PEOPLE in collaboration with Katie Couric Media have highlighted Supermodel Iman Mohamed Abdulmajid’s life story through their #SeeHer Story series. The videos are meant to amplify the stories of remarkable women who have helped shape the world throughout the past century.
Born in Mogadishu, Somalia in 1955, Iman began her career in 1975 and took the modelling world by storm. She became a muse for multiple high-end designers, such as Gianni Versace, Yves Saint Laurent and Halston to name a few. In 2010, Iman was honoured by the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) with the fashion icon award.
In 1994, the supermodel launched IMAN Cosmetics, a beauty company targeted towards women of colour. In the video, Iman states that “I could never find cosmetics for myself, all the years I modelled, so [creating my own beauty line] was a natural progression”. It is said to be the first cosmetics brand that made a foundation for women of every skin tone.
Iman is also a dedicated advocate for Somali women and children and has worked alongside multiple organizations such as UNICEF, Save the Children and the Dr Hawa Abdi Foundation.
Watch Iman’s story here.
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