FASHION ICON, ENTREPRENEUR AND WIFE OF MUSICIAN DAVID BOWIE, IMAN ABDULMAJID (SOMALIA) IS/WAS THE FIRST FAMOUS BLACK AFRICAN SUPERMODEL IN HISTORY…!!!

Iman Abdulmajid was born July 25, 1955 in Mogadishu, Somalia.Professionally known as Iman.Once a Model always a Model, now I can simply say is a  fashion model, actress and entrepreneur based in United States. A pioneer in the field of ethnic cosmetics, she is also noted for her charitable work.Married to David Bowie. Her father was a diplomat and a former Somali ambassador to Saudi Arabia, and her mother was a gynecologist. For her education, Iman attended high school in Egypt and later lived in Kenya, where she studied political science at the University of Nairobi. She’s fluent in five languages: Somali, Arabic, Italian, French and English
While still at university, Iman was discovered by American photographer Peter Beard, and subsequently moved to the United States to begin a modeling career. Her first modeling assignment was for Vogue a year later in 1976. She soon landed some of the most prestigious magazine covers, establishing herself as a supermodel.
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. She became amuse for many prominent designers, including Halston, Gianni Versace, Calvin Klein, Issey Miyake, Donna Karan, and, in particular, Yves Saint-Laurent.
During her 14 years as a high fashion model, Iman also worked with many notable photographers, including Helmut Newton,Richard Avedon, Irving Penn and Annie Leibovitz.
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 was also 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 ethnic 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.
As of 2010, Iman Cosmetics is a $25-million-a-year business. It is centered on $14.99 foundations in 4 formulations and 14 shades, and is among the top-selling foundation brands on Walgreens' website.
Iman twice appeared in Miami Vice, playing Dakota in Back in the World (1985) and Lois Blyth in Love At First Sight (1988). Also in 1988, she appeared as Marie Babineaux on an episode of In the Heat of the Night.  She  was also featured in ‘Remember the Time Video song’ By Michael Jackson……….LOL
In the mid-2000s, Iman spent two years as the host of Bravo TV's fashion-themed show, Project Runway Canada. In November 2010, she along with friend and colleague, designer Isaac Mizrahi, also began hosting the second season of The Fashion Show, a series Bravo started to replace its former hit Project Runway that now moved to the Lifetime network. An occasional actress, Iman first featured in the 1979 British film The Human Factor, and appeared in the 1985 Oscar-winning film Out of Africa alongside Robert Redford and Meryl Streep. She then portrayed Nina Beka in the 1987 thriller No Way Out with Kevin Costner, and later played a shapeshifting alien named Martia in Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country (1991).

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