Iman, born Zara Mohamed Abdulmajid, is considered one of the acclaimed supermodel of the 70s & 80s, having appeared for Vogue and Harper’s Bazaar. Professional since 1976, while as then-student of University of Nairobi, the Somali-American supermodel has walked for designers like Gianni Versace, Halston, and Calvin Klein.
Alongside modeling gigs, the Somalia-born fashion figure is also an entrepreneur- owns cosmetic line Iman Cosmetics and is an occasional actress, famed for playing Martia in Stark Trek VI (1991).
Supermodel Iman Is A Multi-Millionaire: How Much Is Her Net Worth In 2020?
Without a doubt, the modeling venture is among one of the platforms leading to lifelong achievement, which seems an impressive exemplary figure with career success of Iman, who enjoys a hefty bank balance.
According to Celebrity Net Worth, 64-year-old Iman, a former supermodel, with over 4 decades of contribution in fashion industry, owns a net worth of $100 million as of February 2020.
Despite relationship failures (married thrice & divorced twice), the widow of English singer/songwriter David Bowie, Iman barely sees any downhill in career.
Aside from modeling, Iman, the founder of cosmetics firm Iman Cosmetics (founded in 1994), enjoys million dollars shower with business venture.
Not to forget that, within 16 years, her cosmetic line, in 2010 was reported at $25 million revenue per year.
One Of The Richest Supermodels Of All-Time
With an individual net worth of $100 million, Iman earns the tag of a successful modeling figure.
Once a TESS Management signed model, Iman, is among the top 5 wealthiest model with career height in the 80s & 90s- shares same fortune as of:
- Cindy Crawford- $100 million (made beauty product Meaningful Beauty for Guthy-Renker)
- Christie Brinkley- $100 million (launched Authentic Skin Care line & owner of multi real estates in Hamptons)
The former Victoria’s Secret Angel, Heidi Klum with designing gigs for Birkenstock (shoes), Mouawad (jewelry), and Jordache (clothing line), has $120 million net worth.
Kathy Ireland, the founder of kathy ireland worldwide, is the richest model of all-time, with $500 million while Gisele Bündchen is 2nd in the list with $400 million fortune.
Lives In New York: Owned Many Real Estates With Now-Late Husband David Bowie
5 ft. 9 inches tall Iman currently lives in her Woodstock, New York house, which she bought alongside now-late husband David Bowie in 2011 for $1.98 million.
She has ownership of another house in Shokan, New York, bought in 2003 for an undisclosed price in 2003. The median house price in New York is $649,026.
Formerly with late Bowie, the Somali-American model owned many estates, worth millions of dollars. They lived in their house in Lausanne, Switzerland, but moved to US after they married in 1992 & later sold the residence in 1994 for $4.088 million (4 Million Francs).
Moreover, David owned a 5-bedroom Caribbean Villa spread on 6.2 acres on thel island of Mystique- the villa famous as ‘Life on Mustique’ was sold in 1995 to the late publishing magnate Felix Dennis.
Reportedly, the villa built in 1969 was available for rent in March 2016, with a tag of $40,000 and $70,000 per week.
Also, from 1991 until 2002, Iman and David owned a 1,877-square-foot condo in Essex building in New York featuring three bedrooms (two master-sized).
In March 2017, the condo was in the market with an asking price of $6.5 million, though, no further report on its sales ever came out.
Discovered By Fashion Photographer In 1975: Was University of Nairobi Student
While attending the University of Nairobi, in March 1975, American fashion photographer Peter Beard discovered Iman, and soon after signed with modeling agent Wilhelmina.
After a year, in 1976, she posed for the cover of Vogue magazine, charging $8,000 (then cost of her tuition fees) & thereafter, her modeling career gained her the pinnacle of success.
The renowned face of Vogue & Harper Bazaar’s magazine, Iman, then worked with many designers including Gianni Versace, Calvin Klein, Halston, Donna Karan and Issey Miyake.
Moreover, she collaborated for photoshoots with notable photographers like Richard Avedon, Irving Penn and Annie Leibovitz.
In addition to that, Iman, on a contract signed in 2010, worked with with TESS Management.
She is the 2006 Glamour Woman of the Year and won Best in Black Beauty Award in 2011.
A Successful Business Entrepreneur: Founded ‘Iman Cosmetics’ & Collaborations
In 1994, after 19 years of her modeling career, she (then 39 years old) founded Iman Cosmetics, a cosmetic firm specializing cosmetics and skincare collection designed for all women with skin of color.
Meanwhile, she is the CEO of the cosmetics company & appointed the Mataano fashion company founders, Somali designers Ayaan and Idyl Mohallim as its brand ambassadors in 2012.
Her cosmetics with 4 formulations and 14 shades-foundations, came among the top-selling cosmetics in 2010, reporting USD $25 million business that year.
In collaboration with Home Shopping Network (HSN), Iman designed a clothing line Global Chic collection- it is one of four best-selling items in HSN.
Acting Career: Worked in Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country
With success in modeling, Iman also tried out her hands in acting & made debut in the 1979 film The Human Factor.
Having worked in Out of Africa (1985), an Oscar-winning film starring Meryl Streep, Iman appeared in the most acclaimed film Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country (1991), sharing screen with star casts William Shatner and Leonard Nimoy- she portrayed Martia, a shapeshifting alien.
Some of her acting credits include House Party 2 (1991), Heart of Darkness (1994) and Exit to Eden (1994).
Charity Works & Donations
Aside being a wealthy fashion figure, Iman is also a generous person & is active in charity works.
Associated with Children’s Defense Fund, the Somali-American model is spokesperson for the Keep a Child Alive and is Ambassador for Save the Children.
In September 2019, Iman became CARE’s first-ever Global Advocate- the organization aims to end global poverty by 2030.
In a benefit evet held at Mandarin Oriental in November 2019, she and Black Panther actress Danai Gurira helped to raise $2.15 million for CARE.
Danai Gurira, Iman Help Raise Over $2 Million To End Global Poverty at CARE Impact Awards https://t.co/QDYDpy6IFq
— Variety (@Variety) November 22, 2019
She also supports & works for Dr. Hawa Abdi Foundation, that aims for medical aid in Somalia.
What Is Model & Entrepreneur Iman’s Real Name?
Born on July 25, 1955, in Mogadishu, Somalia, Iman’s real name is Zara Mohamed Abdulmajid. She is daughter of Mohamed Abdulmajid, a diplomat and a former Somali ambassador to Saudi Arabia while her mother (late) Marian Abdulmajid was a gynecologist.
She has 4 siblings: Elias, Feisal, Idil and Nadia.
Iman grew up in Egypt, moving there at the age of 4 & later moved with her family to Kenya, where she attended the University of Nairobi to study political science.
Iman Is Mother Of 2 With 3 Marriages: Widow Of 3rd Husband David Bowie
Iman married thrice in her life & divorced with two; she was in martial relationship with English singer David Bowie (3rd husband) for 24 years, until he died of liver cancer on January 10, 2016.
They married on June 6, 1992, in Lausanne, Switzerland and welcomed daughter Alexandria Zahra Jones, on August 15, 2000.
She is also step-mother to Bowie’s son Duncan Jones, from previous marriage.
Prior to David, she was married to Hassan, a Somali entrepreneur and Hilton hotel executive. They were together for 2 years from June 28, 1973 until their divorce on May 25, 1975.
Iman’s second husband was Spencer Haywood, a former NBA player; they exchanged vows after some months of engagement, on November 18, 1977 but divorced on February 13, 1987.
While together, Iman and Haywood welcomed daughter Zulekha Haywood in 1978.