Iman, Founder & CEO, IMAN Cosmetics retells her struggles in the fashion industry as a black model and reveals her inspiration for making cosmetics for women of color."
Iman is Founder and Chief Executive Officer of IMAN Cosmetics, Skincare, and Fragrances, a beauty company that created the first cosmetics and skincare collection designed for all women with skin of color.
Launched in 1994, the IMAN brand philosophy holds that women with skin of color represent many races, cultures and ethnicities. IMAN Cosmetics, Skincare, and Fragrances are designed for African American, Asian, Latina, and multi-cultural women with skin tones in a myriad of shades. The brand offers skincare and cosmetics, including 16 foundation shades. IMAN Cosmetics, Skincare, and Fragrances are sold throughout the world, including the United States, Canada, UK, France, Brazil, Africa, and the Caribbean.
Iman's first book, titled I am Iman (Universe, 2001), was an autobiographical sketchbook of her career that questions "the unserious business of fashion and beauty and its serious affect on identity." Her second book, The Beauty of Color, The Ultimate Beauty Guide for Skin of Color (Putnam Penguin 2005), is the first beauty and makeup book that truly addresses skin tones across the spectrum.
Iman recently co-hosted Bravo's The Fashion Show with Isaac Mizrahi. Further broadening her horizons, she has designed IMAN GLOBAL CHIC, a line of handbags, jewelry, and fashion accessories sold exclusively on HSN.COM. Iman most recently launched IMAN HOME, a collection of globally influenced fabrics and chic home decor.
A mother of two, Iman is married to David Bowie, with whom she has a daughter, Alexandria Zahra. Iman's elder daughter is Zulekha Haywood.
Iman expresses her dislike for Twitter and Facebook followers and fans. "I know the difference between a Facebook friend, a fan, and a customer," say Iman, "and what I want is a customer; I'm not looking for a fan."