Sunday, April 25, 2010

I Am Legend: Iman Mohamed Abdulmajid

The supermodel-muse-icon-legend-entrepreneur-CEO-philanthropist-activist-actress-wife-mother-Iman Mohamed Abdulmajid-one-name, IMAN. Somali by birth...kissed by the sun. Iman is an African woman who has worked tirelessly as a part of the solution in dispelling the negative myths of Africa.  The CFDA will honor the Somali-born beauty as its Fashion Icon this year during it's annual awards ceremony. This year the CFDA Fashion Awards, will take place on June 7 at Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center.

Her elegant, sculptural beauty—the elegantly long neck which was made to be adorned with  beautifully made necklaces, the regal features, those cheekbones revealed to the world the beauty of the African woman when she hit the international scene in the late seventies and eighties. At a time when the magazine pages were dominated by WASP, all-American girls, she was an sight to behold and a mere clothes hanger she was not.
Even though she received her share of criticism from some people, she still continued to persevere and succeed in spite of it all. Before Naomi's strut was patented Iman's, Mounia's and whole lot of the other Super Models from her era were just as fabulous and wonderful to look at on the runways of the world. These women exuded elegance and grace, something that is hardly seen today!

You can check off all of her accomplishments and still come up short, but here goes: founding and steering one of the most successful cosmetics companies targeted to women of color; campaigning and fundraising for African causes; a multi-decade film; author of beauty books; fashion designer; internationally recognized beauty icon.(Photo: Patrick McMullan and my own personal archives(thousand of magazines)

Looking Splendid in Oscar de la Renta

A Few Photos of Iman When She Set The Runways Of Paris On Fire!

I Salute You For Giving The World Your Beauty, Intelligence, Style and Grace Over The Years.

Congratulations On Your CFDA Icon Award!


Tiffany said...

I'm so happy she won this award, she deserves it. Iman is my favorite model because she has class, grace, poise and is very well educated. Congrats Iman.

Not sure if you saw this but they interviewed her on

Moni @ CL Journal said...

Many people forget that when Iman was at the height of her modeling career, she was in a horrific car accident that she said helped her determine how she was going to live the rest of her life. She came back strong after that and rocked the industry! She is an inspiration, she's elegant, she's an entrepreneur, she's fabulous!

Great post!


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