Finally! We’ve been holding our breath, waiting to spill the massive news about our keynote for this September’s IFBCON and today is the day.
Are you ready? Because we are pretty thrilled about this amazing keynote.
For years, we’ve seen her grace the cover of countless magazines and now, as a successful businesswoman and mother, she is taking the fashion and beauty industry by storm. We are so happy to have this strong, savvy woman as our keynote…
Ok, enough torture…
This September’s IFBCON keynote is:
Iman Abdulmajid : Founder and CEO of IMAN Cosmetics
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. In 2004, IMAN Cosmetics, Skincare and Fragrances announced its strategic alliance with Proctor & Gamble. Under the licensing and distribution agreement, the prestige brand once again broke convention and is now available at mass retailers including Target, Wal-Mart, Walgreens and Duane Reade. In addition to running a global beauty company, Iman is actively involved in several charities, including The Children’s Defense Fund, Action Against Hunger and the RAISE HOPE FOR CONGO campaign, that aims to build a permanent and diverse constituency of activists who advocate for protection and empowerment of Congolese women and girls.Iman’s first book, entitled 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: Latina, Black, Asian, Indian, Middle Eastern, Native American, as well as multiple ethnicities. She’s revolutionized the way women with skin of color think about beauty.
Ever evolving, she broadened her horizon, gleaned from experience and a keen eye, she has designed IMAN GLOBAL CHIC, a line of handbags, jewelry, and fashion accessories sold exclusively on HSN and HSN.COM. The line is one of two top sellers among more than 200 fashion and jewelry brands on HSN. Additionally, Iman most recently launched IMAN HOME, a collection of globally influenced fabrics and chic home décor. In 2010, Iman was honored by the Council of Fashion Designers (CFDA) with the prestigious Fashion Icon Award.
Iman began her career in 1975 as a model and has challenged the prevailing notions of beauty ever since. The daughter of an African diplomat, Iman was born in Somalia and grew up speaking five languages. She studied political science at Nairobi University where she was discovered by legendary photographer Peter Beard.
Her first modeling assignment was for Vogue in 1976. Iman was an instant success in the fashion world, and a muse for fashion designers including Yves. St. Laurent, Versace, Calvin Klein and Donna Karan. During her 14 years as a model, she worked with top photographers Helmut Newton, Richard Avedon, Irving Penn and Annie Liebovitz. A mother of two, Iman is married to David Bowie with whom she has a daughter, Alexandria Zahra. Iman’s eldest daughter is Zulekha Haywood.
Not only will Iman be sharing her invaluable insight into the world of business and fashion, she will be discussing her latest venture, Destination Iman. Iman brings the many facets of her life, career and brands into a single destination – Destination Iman! Taking people on a journey is the driving focus of the website – not everyone has the ability to travel the way Iman does, but through her fabrics, ideas and without being elitist, she wants people to feel inspired to transform their sunporch into a Moroccan Souk or their breakfast room into a Parisian Café. Fashion, beauty, lifestyle & inspiration is the core of this website and using the idea of a monthly editorial is the best mode to present all that Destination Iman has to offer. Each month Iman personally selects a “theme” and takes us on a journey to locations around the world. She holds nothing back about her belief in a fashion democracy and communicates with poise, wit and wisdom. This unique site experience transforms every month, taking on a new visual identity, with each featured “issue”. Built by the Factory is working with Iman to bring new themes, locations and designs to Destination Iman so you can be sure every month there’s something new.
Fashion model, entrepreneur, wife and mother, Iman is a true role model and we can’t wait to have her share her experiences with you!
To get your tickets, head to the Eventbrite page and buy either:
Regular One-Day Pass: $125
Regular Two-Day Pass: $185
Corporate/Non-IFB Member Tickets: $600