Hacker May 27th, 2009 at 8:16 pm

    Fortunately the choice for Germany’s Next Top Model isn’t based on public opinion, as is the case with DSDS. Sweetie, Sara Honey-Nuru would otherwise have had no chance. Thanks to the fair Jury, who got exactly what they wanted; namely a complete Package.

    New York, Milan, Paris, Barcelona … WATCH OUT !!!

  50. 50 tewodros May 27th, 2009 at 10:05 pm

    goood for her but it is like a politically correct choice for germany the first black bla bla thing …………..

  51. 51 Berhe May 28th, 2009 at 6:55 am

    Congra dear sister,

    I am not surprised why they voted for you. You are the modern queen makeda (sheba) who left her country to get more wisdom.

    Do not forget your motherland and your people. They are very proud of you and you love them too.

  52. 52 DR.MIKIYAS BELAY May 28th, 2009 at 7:33 pm

    proud of you…….

  53. 53 Cosmic (Germany) May 29th, 2009 at 7:01 am


    You carried urself so well all along the season….the final was just an icing on a cake ….

    You weren’t just a model….u also have the modeling a lifestyle…and u might have won the former officially but most importantly u won the later in all Ethiopians heart.

    Congrats and Stay beautiful

  54. 54 Gemtuzumab ozogamycin Jun 2nd, 2009 at 2:50 pm

    She is of a Germany citizenship which means she is not ETHIOPIAN. Just like President Obama is not a kenyan. Please get the basic fact right people.

  55. 55 tt Jun 3rd, 2009 at 2:40 pm

    I would like to say congratulations to Sara. You are very beautiful and I am really proud of you. Keep going so you are the world top model. Well done!

  56. 56 ozzi Jun 4th, 2009 at 12:06 pm

    Here in Australia…we are heaps proud of you Sara. Well done!

  57. 57 Desi Jun 5th, 2009 at 2:24 pm

    Congratulations Sarah Nuru! Enjoy your LR Health and Beauty Systems Perfume!

  58. 58 seble.BAHRU Jun 5th, 2009 at 9:51 pm

    HI SARA Congratulations I am proud of you. GOD BE WITH YOU.

  59. 59 Million Jun 8th, 2009 at 6:44 am

    Congratulation on your victory. U really deserve it; u r so much beautiful physically and mentally.
    Looking forward to your next activity in Ethiopia.

  60. 60 wako wondimu Jun 8th, 2009 at 7:26 am

    mein herzliches Glückwünsch aus Aethiopien addis abeba;

    Wako Wondimu

  61. 61 hannah Jun 9th, 2009 at 6:56 am

    Before I even saw your name ,I said this is an Ethiopian . Congrats Beautiful girl . Your parents must be really proud .

  62. 62 Abu Jun 11th, 2009 at 1:01 am

    Sara Nuru Hussen

    Herzlich Glueck Wuensch From your’s Family Abubeker

    Aus USA

  63. 63 mesfin geremew Jun 25th, 2009 at 2:27 pm

    I am happy that there is someone one step before us (ETHIOPIANS) and am in love with ur beauty plus ur inner thoughts as i read it.

    keep it up. god b wit u.

    lov u.
    c u.

  64. 64 haj siddig Jun 26th, 2009 at 9:37 am

    hi sara congrtulatons

  65. 65 Lem Lem Jul 12th, 2009 at 9:41 pm

    Hi Sara congradulations on your outstanding victory. You make all Ethiopians proud. You are an example for others. I wish you well in future endavour. Keep it up!

  66. 66 FA Jul 19th, 2009 at 8:06 pm

    Congratulations beautiful Sara. I was so happy to see you win. May God bless you and protect you. May God also bless beautiful Germany and the beautiful German people who
    voted for you.

