Iman Abdulmajid was born Zara Mohamed Abdulmajidand she is a Somali-American model, actress, and businesswoman. 

Iman Abdulmajid Biography

She was born Zara Mohamed Abdulmajid in Mogadishu , the capital of Somalia . She was later renamed Iman at the behest of her grandfather. Iman is the daughter of Mariam and Mohamed Abdulmajid.

Her father is a diplomat and former Somali ambassador to Saudi Arabia , and her mother was a gynaecologist . She has four siblings: two brothers, Elias and Feisal, and two younger sisters, Idil and Nadia.

She was living with her grandparents during her formative years. At age four she was sent to a boarding school in Egypt , where she spent most of her childhood and adolescence.

Following the political unrest in Somalia, Iman’s father moved her family back to the country. 

At his urging, she, her mother and her siblings subsequently traveled to Kenya and were later joined by her father and her younger sister.

She studied political science at the University of Nairobi for a brief period  in 1975. 

Iman Abdulmajid Career

Iman Abdulmajid Modeling

While still in college, Iman was discovered by American photographer Peter Beard , and moved to the United States to begin a modeling career. Her first modeling job 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 and copper-toned skin, Iman was an instant hit in the fashion world, though she herself insists her appearance is merely or typically Somali. She was becoming a muse to many prominent designers including Halston , Gianni Versace , Calvin Klein , Issey Miyake , and Donna Karan . She was a favorite of Yves Saint-Laurent , who once described her as the “woman of his dreams”.

She was also working with many notable photographers, including Helmut Newton, Richard Avedon, Irving Penn, and Annie Leibovitz. 

She credits the upbringing she received from various designers with giving her the confidence to succeed in an era when individuality was valued and model muses were often an integral part of the creative process.

She is signed with TESS Management in London.

Iman Abdulmajid Magnet Cosmetics

After nearly two decades of modeling, Iman started her own cosmetics firm in 1994, focusing on hard-to-find shades for women.

Based on her years of experience mixing her own formulations for make-up artists to use on her, she was very involved with the final product and also acted as the business face of the company. 

Iman Cosmetics was a US$25 million a year business in 2010. It focuses on US$14.99 foundations in 4 formulas and 14 shades, and is among the top-selling foundation brands on the Walgreens website. 

In the spring of 2012, Iman hired fellow Somali designers Ayaan and Idyl Mohallim, founders of the fashion company Mataano, as brand ambassadors for her cosmetics line.

Iman Abdulmajid Chic Global

Due to her marketability and high profile, Iman was approached by the CEO of the Home Shopping Network (HSN) in 2007 to create a designer clothing line. 

Inspired by her childhood in Egypt and time modeling with Halston, her first collection featured one-size-fits-all embroidered caftans. Today, her De Ella Global Chic collection is one of the top four best sellers among more than 200 fashion and jewelry brands on HSN, and has grown into a line of affordable accessories.

She was appearing as a character named Martia in Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country (1991).

She plays the role of a chameloid alien from Star Trek , a shapeshifter who can take on different forms. Various actors play this character in different ways, but Iman plays the way the character primarily appears in the movie.

Iman Abdulmajid TV

She was appearing in two episodes of Miami Vice , playing Dakotah in Back in the World (1985) and Lois Blyth in Love at First Sight (1988). 

She also was having a guest role as Mrs. Montgomery on The Cosby Show (1985). In 1988, she appeared as Marie Babineaux in an episode of In the Heat of the Night .

In the mid-2000s, Iman spent two years as the host of Bravo TV’s fashion show Project Runway Canada . 

In November 2010, along with her friend and colleague, designer Isaac Mizrahi, Iman also began hosting the second season of The Fashion Show . Bravo started the series to replace his old hit Project Runway which has now moved to the Lifetime network. 

Iman Abdulmajid Movie

She first appeared in the 1979 British film The Human Factor , and had a small role in the 1985 Oscar-winning film Out of Africa starring Robert Redford and Meryl Streep. She then played Nina Beka in the 1987 thriller No Way Out with Kevin Costner, and Hedy in the Michael Caine comedy Surrender the same year. 

During her first year in Hollywood, in 1991, she was working in various film productions. Among them were Lies of the Twins, directed by Tim Hunter and Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country, where she played a shape-shifting alien. 

Iman also took on some comedic roles. In 1991, she appeared in The Linguini Incident alongside her then-fiancĂ© David Bowie. She had a minor role in the 1991 comedy House Party 2 and the 1994 comedy/romance film Exit to Eden .

Iman Abdulmajid Video Game

She was making  a cameo appearance with her husband David Bowie in the 1999 Windows 9x and Dreamcast 3D adventure game, Omikron: The Nomad Soul , developed by the video game company, Quantic Dream.

In the game, she appears as one of numerous Omikronian citizens that the player can “reincarnate” into.

Iman Abdulmajid Philanthropy

In addition to running her global beauty company, Iman is also active in a number of charitable initiatives. Since September 2019, she has played the role of CARE’s first Global Advocate, where she works alongside CARE to support its mission to create a world where poverty has been overcome and all people live in dignity and security. 

She is also currently a spokesperson for the Keep a Child Alive program and works closely with the Children’s Defense Fund.  She also serves as an Ambassador for Save the Children and has been active in raising awareness of their aid services in the East African region.

Additionally, she works with the Enough Project to end the global trade in conflict minerals. She played a key role in the public campaign against blood diamonds by terminating his contract with the diamond conglomerate De Beers over an ethics conflict. 

Iman Abdulmajid Prizes

Throughout her long modeling and philanthropic career, she was  receiving many awards. 

On June 7, 2010, she received the Fashion Icon Lifetime Achievement Award from the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA), a special award reserved for “an individual whose signature style has had a profound influence on fashion.” Iman selected her friend, actress and former model Isabella Rossellini, to present the award.

Wearing a Giambattista Valli-designed dress with four giant diamond bracelets on each arm, Iman thanked her parents “for giving me a longer neck than any other girl anywhere in the world.” 

Iman Abdulmajid Net Worth

As of May 2021, Iman had an estimated net worth of around $110 million. She derives her net worth from her modeling career and the Iman cosmetics line. 

Sales of the Iman Cosmetics line topped $25 million in 2010, and in 2012 designers Ayaan and Idyl Mohallim became brand ambassadors. She is also an actress and has also appeared in TV shows which contributes to her net worth.

She came privileged with a glowing body and a strong presence of mind that radiated from her face. She was one of the top models on the runway for years; currently, she works with charities and runs her businesses.

Iman Abdulmajid Private Life

She is a muslim and she is fluently speaking a variuos number of languages.

Iman was first married at age 18 to Hassan, a young Somali businessman and Hilton hotel executive. The marriage ended a few years later when she moved to the United States to pursue a modeling career. 

In 1977, she dated American actor Warren Beatty. Later that year, she became engaged to American basketball player Spencer Haywood, and they married soon after. Her daughter, Zulekha Haywood, was born in 1978; in February 1987, the couple divorced. 

On April 24, 1992, Iman married English musician David Bowie in a private ceremony in Lausanne, Switzerland. The wedding was later solemnized in Florence, Italy, on June 6. Her daughter, Alexandria Zahra Jones, was born on August 15, 2000, at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City.

Iman is also stepmother to Bowie’s son from a previous marriage, Duncan Jones. Both children bear the legal surname of Bowie. Iman and her family resided primarily in Manhattan and London. When Bowie died on January 10, 2016, she wrote to him in tribute that “the struggle is real, but so is God.” 

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