To say that we are thrilled to have Iman as our keynote speaker for this season's IFB Conference would be an understatement. She's one of the most entrepreneurial women in the fashion indusrty, parlaying her success as a supermodel into a cosmetics line, a fashion line, acting gigs, TV hosting and philanthropy – just for starters.
What's that you say? You had no idea Somali-born Iman had done so much since she arrived in the United States in 1975? (She was discovered by photographer Peter Beard on the streets of Nairobi, Kenya where she was in school.) Well then! Sit back, pull out your vintage Vogue and Elle magazines (in which she first appeared in 1979) and cozy up to these 10 fab facts about Iman Abdulmajid: model, entrepreneur and fabulous keynote for #IFBcon September 2012!
Iman's name means “faith” in Arabic.
Iman is married to David Bowie.
As of 2010, Iman Cosmetics, Skincare and Fragrance was a $25-million-a-year company (she founded the company in 1994 after retiring from modeling in 1989). She also has a successful clothing line, Global Chic, sold through HSN (established in 2007).
Iman hosted Project Runway Canada for two years, as well as season two of The Fashion Show.
She's actively involved with six different charities, including Keep A Child Alive and Doctors Without Borders.
She played a queen in Michael Jackson's music video for “Remember The Time“
Of her, Yves Saint Laurent once said, “Iman is my dream woman.”
In a video for New York magazine, Iman discussed race in fashion with emerging fashion model Ubah Hassan.
Iman has published two books. The first is an autobiography, I AM IMAN (with a forward by David Bowie), that questions the unserious business of fashion and beauty and it's serious effect on identity. Her second book, The Beauty of Color, is described as the first book that truly addresses skin tones from across the spectrum.
She has a blog!
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