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Iman Mohamed Abdulmajid (Somali: Cimaan Maxamed Cabdimajiid, Arabic: ÅíãÇä ãÍãÏ ÚÈÏ ãÇÌÏý) (born July 25, 1955), professionally known as Iman (which means "faith" in Arabic), is a Somali supermodel. She is married to David Bowie.
Born in Mogadishu, Somalia, Iman is the daughter of Marian and Mohamed Abdulmajid, a former Somali ambassador to Saudi Arabia. She is Muslim and has two brothers, Elyas and Feisal, and a sister, Nadia. Iman attended high school in Egypt and later lived in Kenya, where her parents still reside. Fluent in five languages (Arabic, English, French, Italian, and Somali), she studied political science at the University of Nairobi.
In 1975, Iman was recruited as a model by American photographer Peter Beard and relocated to the United States. Her first modeling assignment was for Vogue in 1976.
The fashion designer Yves Saint-Laurent said, "My dream woman is Iman". She recalls her experience as a house model for Yves Saint Laurent`s African Queen couture collection as the most memorable moment of her modeling career.
An occasional actress, Iman played a shapeshifter named Martia in the 1991 film Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country, and appeared in the Oscar-winning film Out of Africa alongside Robert Redford and Meryl Streep.
Iman guest-starred in an episode of Bravo`s TV show Project Runway, where she wore contestant Daniel Vosovic`s dress to a publicity shoot, and a Cycle 5 episode of America`s Next Top Model as one of the weekly mentors. Iman is currently the host of Project Runway Canada on the Slice network.
In May 2007 Iman launched her signature line, IMAN Global Chic, on HSN. She is CEO of IMAN Cosmetics, Skincare & Fragrances, a line she launched to market a selection of products towards women of color.
Iman is a spokesperson for the Keep A Child Alive program, which provides drugs to HIV/AIDS children and families in Africa and the rest of the developing world.
She is signed to 1/One Management in New York City, and Independent Models in London.
She also made a guest star appearance in the hit video: Remember The Time by Michael Jackson.
In 1977, Iman married American basketball player Spencer Haywood. Their daughter, Zulekha Haywood, was born in 1978; the couple divorced in February 1987. On April 24, 1992, she married iconic British musician David Bowie. They have one daughter, Alexandria Zahra "Lexi" Jones, born August 15, 2000. Iman is also stepmother to Bowie`s son from a previous marriage, Duncan Jones. Both children bear Bowie`s legal surname. Iman and her family reside primarily in Manhattan and London.
Nairobi University, Kenya
Full Name at Birth
Iman Mohamed Abdulmajid
Elias Abdulmajid, Feisal Abdulmajid
Iman Mohamed Abdulmajid (Somali: Imaan Maxamed Cabdimajiid, Arabic: ايمان محمد عبد المجيد; born 25 July 1955), professionally known as Iman ("faith" in Arabic), is a Somali-American fashion model, actress and entrepreneur. A pioneer in the field of ethnic cosmetics, she is also noted for her charitable work. She is married to David Bowie.
Fashion, Runway Model
Talent Agency (e.g. Modelling)
One Management - New York, Tess Management - London
models.com/people/iman-abdulmajid, www.vogue.com/voguepedia/Iman, www.fashionmodeldirectory.com/models/Iman_Abdulmajid/, onemanagement.com/the-ones/?group=celebrity-ones#iman, nymag.com/fashion/models/iman/iman/, www.tessmanagement.com/details.aspx?modelID=27486&subid=2365&mainsubid=2365
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