Iman is a model, entrepreneur, author, television host and activist, who has challenged the prevailing notions of beauty in every capacity. She is the founder & CEO of IMAN Cosmetics, Skincare and Fragrances, a beauty company that created the first cosmetics line designed for all skin tones, and co-host of Bravo’s “The Fashion Show.”
Iman began her career in 1975, as a model. As an instant success in the fashion world, Iman was a muse for Yves St. Laurent, Versace, Calvin Klein and Donna Karan. She went on to pen I AM, an autobiographical sketchbook, and The Beauty of Color, The Ultimate Beauty Guide for Skin of Color. She launched a fashion accessories brand, IMAN Global Chic, as well as a collection of globally influenced home décor, IMAN Home. In 2010, the CFDA honored her with the prestigious Fashion Icon Award.
Iman is also actively involved in several charities, including The Children's Defense Fund, Action Against Hunger and the RAISE HOPE FOR CONGO campaign.
Expertise: Curator of all things global
Location: New York City
Interests: Travel, museums, flea markets
Background: Majored in Political Science in Kenya and I'm from Somalia.
Favorite meal: Chicken or lamb tagine
Recent purchase: Vintage Christian Lacroix dress
Hidden talent: Needlepoint
Book/film recommendation: Every human being should read "Half the Sky" by Nicholas D. Kristof & Sheryl WuDunn and see David Lean's "A Passage to India"
Restaurant recommendation (can be anywhere in the world): Per Se Restaurant, NYC
If I had $20, I’d… spend it on massage.
Transformative travel experience: Traveling in Russia with designer Thierry Mugler in the mid 80s.
Favorite neighborhood (can be anywhere in the world): Soho, NYC
Dream holiday: 10 days in Australia's Great Barrier Reef scuba diving followed by 3 weeks in Bali
If I could solve one problem, it would be: World hunger
I wish people cared more about: The envionment
Recent aha! moment: That I have absolutely no control over anything and trust my higher power will guide me to the right path.
The world would be a better place if: We all treated each other with respect regardless of religion and race.