Friday, February 18, 2011

The Entrepenuer: Iman

"My dream woman is Iman" - Yves Saint Laurent

Iman, born Iimaan Maxamed Cabdulmajiid, was born in Mogadishu, Somalia in 1955. Her father was an ambassador to Saudi Arabia and her mother was a gynecologist. Iman studied at Nairobi University in Kenya and majored in political science. She was discovered while attending Nairobi and moved to the United States in 1975. The model is fluent in five languages: Somali, Arabic, Italian, French and English.

The supermodel was featured in countless fashion magazines, including Vogue, and walked for many designers during her two decades of modeling. She was also the muse to some of the top photographers in the world.

In 1994, Iman started her own cosmetic line geared toward women of color to fill the void of hard to find colors. Iman Cosmetics was worth over $25 million in 2010. Iman also has a fashion line featured on HSN called Global Chic.

Iman has been on numerous television shows and movies and is the current host and judge of Fashion Show, a reality fashion designer competition show on the Bravo network.

She continues to help her native country with numerous charities and fundraisers.

The model is married to rock glam god, David Bowie and is still one of the hardest working women in fashion history.

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