Iman

Model, Actor
With her regal frame, arresting features, and sharp wit, Iman was a supermodel personified. The Somali-born Iman forever changed the face of high fashion, breaking all barriers that had previously prevented black models ... Read more »
Born: 07/25/1955 in Somalia

Filmography

Actor (29)

Revealing: Face Value 2013 - 2014 (TV Show)

Actor

In the Heat of the Night 1988 - 1989, 2010 - 2011 (Tv Show)

Actor

The BET Honors 2011 2010 - 2011 (TV Show)

Actor

The Fashion Show: Ultimate Collection 2010 - 2011 (Tv Show)

Host

Oprah Winfrey's Legends' Ball 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

Actor

America's Next Top Model 2005 (Tv Show)

Actor

The 2001 Essence Awards 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Presenter

The Greatest Supermodels 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Intimate Portrait: Iman 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

Models Uncovered 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

The Deli 1997 (Movie)

The Avocado Lady (Actor)

The VH1 Fashion Awards 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Presenter

Exit to Eden 1994 (Movie)

Nina (Actor)

The Linguini Incident 1992 (Movie)

(Actor)

House Party 2 1991 (Movie)

Sheila (Actor)

L.A. Story 1991 (Movie)

Cynthia (Actor)

Star Trek VI: the Undiscovered Country 1991 (Movie)

Martia (Actor)

The 22nd Annual NAACP Image Awards 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Performer

No Way Out 1987 (Movie)

Nina Beka (Actor)

Surrender 1987 (Movie)

Hedy (Actor)

Out of Africa 1985 (Movie)

Mariammo (Actor)

The Cosby Show 1985 (Tv Show)

Actor

Exposed 1983 (Movie)

Model (Actor)

Jane Austen in Manhattan 1980 (Movie)

Sufi Leader (Actor)

The Human Factor 1980 (Movie)

Sarah Castle (Actor)

Dream On (TV Show)

Actor

Heart of Darkness (TV Show)

Actor

Lies of the Twins (TV Show)

Actor

Biography

With her regal frame, arresting features, and sharp wit, Iman was a supermodel personified. The Somali-born Iman forever changed the face of high fashion, breaking all barriers that had previously prevented black models from striding down the most elite catwalks, landing lucrative beauty contracts, and gracing magazine covers. At the height of her career, Iman worked with some of the world's most famed photographers and designers. She also won over British rock icon, David Bowie, whom she married in 1992. After she retired from modeling, Iman went on to helm a successful cosmetics line for women of color, appeared in a number of film and TV roles, and became the spokeswoman for various humanitarian causes. In 2010, Iman starred on the reality competition series "The Fashion Show" (Bravo, 2010- ), where she inspired fashion confidence, and at the same time, cemented her place in fashion as one of its most multifaceted and influential personalities.

Relationships

David Bowie

Husband
Bowie proposed November 1991 married on June 6, 1992

David Bowie Song

Husband
Got engaged after a brief courtship Married in Lausanne, Switzerland.

Spencer Haywood

Husband
divorced

Zulekha Haywood

Daughter
born c. 1988 father Spencer Haywood

Duncan Jones Director

Step-Son

Alexandria Jones

Daughter
born on August 15, 2000 father, David Bowie

EDUCATION

attended boarding schools

attended a school in Kiev, Ukraine for six months in 1969; received military training

University of Nairobi

had plans to major in political science when modeling career took off

Milestones

2000

Introduced cosmetics line I-IMAN

1992

Starred with Michael Jackson, Eddie Murphy, and Magic Johnson in John Singleton's "Remember the Time" music video for Jackson

1992

Made the documentary "A Journey Home, Somalia"

1991

First TV-movie, "Lies of the Twins", made for the USA Network

1985

Earliest TV acting work included a guest stint on an episode of the popular crime drama series, "Miami Vice", directed by series star Don Johnson; episode titled "Back to the World"

1979

Made feature film debut in "The Human Factor"

1979

Signed to be part of a major ad campaign for Revlon cosmetics

1978

Moved to New York City; photos of Iman noticed by a modeling agent at an art gallery exhibition of Beard's work; signed to a contract by the Elite Modeling Agency in Manhattan (date approximate)

1977

Discovered by photographer Peter Beard while she was still a student at the University of Nairobi; did some posing for the artist and was encouraged to move to New York

After receiving death threats, her family relocated from Somalia to Kenya; much later family moved to Virginia in the USA

Sent to live with grandmother in Ethiopia as a child

Bonus Trivia

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Her parents had originally wanted to name her Zahra but her grandfather insisted on the more masculine name of Iman.

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There is an official Web site at www.i-iman.com

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