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Also Known As: Iman Abudul Majid Died:
Born: July 25, 1955 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Somalia Profession: actor, model

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With her regal frame, arresting features, and sharp wit, Iman was a supermodel personified. The Somali-born Iman forever changed the face of high fashion, breaking all barriers that had previously prevented black models from striding down the most elite catwalks, landing lucrative beauty contracts, and gracing magazine covers. At the height of her career, Iman worked with some of the world's most famed photographers and designers. She also won over British rock icon, David Bowie, whom she married in 1992. After she retired from modeling, Iman went on to helm a successful cosmetics line for women of color, appeared in a number of film and TV roles, and became the spokeswoman for various humanitarian causes. In 2010, Iman starred on the reality competition series "The Fashion Show" (Bravo, 2010- ), where she inspired fashion confidence, and at the same time, cemented her place in fashion as one of its most multifaceted and influential personalities.

With her regal frame, arresting features, and sharp wit, Iman was a supermodel personified. The Somali-born Iman forever changed the face of high fashion, breaking all barriers that had previously prevented black models from striding down the most elite catwalks, landing lucrative beauty contracts, and gracing magazine covers. At the height of her career, Iman worked with some of the world's most famed photographers and designers. She also won over British rock icon, David Bowie, whom she married in 1992. After she retired from modeling, Iman went on to helm a successful cosmetics line for women of color, appeared in a number of film and TV roles, and became the spokeswoman for various humanitarian causes. In 2010, Iman starred on the reality competition series "The Fashion Show" (Bravo, 2010- ), where she inspired fashion confidence, and at the same time, cemented her place in fashion as one of its most multifaceted and influential personalities.

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Deli, The (1997) The Avocado Lady
2.
 Exit to Eden (1994) Nina
3.
 Heart Of Darkness (1994) Black Beauty
4.
 Lies of the Twins (1991) Elle
7.
 House Party 2 (1991) Sheila
8.
 L.A. Story (1991) Cynthia
9.
 No Way Out (1987) Nina Beka
10.
 Surrender (1987) Hedy
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Milestones close milestones

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Sent to live with grandmother in Ethiopia as a child
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After receiving death threats, her family relocated from Somalia to Kenya; much later family moved to Virginia in the USA
1977:
Discovered by photographer Peter Beard while she was still a student at the University of Nairobi; did some posing for the artist and was encouraged to move to New York
1978:
Moved to New York City; photos of Iman noticed by a modeling agent at an art gallery exhibition of Beard's work; signed to a contract by the Elite Modeling Agency in Manhattan (date approximate)
1979:
Signed to be part of a major ad campaign for Revlon cosmetics
1979:
Made feature film debut in "The Human Factor"
1985:
Earliest TV acting work included a guest stint on an episode of the popular crime drama series, "Miami Vice", directed by series star Don Johnson; episode titled "Back to the World"
1991:
First TV-movie, "Lies of the Twins", made for the USA Network
1992:
Starred with Michael Jackson, Eddie Murphy, and Magic Johnson in John Singleton's "Remember the Time" music video for Jackson
1992:
Made the documentary "A Journey Home, Somalia"
2000:
Introduced cosmetics line I-IMAN
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Education

University of Nairobi: -

Notes

Her parents had originally wanted to name her Zahra but her grandfather insisted on the more masculine name of Iman.

There is an official Web site at www.i-iman.com

Companions close complete companion listing

husband:
Spencer Haywood. Professional basketball player. Divorced.
husband:
David Bowie. Rock singer, songwriter, actor. Bowie proposed November 1991; married on June 6, 1992.

Family close complete family listing

daughter:
Zulekha Haywood. Born c. 1988; father Spencer Haywood.
daughter:
Alexandria Zahra Jones. Born on August 15, 2000; father, David Bowie.

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