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Iman was born in Somalia in 1955 to a diplomat and doctor,. She moved to Egypt as a child and later went to college in Kenya. While in Kenya she was spotted by photographer Peter Beard. That moment helped jump start her modeling career. On the set of her first job, which was also her first job with Vogue, the makeup artist asked her if she had brought her own makeup. At the time models of color brought their own makeup because there weren’t a lot of shades out there to match them. That moment would inspire Iman to start a multimillion dollar cosmetics empire two decades later.
Iman started Iman Cosmetics in 1994 because she wanted to help women of color find makeup that matched their skin tones. She knew that there was something missing for millions of women around the world and now her makeup is sold all over the world. I have seen her makeup in Walmart, Ulta, and now select Sears department stores carry her makeup.
Not only does she sell makeup, but she has written books, and she has starred in movies and hosts Project Runway Canada and The Fashion Show on Bravo with designer Isaac Mizrahi. A few months ago, I was looking at the Home Shopping Network website and I saw Iman’s Global Chic Collection. The collection consists of jewelry, purses, sunglasses, and other accessories. She also sells straight and plus size trendy, yet classic clothes on HSN too.
Iman is very inspirational to me because she is a woman of color succeeding in business. I have big dreams for the future, and they include being a successful businesswoman. This video from Fox Business has really excited me, as cheesy as that sounds. Iman talks about her cosmetics line and how she successfully runs her businesses. If you are looking for some inspiration to help you start your week off right, watch this video.