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January 6, 2022

35 Stunning Photos of Beautiful Model Iman in the 1970s and ’80s

Born 1955 as Zara Mohamed Abdulmajid in Mogadishu, Somali-American fashion model and actress Iman was discovered by the American photographer Peter Beard while still at university, and moved to the United States to begin a modeling career. Her first modeling assignment was for Vogue a year later in 1976. She soon appeared on the cover of some of the world’s most prestigious magazines, establishing herself as a supermodel.

With her long neck, tall stature, slender figure, fine features, and copper-toned skin, Iman was an instant success in the fashion world, though she herself insists that her looks are merely typically Somali. She became a muse to many prominent designers, including Halston, Gianni Versace, Calvin Klein, Issey Miyake and Donna Karan. She was a favorite of Yves Saint-Laurent, who once described her as his “dream woman”.

Iman has worked with many notable photographers, including Helmut Newton, Richard Avedon, Irving Penn, and Annie Leibovitz. She is also noted for her philanthropic work, and was married to rock musician David Bowie from 1992 until his death in 2016. She is represented by TESS Management in London.

Take a look at these stunning photos to see the beauty of a young Iman as a model in the 1970s and 1980s.


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