Iman Birthday & Fun Facts

Height, Age, Net Worth, Biography & More

Abhijeet Modi
Jan 31, 2024 By Abhijeet Modi
Originally Published on Jun 27, 2022
Iman Abdulmajid is best known for her work as a philanthropist and her work in various television shows and movies such as ‘Miami Vice’.
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About Iman

Iman Abdulmajid is a fashion model, supermodel, actress, and entrepreneur.

She holds Somali nationality. She was born on July 25, 1955, and is famous for her work toward the betterment of society.

Iman's Net Worth, Earnings & Spending Habits

What is Iman’s net worth

Iman has an approximate net worth of $200 million. The Somalia-based fashion model accumulates her net worth from her career as a model and entrepreneur.

How much does Iman earn per year?

The Somalia-based entrepreneur who works as a model and an actress allows her to earn an estimate of $10 million per year.

Height, Age & Physical Attributes

How tall is Iman?

Iman stands tall at a height of 5 ft 9 in (175 cm).

How old is Iman?

Iman was born on July 25, 1955. As of 2021, she is 66 years old.

Childhood And Education

Iman was born to Mariam and Mohamed Abdulmajid as Zara Mohamed Abdulmajid in Mogadishu, Banaadir, Trust Territory of Somaliland. She was renamed Iman by her grandparents with whom she lived for a few years during her childhood. She was sent to a boarding school when she was four and spent her childhood and most of her adolescence there. Her father moved the family back to Somalia because of some unrest in the country and then, they all moved to Kenya.

She studied political science at the University of Nairobi in 1975 for some time.

Iman was born to Mariam, a gynecologist, and Mohamed Abdulmajid, a diplomat and the former Somali ambassador to Saudi Arabia. She has two sisters and two brothers.

Iman was a muse of designers like Thierry Mugler, Gianni Versace, Calvin Klein, Yves Saint Laurent, and Donna Karan. 

Other than this, not much is revealed about her early life and personal life.

Family, Romance, And Relationships

Who is Iman’s partner?

Iman married Hassan in 1973 but they got divorced in 1975. Then, she married Spencer Haywood, a former professional basketball player, in 1977 and divorced in 1987. Later, she married the popular rock musician David Bowie in 1992, but things ended due to David Bowie’s death in 2016. The couple was together for 24 years and has a daughter together named Alexandria Zahra Jones.

Career And Professional Highlights

Best Known For…

Many of Iman’s works in the film and television industry include ‘The Human Factor’ as Sarah (1979), ‘Exposed’ as a model (1983), ‘Do What You Do' music video as Jermaine Jackson’s love interest (1984), ‘Miami Vice’ as Dakotah, ‘The Cosby Show’ as Mrs. Montgomery, ‘Out Of Africa’ as Mariammo (1985), ‘No Way Out’ as Nina, ‘Surrender’ as Hedy (1987), ‘In The Heat Of The Night’ as Marie Babineaux, ‘227’ as Eartha Kitten (1990), ‘House Party 2’ as Sheila Landreaux, ‘Lies Of The Twins’ as Cat/ Elie, ‘L.A. Story’ as Cynthia, ‘Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country’ as Martia, ‘The Linguini Incident’ as Dali Guest (1991), ‘Remember The Time' music video (Michael Jackson) as Queen Nefertiti (1992), ‘Heart Of Darkness’ as Jungle bride, ‘Exit To Eden’ as Nina (1994), ‘Project Runway Canada’ as herself (2007), ‘Project Runway Canada’ as herself (2009), and ‘The Fashion Show: Ultimate Collection’ as herself (2010).

Charity Work

Iman works with Keep A Child Alive as a celebrity spokesperson and hosted the Black Ball for the charity in 2006. She has also supported numerous charities including 21st Century Leaders, Action Against Hunger, the Lopez Family Foundation, and Whatever It Takes.

Iman’s Hobbies And Interests

Iman is interested in traveling, modeling, and helping those in need.

