Iman is a Somalia super model who rose to the peak of fame after being discovered by photographer Peter Beard. She is also a business woman who is in fact one of the first pioneers in the black makeup industry. We have compiled a list of 3 interesting things you should know about this woman. You won’t believe what number 3 is!
1. Iman Initially didn’t trust Peter Beard
I mean, who would? A man walks up to you (on the streets) and asks if you have ever been photographed before? A lot of scams start off that way. But in Iman’s case, hers was real. While she was in Nairobi, she was approached by Peter Beard; an American photographer with strong African inspirations. She told him that she would let him photograph her if he paid off her college tuition. The rest as we know it, is history.
2. The idea for Iman cosmetics came to her on the set of a US Vogue photoshoot
When you are a supermodel, and the makeup artist doesn’t have the right shade of foundation for your skin tone, you begin to see a gap in the industry, and an opportunity to bridge that gap. She launched her cosmetics line in 1994 as a result of such an experience. Her line has had to find foundation and powder tones for women of color.
3. She initially pretended to not know any English
In her interview with Vogue Arabia, Iman disclosed that when she initially started modeling, she pretended not to know any English so she could find out what people where saying about her. Smart eh?
What she found out wasn’t so great, but instead of sulking about it, she set out to set the record straight with her work and her professionalism. Talk about a role model.
So there you have it, the 3 interesting things you didn’t know about Iman. Let us know what you think about our list.