28 Days of Fashion : in Celebration of Black History Month – Iman Abdulmajid
Iman Mohamed Abdulmajid (July 25, 1955) is professionally known as Iman (which means “faith” in Arabic), is a Somali fashion model, actress and entrepreneur. A pioneer in the field of ethnic cosmetics, she is also noted for her charitable work.
Born in Mogadishu, Somalia, Iman is the daughter of a diplomat and a former Somali ambassador to Saudi Arabia and 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. Iman is Muslim and 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.
She became a muse 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. 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 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 has other television and movie credits and 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.
Currently, she is married to David Bowie and continues her fashion entrepreneurship to continue to be one of the most successful supermodels in the world.
Stay tuned throughout the month as we educate, inspire and explore during “28 days of Fashion” here on Dru Christine: Hustle & Sew (www.druchristine.wordpress.com).
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