    Your fellow Ethiopian sister from USA

  67. 67 SONIA Aug 3rd, 2009 at 8:06 am

    Hi Sara congradulations.I am proud of you. yeap you are the sunshine of all Ethiopian girls.
    may your will progress more.
    soni from Asossa, ETHIOPA

  68. 68 Robel Meseret Sep 14th, 2009 at 2:36 am

    She is sooooo beautiful…. we are so proud of you and u deserve it. Ethiopia has got some one who could change its bad image. go take over the world

  69. 69 BIRU Sep 14th, 2009 at 12:10 pm

    I would like to congratulate you on your success and I hope your next stop will be here. Congratulation Sara!!! I wish you all the luck in the world. You are a beautiful, intelligent young lady. Please stay as nice as you are. May God take care of you, and shower you with many blessings. congratulations My Ethiopian sister, I am sure you will use your God Given Beauty And Personality for the good cause of helping your country and change it’s image, I wish you all the beast, Good Luck Sara and May God guide you and protect on your New experience for Life.
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  70. 70 Biruk Bereda Sep 29th, 2009 at 2:38 am

    Congratulations Sara. I am proud to be Ethiopian. U showed the world that Eth is the place were beauties emminate.

  71. 71 flu addis Sep 29th, 2009 at 6:12 am

    Congratulations Sara You are so beautiful and brilliant.

  72. 72 addis bekele Oct 2nd, 2009 at 6:33 am

    Congratulations Sara.I am proud of you,I am very much happy and proud of you … God bless you.embete teketlsh!!!!

  73. 73 Aschalew Oct 3rd, 2009 at 2:33 am

    Hi! u Sara. really we are proud of you. u really beautiful girl. keep doing, keep going.

    Thank u! A.A

  74. 74 hana Oct 7th, 2009 at 8:23 pm

    thanks for you and your father to visit oromia where your father born and we are proud of you!!! dont forget your roots.

  75. 75 HANA Oct 21st, 2009 at 7:29 am

    hey sara yr such great.Im really proud of you

  76. 76 Kool Nov 17th, 2009 at 5:55 pm

    Oh MY God, she is amazing, it doesn’t matter where she is from.But guys she is, not just because she is Ethiopian. She is just beautiful. Ethiopia,Oromia,Ethiopia-…..bla bla is that so Important? For me it is like being rich by Alahmudin’s dollar.

    She is German by the way, LOL

  77. 77 Selomon Dec 5th, 2009 at 7:57 pm

    She is Great!

    I found her group here : –

    its cool group

  78. 78 kuku Dec 15th, 2009 at 6:44 am

    hi,Sara, i was crying when i watched the final. when your name called as a winner, i cried even more! what a beauty! you made us(black people) proud!im sure every ethiopians are proud! God bless you!

  79. 79 Jara Dec 28th, 2009 at 8:22 am

    I love you!!

  80. 80 Seble Mekonen Feb 18th, 2010 at 9:14 am

    sarina don’t forget your GOD it is work of god.

    Thank you…

  81. 81 Ayaantu Mar 24th, 2010 at 9:52 pm

    She is an Oromo not ethiopian.

  82. 82 Meseret Apr 26th, 2010 at 5:49 am

    She is very lovely. Ich liebe Dich.

  83. 83 ALIYI Jun 1st, 2010 at 8:06 am

    I am sorry to the persons debating over Sara’s ethnicity. Whether she is Oromo, Amhara, Tigre or Gurage. This should not be your concern, but simply proud of her but in reality she is Oromo from Jimmaa Abbaa Jifaar.

  84. 84 abriea Aron Jun 1st, 2010 at 8:32 pm

    Sara thanks for making us so proud. You made all Africans very happy. For those who has so much time and energy to divide us. Sara is a real Ethiopian. Please don’t poison her mind with your sickness. You are sick.
    How sad is that? Hard to believe that you are still paralized by your narrow mind. Don’t you get that Sara is about unity. She has no problem saying that she is Ethiopian. Don’t you get it? Shut up and put up. Ethiopia is Ethiopia not Oromo not Guragie, not Somali, not Amhara etc… None of that. Ethiopia is Ethiopia!!!!

  85. 85 mo killer Jun 14th, 2010 at 5:21 pm

    You all lying she is Somalian from Ethiopia i know her she is on my facebook she speak and writes in somali lang

  86. 86 Meaza Alemayehu Sep 4th, 2011 at 8:25 am

    Really it is great to all Ethiopians!!

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