Iman Abdulmajid

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.


7 Responses to “Iman Abdulmajid”
  1. Donna says:

    Ahh, yes, beautiful Iman!!! I remember she’s married to David Bowie and I loved hearing her say how they drink coffee in her native country with ALOT of sugar in it and with pancakes they ground themselves and bake, yet she is so thin!!! I loved to hear her story on that. She also has her line on HSN..and cosmetics. Beautiful woman!

  2. JACKIE HUTTON says:

    The most beautiful black model even though I loved Beverly as well.
    Her walk is really something.
    loved her movie with Kevin Costner and Sean Young. And she did another movie with Isabella Rossellini. Love them.

  3. Eva Voorhees says:

    No Way Out-I loved that movie, she was really good in it.

  4. Claudia Evans says:

    I know I always comment about how incredibly beautiful and young to keep several models in this site, and sincerely Iman was not going to be the exception, Eva, darling … Could it be that too with Iman, Carol Alt, Renee Simonsen, Janice Dickinson, Brooke Shields and others have already shared secret of “eternal youth”?… By the Way, I have my Twitter account! Greetings from Mexico =)

  5. Eva Voorhees says:

    Perhaps we have! Thanks always for being so sweet! Besos from CA!

  6. David Bowie has some really eccentric personality but i like his style of music. he is a good actor too.,”‘

  7. aside from being a great singer David Bowie is also a good actor playing the role of Tesla in the movie The Prestige`’;

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