12 Well-Known Women You Didn't Know Were Refugees

All the news we hear about refugees these days may seem like it's coming from a world away, but some of the most famous women the world we all know and love were once in positions where they were forced to flee their homelands. Here are 12 amazing women who were refugees once upon a time in the gallery above.

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Alek Wek, model and fashion designer arrived in Britain in 1991 from Sudan. Photo Credit: Getty Images

Iman, supermodel moved to the U.S. from Somalia in 1975. Photo Credit: Getty Images

Regina Spektor, singer, songwriter, and pianist moved to the U.S. from Moscow in 1989. Photo Credit: Getty Images

Gloria Estefan, singer, songwriter, and actress moved to the U.S. from Cuba in 1959. Photo Credit: Getty Images

M.I.A., singer, moved from Sri Lanka to the U.K. in 1984. Photo Credit: Getty Images

Maria von Trapp, musician, almost-nun, and schoolteacher, left Austria for the U.S. in 1942. Photo Credit: Getty Images

Rita Ora, singer, fled to London from Pristina in 1991. Photo credit: Getty Images

Madeleine Albright, diplomat and former secretary of state, left Czechoslovakia for the U.S. in 1948. Photo Credit: Getty Images

Andreja Pejic, model, moved to Australia from Tuzla in 2000. Photo Credit: Getty Images

Isabel Allende, author and journalist, moved from Chile to Venezuela in 1973. Photo Credit: Getty Images

Anne Frank, teenager, diarist, moved from Germany to the Netherlands in 1933. Photo Credit: Getty Images

Marlene Dietrich, actress and singer, moved from Germany to the U.S. in 1930. Photo Credit: Getty Images