Who is she?
Iman is a famous Somali born actress, fashion model, and entrepreneur. She also runs a brand of cosmetics and fashion online. Read the rest of the article to learn more about her personal life, career, and net worth.
Early Life and Biography
She was born as Zara Mohamed Abdulmajid, on July 25, 1955, in Mogadishu, Somalia. She adopted the name Iman, which means “faith” in Arabic, after her grandfather suggested it. Her father worked as an ambassador, while her mother was a gynecologist. She has four siblings, two brothers and two sisters.
She had first lived with her grandparents, before moving to a boarding school. During wartime periods, the family moved to Kenya. Iman studied political sciences, she is Islamic, and fluently speaks five languages, including Somali, Arabic, English, French and Italian.
Iman met David Bowie, the famous music artist, in 1990 in Los Angeles. They got married after two years of dating, and have a daughter together, Alexandria Zahra Jones, born on August 15, 2000. She is also the stepmother to Bowie’s son from his previous marriage, the now movie director Duncan Jones. Iman also has a daughter from her first marriage to the now retired NBA player Spencer Haywood. The girl’s name is Zulekha. Her husband David Bowie sadly passed away in 2016.
Career and Achievements
For her debut photoshoot, Iman asked to be paid $8000, which was her college tuition. American photographer Peter Beard agreed, and took her photographs to New York, promoting her as a beauty from Africa. He encouraged to move to NYC, and there were even a few paparazzi waiting at the airport.
Between 1970 and 1980, she was the most popular and favorite model of the Vogue magazine and Harper’s Bazar. Her copper skin, long neck and accent have made her the most wanted supermodel. She also had her own Yves Saint Laurent collection. In addition to this prestigious brand, she also worked closely with many others, like Calvin Klein, Gianni Versace, Donna Karen, etc. TESS Management also has a collaboration with her, as she is signed to them in London.
We mentioned she is an entrepreneur, so after working as a model for over two decades, she launched Iman Cosmetics. Her company focuses on the production and development of branded products of uncommon and unique colors in cosmetics for women. She has a lot of say in the formula of the products, and her ideas and insight are important with the finished cosmetics. Naturally, since she was a model, she also tried her luck in fashion design. Her line is called Global Chic.
When it comes to her acting career, her debut came with the popular crime / drama TV series “Miami Vice”. During the 2000s, she hosted a fashion TV show. She also stared in a British movie called “The Human Factor”, and has appeared in “Rom-com Exit to Eden”.
The former model is the spokesperson for “Keep a Child Alive” Foundation, and works with “Children’s Defense Fund”. She disapproves and speaks against the trade of minerals, and is a member of the “Enough Project”, which is a public campaign against blood diamonds.
The most important and the most prestigious award she won is the Fashion Icon award, by the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA). The award came in 2010. She won many other awards and achievements as well.
Net Worth and Earnings
At the moment, the net worth of Iman is estimated to be around $110 million. Most of her wealth comes from her two decades in the modeling industry, where he was a highly sought after and respected supermodel. She gained a part of these earnings from her acting, while currently, she is a successful businesswoman, and the CEO of two companies. Her Iman Cosmetics brand crossed $25 million in earnings in 2010. Overall, she is a successful woman whose earnings will surely rise more in the upcoming years, thanks to her smart choices and career moves.