Supermodel Iman launches Instagram Q&A series

Iman revealed the news in a short clip on her Instagram account. (Instagram)
Updated 29 August 2018
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Supermodel Iman launches Instagram Q&A series

  • Iman has been widely praised for having led the way for the many models of color who have followed in her path
  • As my career progressed, I became the first black model to refuse to work for a lower wage than other girls, says the model

DUBAI: Somali-American supermodel Iman Abdulmajid has launched a new Instagram Q&A series called #DearIman in which she invites her 513,000 followers to ask the legendary fashion star anything and everything.

The series kicked off on Tuesday with an episode on everything beauty-related. Fans had to opportunity to ask the 63-year-old model about her skincare regimen, makeup tips and other secrets to her youthful glow.

She revealed the news in a short clip on her Instagram account, saying the new initiative was “an opportunity for you to ask me any question.”

One of the most iconic supermodels in fashion history, Iman has been widely praised for having led the way for the many models of color who have followed in her path.

In a recent interview with Vogue Arabia, she shared how she was discovered by photographer Peter Beard in Kenya in 1975 and recalls how she fought for equal pay as a model in the US.

“As my career progressed, I became the first black model to refuse to work for a lower wage than other girls. To me, I was providing the same service, so I had to be paid equally.”

Iman also spoke about reconciling her religion with her career.

“It is an oxymoron to have your foot in the modeling business and to call yourself a Muslim, but at the end of the day, you need to look in the mirror and feel good when you ask, am I doing the right thing?”

The icon has an beauty brand to her name, Iman Cosmetics, which she launched in 1994. 

“When you work in the industry, your looks are your currency. If you don’t have a good appearance, you won’t be booked again – and no one will blame the beauty team or the photographer. This made me start experimenting with makeup from an early stage. I would buy any foundation with pigment so I could mix and match,” she told Vogue Arabia earlier this year.

The widow of the late David Bowie has posed for iconic photographers, including Richard Avedon, Irving Penn and Helmut Newton.

The supermodel was scouted by photographer Peter Beard while she was a 20-year-old Somali refugee studying in Kenya in 1975. Her family were forced to flee their homeland due to a coup and initially settled in Kenya before traveling the world.


‘I’m as Palestinian as I am Dutch,’ Gigi Hadid says

Updated 18 November 2018
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‘I’m as Palestinian as I am Dutch,’ Gigi Hadid says

DUBAI: Model-of-the-moment Gigi Hadid took to the stage at an event in Sydney last week to defend her heritage and express her “respect” for her Arab roots.
The 23-year-old model, whose father is Palestinian and mother is Dutch, made the fiery statement during a promotional appearance for Reebok’s “Be More Human” campaign.
“When I shot the cover of Vogue Arabia, I wasn’t ‘Arab enough’ to be representing those girls, even though I’m half-Palestinian,” Hadid told the crowd of her March 2017 cover for the magazine, according to Yahoo. “I’m as Palestinian as I am Dutch. Just because I have blonde hair, I still carry the value of my ancestors and I appreciate and respect that.”

The model also touched on her much-reported-on relationship with British singer Zayn Malik, saying the pair had discussed her background in the past.
“I was taking about this to my boyfriend too, he is half-Pakistani and half-English,” she said, according to the Daily Mail. “And there’s always this thing where you’re mixed race or you come from two different worlds. You see how both sides treat each other. And you become a bridge between both sides.”
Gigi isn’t the only Hadid sibling to talk publicly about the family’s roots.
In April 2017, her sister Bella opened up about their Palestinian father’s immigration experience and her embrace of Islam in an interview with Porter magazine.
The siblings’ father, Mohamed Hadid, lived in Syria and Lebanon before he moved to the US in his teens.
“My dad was a refugee when he first came to America,” Bella said in the interview.
“He was always religious and he always prayed with us. I am proud to be a Muslim,” she added.
In her latest appearance in Sydney, older sister Gigi also touched on the pressures of the competitive fashion industry.
“Regardless of who you are, or what you do, you always are allowed to give yourself room to screw up and learn and grow,” she said. “I’m a human and someone that can make mistakes,” she said. “But I can still learn and grow and be better.”