Other Interesting Iman Facts And Trivia

  • Iman has won many accolades for her performance in the entertainment industry as well as the good that she does for society. Council of Fashion Designers of America awarded her with a Fashion Icon Lifetime Achievement Award in 2010.
  • Iman has two biographies under her name, 'I Am Iman' (2001) and 'The Beauty Of Color' (2005).
  • Iman was the world’s first black supermodel in the fashion industry.
  • Iman's modeling career took off quite unexpectedly. The model was still a student at the university when Peter Beard, an American fashion photographer, approached her with a modeling job in the United States.
  • In the year after, she was chosen to be a Vogue cover girl. She went from being an unknown up-and-comer to an overnight global phenomenon in the space of one year.
  • During her career's peak in the '70s and '80s, she worked with some of the world's most renowned designers such as Calvin Klein, Gianni Versace, Issey Miyake, and Halston among others. She has also been a part of television and film productions from time to time.
  • Her first film role came in 1979 in the British film, 'The Human Factor'. Iman has also appeared on television, initially for two years as a presenter of 'Project Runaway Canada'.
  • Born in Somalia, Iman is well connected to heritage.
  • Global Chic, Iman's first collection, contained free-size embroidered caftans and was inspired by both her childhood in Egypt and her modeling career.
  • As of 2021, she primarily resides in London and New York City.
  • Upon coming to Hollywood in 1991, Iman was cast in 'Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country', as a shapeshifting alien and later appeared alongside David Bowie, her then-fiancé, in the crime comedy 'The Linguini Incident'. Other film appearances that year included roles in 'Lies Of The Twins', 'L.A. Story', and 'House Party 2'.
  • As of 2022, she maintains a massive fan following of over 843,000 on her Instagram account '@the_real_iman'.
  • She also shares her personal views on her Twitter handle '@The_Real_IMAN'.
  • Though Jones has been one of the popular supermodels and entrepreneurs, definitely a pioneer in the field of ethnic cosmetics, she was popular for being the wife of the late English rock star David Bowie.
  • Jones has performed in several projects for both film and television networks and she has been involved in several philanthropic activities as well.
  • At the time of his death, David Bowie maintained a net worth of $230 million. Since Iman came out best as per the will, she inherited a large dual penthouse apartment in SoHo and received almost half of the rest of his estate. While Duncan (Bowie's son) received 25% of the estate, the rest went to a trust to further be received by David's young daughter, Alexandria Zahra Jones.
  • In addition to this, Corrinne Schwab who has Bowie's longtime personal assistant received a $2 million settlement from Opposum Inc. (former holdings of Bowie).
  • In January 2022, the very estate sold the rights to the publishing catalog, which was worth $250 million.
  • Iman launched her cosmetic company in 1994 and now, it is one of the popular cosmetic brands earning $25 million a year, focusing on shades for women of darker shades. Iman signed two popular Somali designers to be brand ambassadors of her brand.
  • In 2007, she was approached by the CEO of Home Shopping Network that eventually encouraged her to open her clothing line.

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Iman Birthday & Fun Facts Facts

Birth Name

Zara Mohamed Abdulmajid

Date of Birth

1955-07-25

Nationality

Somalian

Place of Birth

Mogadishu

Age

Height

175 cm

Eye Color

Brown

Occupation

Model

Education

University of Nairobi

Net Worth

200000000

Partner

David Bowie

Parents

Marian Abdulmajid, Mohamed Abdulmajid

Annual Earnings

10000000
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Written by Abhijeet Modi

Master of Computer Science

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Abhijeet ModiMaster of Computer Science

An experienced and innovative entrepreneur and creative writer, Abhijeet holds a Bachelor's and Master's degree in Computer Application from Birla Institute of Technology, Jaipur. He co-founded an e-commerce website while developing his skills in content writing, making him an expert in creating blog posts, website content, product descriptions, landing pages, and editing articles. Passionate about pushing his limits, Abhijeet brings both technical expertise and creative flair to his work.

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