At 61, she is a stoic beauty; a retired supermodel and one name whose omission would mean an incomplete story in the history of African super models. She was discovered by a photographer while in a Kenyan college and in no time stood out on the runway and in several magazines. Aside her career in fashion, Iman is an enigmatic entrepreneur with her massive cosmetic line and is also an advocate for children in third world countries. With her mega profile, she has given herself to be a voice for other black women in modelling.
Date of Birth: July 25, 1955
Zodiac Sign: Leo
Growing up, the most celebrated Abdulmajid child learnt self-worth among several other vital lessons. During her childhood days, her house was always busy thanks to the fact that she had parents who were passionate about the independence of their home country. There were meetings after meetings and countless number of protests. In the midst of all these, Iman’s parents instilled in their little daughter the deep rooted conviction that she was unstoppable. Read on to find out so much more about the supermodel from her parents to her marriages and the kids she now has.
Marian Abdulmajid Baadi (mother)
Marian was an activist who came from a generation of young Somalis who were passionate about getting independence for their country. She was also a gynaecologist and a devout Muslim. Marian was so passionate about giving her kids the best that she sold all her jewelleries to gather funds so as to send Iman to one of the best boarding schools in their country at the time.
After just two months of losing her famous husband David Bowie in early 2016, the beautiful Iman had to deal with another irreplaceable lost. Marian Baadi passed away! Though she started on a rough path with her mother, the supermodel eventually came to realize that all her mum did was for her own best interest.
Mohamed Abdulmajid (father)
Like Marian, he was also an activist and very involved in the issues concerning the independence of his home country. He was a diplomat stationed in Tanzania but tried his best to be available for his family.
Nadia Abdulmajid (younger sister, born to same parents)
Date of birth: December 5
Zodiac sign: Sagittarius
She lives in Washington and works as hair stylist.
Idil Abdulmajid (younger sister, born to same parents)
She lives in Annandale, Virginia.
Feisa Abdulmajid and Elias Abdulmajid (brothers born to some parents)
They are also the siblings to the successful business woman Iman. There is no much information about them.
Spencer Haywood (ex-husband)
Duration of Marriage: 1977 – 1987
Date of Birth: April 22, 1949
Zodiac Sign: Taurus
Her first husband was a Somali man whom she was with in college but they split upon her moving to the United States to pursue her career in modelling. In America, she met Spencer who was a basketball player and they fell in love. Their wedding was in 1977 and a year after the two welcomed their first child.
It all came crashing for Iman and Spencer in 1987 and they were involved in a tense custody battle for their daughter. After Haywood’s marriage to the Somali star, he started a relationship with Linda Haywood whom he married in 1990. They are together till date and have three daughters
David Bowie (late husband)
Duration of Marriage: April 24, 1992 – January 10, 2016 (till his death)
Date of Birth: January 8, 1947
Date of Death: January 10 2016 (age: 69)
Zodiac Sign: Capricorn
Some years after her first divorce, the exotic beauty married rock star David Bowie. David is a British singer with albums that dominated the music charts in the first few months of 2016. His songs were mainly in the genre of inspirational music. The British singer was first married to Angie Barnett from 1970 to 1980 and they have a son Duncan (born in 1971) together.
The Bowie-Abdulmajid union happened at a romantic Tuscany ceremony in 1992. They were married for two decades and nearly four years before Iman lost her love to liver cancer. No one knew he was in such terrible state except family and close friends. The illness was kept a secret for 18 long months until at 69, the shocker came and he passed on.
Zulekha Young (nee Haywood) (daughter with Spencer Haywood)
Date of Birth: July 5, 1978
Zodiac Sign: Cancer
She is the first child to the beautiful supermodel Iman. Zulekha was not lucky with her genes as she struggled with obesity for most of her young life. She bashed the salient assumption that one would be born sexy if one parents was a supermodel and the other an athlete. She however is getting more and more comfortable in her skin after several failed diet plans and a successful gastric bypass surgery. She married Jason Young on November 02, 2016.
Alexandria Zahra Jones (daughter with David Bowie)
Date of Birth: August 15, 2000
Zodiac Sign: Leo
She is known as Lexi and is the only child Iman had with her second husband Bowie. Before her arrival in 2000, the late musician was a fan of the fast life and was one to smoke and drink. He quit smoking after Lexi was born in New York and he retired into a life away from the spotlight. She kept on being her father’s muse even after he was diagnosed until his sad death.
Alexandria is considered a miracle baby because she came after much hope was lost. Iman and Bowie had been trying for years to conceive. They tried IVF to no avail and were at the point considering adoption when Iman found out she was with child. Her life is as simple as any teenager living in the States.
August 16, 2017 at 8:07 am
Well, I would guess Iman has her father’s genes while her daughter Zulekha has Iman’s mother’s genes.
February 21, 2018 at 5:17 am
Yes…I noticed her oldest daughter’s strong resemblance to her grandmother, too.
July 21, 2018 at 9:08 pm
Not blessed with beautiful children, is she, bless them! However Iman herself isnt that beautiful as she is just a typical prototype of a Somalian woman. There are Somalian women out there so much prettier than her. She was just lucky to be in a right place at the right time. Marrying famous men also helped.