Iman Abdulmajid is a Somali-American fashion model, actress and entrepreneur. A muse of designers Gianni Versace, Halston, Calvin Klein, Donna Karan and Yves Saint Laurent, she is also noted for her philanthropic work. She is the widow of English rock musician David Bowie, whom she married in 1992.
Early Life & Career
Iman was born as Zara Mohamed Abdulmajid in 1955 in Mogadishu, Somalia. Her parents, diplomat Mohamed and gynecologist Miriam, renamed her Iman at the urging of her grandfather. She has four siblings: brothers Feisal and Elias, and sisters Nadia and Idil. Iman spent most of her childhood and adolescence at a boarding school in Egypt, where she was sent when she was four. She and her family eventually moved back to Somalia, and then to Kenya. In the latter country, Iman did a brief academic stint at the University of Nairobi, where she studies political science.
While in college, Iman was discovered by American photographer Peter Beard, causing her to immigrate to the United States to start a career in modeling. Following her first professional assignment with Vogue in 1976, she appeared on the covers of numerous prestigious magazines, and became the muse of many top designers. Taking the fashion world by storm, she was noted for her fine features, lithe figure, long neck, and copper skin. Throughout her career, Iman has worked with such high-profile photographers as Irving Penn, Annie Leibovitz, and Helmut Newton.
In 1979, Iman made her film acting debut in Otto Preminger's British thriller "The Human Factor," in which she played the wife of an MI6 bureaucrat. In the 1980s, she had parts of varying sizes in films such as "Out of Africa," "No Way Out," and the Michael Caine comedy "Surrender." Upon coming to Hollywood in 1991, Iman was cast as a shapeshifting alien in "Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country," and appeared alongside her then-fiancé David Bowie in the crime comedy "The Linguini Incident." Other film appearances that year included roles in "Lies of the Twins," "L.A. Story," and "House Party 2."
On TV in the 1980s, Iman was featured in two episodes of "Miami Vice," and had a guest role on "The Cosby Show." Later, in the 2000s, she hosted Bravo's "Project Runway Canada" for two years. In 2010, she hosted the second season of "The Fashion Show" alongside her colleague Isaac Mizrahi.
At eighteen, Iman married Hassan, a Hilton hotelier executive and Somali entrepreneur. They were divorced two years later when Iman moved to the United States. In 1977, Iman dated actor Warren Beatty, and later that same year became engaged to basketball player Spencer Haywood. The two got married and had daughter Zulekha in 1978, before divorcing in 1987. In 1992, Iman wed David Bowie at a private ceremony in Switzerland. The couple had a daughter, Alexandria, who was born in 2000. Additionally, Iman is the stepmother of Duncan Jones, Bowie's son from a prior marriage. As of 2021, she primarily resides in London and New York City. Iman is Muslim, and is fluent in Somali, Arabic, French, English, and Italian.
Iman Abdulmajid Jones is a Somalian-American retired fashion model, actress and entrepreneur who has a net worth of $120 million dollars.