Iman Abdulmajid

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Iman at the 2009 Tribeca Film Festival

Iman Mohamed Abdulmajid (born July 25, 1955 in Mogadishu , Italian Trust Territory Somalia , now Somalia ), better known only by her first name Iman , is a Somali model and actress .


The daughter of a former Somali ambassador to Saudi Arabia and a gynecologist has two brothers and two sisters. As a child she escaped the fate of female circumcision through a trick by her parents . She grew up speaking five languages ​​and studied political science at the University of Nairobi after graduating from high school in Egypt . There she was discovered on campus by the well-known photographer Peter Beard .

She got her first job as a model in 1976 for the American edition of Vogue magazine . She was immediately very successful and worked for many fashion designers, including Yves Saint Laurent , Versace , Calvin Klein and Donna Karan . During her 14 years as a photo model, she also worked with well-known photographers such as Helmut Newton , Richard Avedon , Irving Penn and Annie Leibovitz .

Iman has starred in Miami Vice , Out of Africa , Dangerous Triangle , Heart of Darkness , LA Story , The Human Factor, and No Way Out . In the sixth Star Trek film The Undiscovered Country , she played Martia, an alien shape-shifter on the icy penal asteroid Rura Penthe. She also worked in the music video Remember the Time of Michael Jackson alongside Eddie Murphy and Magic Johnson with.

Since 1994 she has been running her own cosmetics line ( Ethnic cosmetics ), which is mainly geared towards non-white women ( women of color ). It also sells its own clothing line called IMAN Global Chic on the American television channel Home Shopping Network (HSN). She is involved in various charities (including Keep A Child Alive ). In 2001 she published her autobiography I am Iman .

Abdulmajid is active in the fight for women's and girls' rights and advocates the education of girls and their physical integrity. She lives in New York City . From 1992 until his death in 2016, she was married to David Bowie , with whom she has a daughter (* 2000). From her first marriage, divorced in 1987, to NBA player Spencer Haywood, there is another daughter (* 1978). In 2019 she became the first "Global Ambassador" of the aid organization CARE .

Filmography (selection)

Web links

Commons : Iman Abdulmajid  - Collection of Images

Individual evidence

  1. Iman Cosmetics