L’OFFICIEL NL viert zestigste nummer met Icoon Iman (60) als covermodel
‘Sixty years and as yet looking gorgeous’
Iman Mohamed Abdulmajid professionally known as Iman, 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.
While still at university, Iman was discovered by American photographer Peter Beard, and subsequently moved to the United States to begin a modeling career. Her first modeling assignment was for Vogue a year later in 1976. She soon landed some of the most prestigious magazine covers, establishing herself as a supermodel.
With her long neck, tall stature, slender figure, fine features, copper-toned skin, and exotic accent, Iman was an instant success in the fashion world, though she herself insists that her looks are merely or typically Somali. She became a muse for many prominent designers, including Halston, Gianni Versace, Calvin Klein, Issey Miyake and Donna Karan. A favorite of Yves Saint-Laurent, he once described her as his “dream woman”.
Mataano founders Ayaan and Idyl Mohallim at an event for Iman’s cosmetic line (2013). After almost two decades of modeling, Iman started her own cosmetics firm in 1994, focusing on difficult-to-find shades for women. Based on her years of experience mixing her own formulations for make-up artists to use on her, she had a personal hand in the final product and also acted as the commercial face of the company.
“Iman, better knows as Iman. This eighties supermodel and great love of David Bowie recently tipped the sixties and posed for us in New York for an exclusive fashion series. The result is shown in the festive ‘Sweet Sixty’ issue, as is the controversial interview-but today we already reveal the special cover!”