Iman Honored By CFDA As ‘Fashion Icon’! A “Lil Positivity”

- By Bossip Staff

"Iman attends the 2010 CFDA Fashion Awards at Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center on June 7, 2010 in New York City"

Iman was recognized at last night’s Council of Fashion Designers of America awards gala with their Fashion Icon honor, an award that goes to “an individual whose signature style has had a profound influence on fashion.” Pop the hood for more

The Somalian-born beauty, born Iman Mohamed Abdulmajid, was also the subject of a recent New York Times feature which chronicles her journey from Nairobi, where she was attending university when she was discovered by photographer Peter Beard, to her current success as an entrepreneur, covering her three decades as a model revered by fashion designers and publications, as well as her marriages to Spencer Haywood and David Bowie. Check out an excerpt here:

The choice of Iman by the council’s board wasn’t obvious — it’s not as if she is known for her distinctive way of dressing, like the recent honorees Kate Moss (2005) and Sarah Jessica Parker (2004). But the decision seemed to have come almost spontaneously, according to Diane von Furstenberg, the group’s president: “Somebody, I don’t remember who it was, mentioned Iman’s name at the meeting, and everybody said ‘Wow.’ The vote was unanimous.”

The designer Michael Kors, who was at the meeting, said that Iman instantly clicked with the board because she is “an icon for our times.”

“It’s not just enough to say that she is beautiful or beautifully dressed, although that is a part of the equation,” Mr. Kors said. “Iman cuts across all ages and experiences. Today women are out there trying to juggle and to make sense of it all. You look at the way Iman looks, her success in business, her need to try new things and to have her own point of view and be a wife and mother — well, not many people have come full circle like that.”

“She has this amazing skin — it sets off color and clothes in a way white women couldn’t do,” Calvin Klein recalled. “On the runway, she exuded style. She was an actress, a natural. She knew how to sell the clothes better than anybody.”

DURING an interview at the Seventh Avenue office of her cosmetics company, where she works three days a week, Iman — 5 feet 9, 133 pounds and a fit size 6 — is soignée in flared denims, wedge peep-toes and a navy jacket over a white T-shirt. The walls are covered with images of herself by the likes of Richard Avedon, Bruce Weber and Helmut Newton, a testimony to her stellar career.

The fashion designers’ award, which came as a surprise to her, “does the ego good,” she admitted. Among the well-wishers was Alexander Wang, the hot young designer, who offered to dress Iman in something special. “I plan to take him up on that,” she said, chuckling.

She tells the well-documented story of how she arrived in New York in 1975, the daughter of a Somalian diplomat. She spoke five languages but had never worn makeup or high heels.

She credits the nurturing she got from designers, who gave her confidence in an era when model-muses were prized for their individuality — and their own ideas. “We were allowed to talk and to change things,” she said.

Designers like Yves Saint Laurent or Mr. Mugler expected her to speak up. “ ‘Do you like that? Would you wear it that way?’ ”she said. “You could be your own person. And nobody walked the same way on the runway.”

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Comments

  • Get Real

    So elegant, thru and thru.

  • brrrikhouse

    she is soo beautiful

  • She said it.

    True eternal beauty.

  • Butterscotch™

    Fabulous, as she always is!

  • Sha

    Pretty!😉

  • LuvN_Life

    ConGratulations,THIS LADY HAD MUCHO COUTH”

  • bradshaw

    she is fine.. i love a beautiful black woman with nice chocolate skin. Nothin better.

  • frankiestage

    That’s how white boys do it. They go after the cream of the crop. Brothers looking for white girls, more often than not, go after the average looking-to-fat ones.

  • I'm Just Me... Keeping it Real Since: 1983...EXPECTING

    Congratulations!

    She is still so beautiful!

  • jj

    yall know black dont crack

  • Lady Gaga

    frankiestage
    6/8/10, 13:57:PM
    That’s how white boys do it. They go after the cream of the crop. Brothers looking for white girls, more often than not, go after the average looking-to-fat ones.

  • Lady Gaga

    frankiestage
    6/8/10, 13:57:PM
    That’s how white boys do it. They go after the cream of the crop. Brothers looking for white girls, more often than not, go after the average looking-to-fat ones.

    People always say that without realising the implications. So if white men go for the cream of the crop, it means in order to get a white man,we have to be a supermodel and fashion icon, and we cannot be fatter than Iman. How many black women of any age look like Iman or all the other Showbiz black women with white men. At least Elin Nordegren was just some bland crappy nanny and look who she got, and how much she stands to earn. Not bad for a bland, blah nanny from a Sweden.

  • Lady Gaga

    What a waste of unique east african beauty. None of her kids look like her, I think Zahara Jole Pitt looks more like her. Her black kid looks like a regular fat girl with brown skin. Her White kid looks like the regular biracial or Latina girl from uptown, her youngest looks a bit dominican.

    Iman said that Michelle Obama is no great beauty…..

  • Lady Gaga

    frankiestage
    6/8/10, 13:57:PM
    That’s how white boys do it. They go after the cream of the crop. Brothers looking for white girls, more often than not, go after the average looking-to-fat ones.

    In order to get any type of white man, we are gonna have to be the cream of the crop in the looks department, body shape, age, style, hair, success level…. The question is: Can every black woman manage that kind of pressure to perfect.?

  • Somali Ninga

    Congratz to her!! Iman proves that Somalis are the most beautiful people in the world!!!
    @ real black is chocolate
    STFU!!! Stop insulting black women! how come you dont go hard on black men dating white women? Fu©k off

  • sholla21

    Timeless beauty

  • Shon

    Congratulations!

  • a black man that dont date african american women but dates from from different countries in africa

    actually i go after african sistas from ghana to somalia not african americans who adopted a fake white culture

  • Jacqueline

    @somali ninga
    thats exactly what im saying! real black talks about black women all the time when black men marry non-black women more times than do black women marry non-black men. im a black women, and i believe u should marry anyone u want.
    also people from somalia are beautiful people

  • logic please

    Isn’t it nice to see a black model like Iman transition from a smart, beautiful model to an even smarter, gracefully older but beautiful businesswoman? Naomi Campbell: take note!!!!

  • real black is chocolate

    @Somali Ninga

    i hate sellout nikkaz also….dont hate me just becaz i’m always say the truth!

    i love my real dark skinned black women but i hete sellout black wh’res who f’ck with crackers and hating on brothers!

    SO STFU UR SELLOUT UGLY FAKE MIXED AZZ, WH0RE!!

  • http://thablackyoutube.com thablackyoutube

    Positively radiant!

  • STYLISTA

    Botox, botox,botox.. she did call michele obama ugly

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