Hey Fashion Bomb readers! After a long and eventful weekend, I’m happy to go start off this week with another Vintage Visions feature. Let’s get to it!
Now, today’s highlight does qualify as a “vintage”; however, I feel her influence has evolved ever since she first stepped onto the fashion scene in the 1970s. Her natural beauty and outstanding work ethic has placed her among the top supermodels (amidst names like Naomi, Tyra, Alek, etc) and women all over the world idolize her. There is no doubt that the face simply known as “Iman” has taken the world by storm and her story is nothing short of epic.
The Somali fashion model, actress and entrepreneur was discovered by American photographer Peter Beard in Kenya during her years at university – the stunning 5’10” beauty initially started out as a student studying political science at the University of Nairobi. Soon after her discovery, Iman soon moved to the states where she started a career that would soon change her life forever.
In 1976, Iman landed her first modeling assignment for the cover of Vogue Italia. Not bad for a beginner, huh? After the success of her first cover, she soon started to work with some of the most distinguished names in the fashion industry including Halston, Gianni Versace, Donna Karan, Issey Miyake and Calvin Klein. Almost immediately, Iman’s growing popularity solidified her status as a “supermodel”. The legendary Yves Saint Laurent even credited Iman as his “muse”. Talk about awesome!
In 1992, Iman married British rock musician David Bowie and continued her indisputable reign. Iman’s modeling career spanned for almost two decades! After a notable career in fashion, Iman soon turned her focus towards other endeavors. She started her own cosmetics firm called Iman Cosmetics, with a primary focus on ethnic women – she strived to provide women of color with makeup that fit their skin tones perfectly. As a model, she was aware of the complexities women of color faced in finding those “difficult” shades. Her cosmetic line features bold lipsticks, foundations and even bronzers. Want to find out more? Visit Iman Cosmetics here.
Aside from her makeup empire and impressive modeling credentials, Iman is also known for her philanthropic work. She is involved with a number of charitable efforts including the Children’s Defense Fund and the Enough Project. In addition, Iman also serves as a spokesperson for the Keep A Child Alive program.
Well! To all our Iman fans out there, check out Claire’s Candy Bomb tee saluting this Somali powerhouse – you can purchase your Iman tees here and here. My personal favorite features Iman and her AMAZING ‘fro!
I absolutely love Iman – she’s the epitome of chic. Queen!
So, what do you guys think of today’s Vintage Vision feature? Any suggestions for future contenders?
Signing Off — Esmesha