Whether it’s picking her brains about her naturally glowing skin, or wanting to know backstage anecdotes from her decades-long modeling career, there are hundreds of questions we’d put to Iman Abdulmajid, if given the chance. And now, fans of the legendary supermodel will get that opportunity.
The Somali-American catwalk star, who was born in Mogadishu and has lived both Saudi Arabia and Egypt, is launching a new Instagram Q&A series, she revealed to her 513,000 followers this week. The 63-year-old will answer her fans’ queries, she revealed in a short clip, adding the new initiative was “an opportunity for you to ask me any question”. The first #DearIman episode is “all about beauty”, Abdulmajid added, revealing the series would kick off on August 28.
It’s likely the star, the widow of the late David Bowie, can offer advice on myriad topics, given her long and wide-reaching career. First discovered in Nairobi, Iman went on to pose for some of the most iconic photographers of our time, including Richard Avedon, Irving Penn, and Helmut Newton to name a few. During her modeling years, she broke barriers when it came to promoting inclusivity, telling Vogue Arabia: “As my career progressed, I became the first black model to refuse to work for a lower wage than other girls. To me, I was providing the same service, so I had to be paid equally.”
The icon also has an eponymous beauty brand to her name, become an entrepreneur with the launch of Iman Cosmetics in 1994. The all-inclusive concept was inspired when the supermodel was on set for a US Vogue shoot and the makeup artist didn’t have any foundation for black skin tones. “When you work in the industry, your looks are your currency. If you don’t have a good appearance, you won’t be booked again – and no one will blame the beauty team or the photographer. This made me start experimenting with makeup from an early stage. I would buy any foundation with pigment so I could mix and match,” she told Vogue Arabia earlier this year.
Head to Iman’s Instagram page now to submit your beauty questions, and let her become the fairy godmother you’d never had before.