Iman at the 2009 Tribeca Film Festival. Somali-American fashion model, actress and entrepreneur. Modeling for children 2 years picture pioneer in the ethnic-cosmetics market, she is also noted for her philanthropic work.
Iman was born Zara Mohamed Abdulmajid in Mogadishu, the capital of the Somalia. She was later renamed Iman at her grandfather’s urging. Iman is the daughter of Marian and Mohamed Abdulmajid. Iman lived with her grandparents during her formative years. At the age of four, she was sent to boarding school in Egypt, where she spent most of her childhood and adolescence.
Following political unrest in Somalia, Iman’s father moved the family back to the country. Iman at the Metropolitan Opera opening night on 25 September 2006. While still at university, Iman was discovered by American photographer Peter Beard, and subsequently moved to the United States to begin a modeling career. With her long neck, tall stature, slender figure, fine features, copper-toned skin, and exotic accent, Iman was an instant success in the fashion world, though she herself insists that her looks are merely or typically Somali.
Iman credits the nurturing she received from various designers with having given her the confidence to succeed in an era when individuality was valued and model-muses were often an integral part of the creative process. She is signed to TESS Management in London. After almost two decades of modeling, Iman started her own cosmetics firm in 1994, focusing on difficult-to-find shades for women. Based on her years of experience mixing her own formulations for make-up artists to use on her, she had a personal hand in the final product and also acted as the commercial face of the company.