Iman Mohamed Abdulmajid (born July 25, 1955), professionally known as Iman (which means “faith” in Arabic), is a Somali model, actress, and entrepreneur. 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, and has two brothers, Elyas and Feisal, and a sister, Nadia. She 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 (Arabic, English, French, Italian, and Somali).
In 1975, Iman was recruited as a model by American photographer Peter Beard, and subsequently 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 appeared twice in Miami Vice, playing Dakota in Back In The World (1985) and Nina Beka in No Way Out (1987) with Kevin Costner. She also played the role of Lois Blyth in Love At First Sight (1988), 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. She is currently the host of Project Runway Canada on the Global network.
In May 2007, Iman launched her signature line, IMAN Global Chic, on the Home Shopping Network. She is also CEO of IMAN Cosmetics, Skincare & Fragrances, a line she launched to market a selection of products towards women.
In addition, Iman is a spokesperson for the Keep a Child Alive program, which provides medication to children and families in the developing world that have been affected by HIV/AIDS.
She is signed with 1/One Management in New York City, and Independent Models in London.
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 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.