Iman at the 2009 Tribeca Film Festival. Somali-American fashion model, actress modeling with children 5 6 years entrepreneur. A 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. 99 USD foundations in 4 formulations and 14 shades, and is among the top-selling foundation brands on Walgreens website. In spring 2012, Iman signed fellow Somali designers Ayaan and Idyl Mohallim, founders of the Mataano fashion company, as brand ambassadors for her cosmetics line. Inspired by her childhood in Egypt and modeling time with Halston, Iman’s first collection introduced embroidered, one-size-fits-all caftans. She also had a guest role as Mrs. In the mid-2000s, Iman spent two years as the host of Bravo TV’s fashion-themed show, Project Runway Canada. Iman made a cameo alongside her husband David Bowie in the 1999 Windows 9x and Dreamcast 3D adventure game, Omikron: The Nomad Soul.
In addition to running her global beauty company, Iman is also actively involved in a number of charitable endeavors. She is currently a spokesperson for the Keep a Child Alive program, and works closely with the Children’s Defense Fund. Over the course of her long modeling and philanthropic career, Iman has received many awards. Iman with her husband David Bowie in 2009.