Iman - Host

Supermodel and Fashion Icon, Iman, returns to host season 2 of Project Runway Canada. Iman began her career in 1975 as a model and has challenged the prevailing notions of beauty ever since. The daughter of an African diplomat, Iman was born in Somalia and grew up speaking five languages. She studied political science at Nairobi University where she was discovered by legendary photographer Peter Beard.

Since her first modeling assignment for Vogue in 1976, Iman was an instant success in the fashion world and a muse for fashion designers including Yves St. Laurent, Versace, Calvin Klein and Donna Karan. During her 14 years as a model, she worked with top photographers Helmut Newton, Richard Avedon, Irving Penn and Annie Liebovitz.

Iman’s first book, ‘I AM IMAN’, was an autobiographical sketchbook of her career that questions “the unserious business of fashion and beauty and its serious affect on identity”. Her second book, ‘THE BEAUTY OF COLOR’, is the first beauty and makeup book that truly addresses skin tones across the spectrum: Latina, Black, Asian, Indian, Middle Eastern, Native American, as well as multiple ethnicities and has revolutionized the way women with skin of colour think about beauty.

In addition to running a global beauty company, IMAN Cosmetics, Iman is actively involved in several charities, including Keep a Child Alive, The Children’s Defense Fund, For All Kids Foundation and Action Against Hunger.

Further broadening her horizon gleaned from experience and a keen eye, she has designed IMAN GLOBAL CHIC, a line of handbags, jewelry and fashion accessories sold exclusively on

A mother of two, Iman is married to musician, David Bowie with whom she has a daughter, Alexandria Zahra. Iman’s eldest daughter is Zulekha Haywood.

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