It is rare in the fashion industry for a newbie model to land Vogue as her first gig but, for some, popping onto the scene gracing the pages of a world-renowned publication is simply how it’s done. Case in point: Somali-born supermodel Iman, an industry pioneer, who has been a muse for designers including Versace and Calvin Klein, in addition to working with legendary photographers, Helmut Newton, Richard Avedon, and Annie Leibovitz.
Founder and CEO of her namesake cosmetic line created for women of color, Iman's endless achievements include book author, wife and mother, in addition to her ground-breaking fashion career. Combined with a seemingly haughty attitude on Bravo’s The Fashion Show, we thought Iman would be the perfect candidate to launch What’s in My Bag?, a new series on theFashionSpot giving you an exclusive sneak peek into the personal makeup bags of celebrities, top makeup artists, stylists, and other industry leaders.
theFashionSpot: With your busy schedule, I am sure you are constantly on the go. What makeup items do you carry in your bag that you cannot live without?
Iman: The two beauty products that I always keep in my handbag are IMAN Cream to Powder Foundation and IMAN After Glow Bronzer. IMAN Cream to Powder Foundation gives you the flawless look you want, leaving you with a truly natural appearance while IMAN After Glow Bronzer gives you a glamorous sheen with a flawless finish.
tFS: Your skin always looks radiant and flawless, what do you carry in your bag in terms of skin care?
Iman: My go-to, must have skincare product is our IMAN Time Control Liquid Assets Skin Refresher Lotion. It contains natural botanical ingredients such as Aloe Vera, Chamomile and Comfrey that soothes, cleanses and moisturizes your skin. With my hectic schedule, this is something that I can’t live without.
tFS: Would you be willing to share a personal skin care tip you swear by?
Iman: The biggest beauty secret I learned is from my mother, and that is it’s never too early for good skincare. The skin you take care of in your teens, and 20s is the skin you will inherit in your 30s, 40s and beyond. So products that protect, like SPF, are a must.
tFS: If you were stranded on a deserted island, what is the ONE thing you could not live without and why?
Definitely IMAN Cover Cream enriched with minerals as a concealer. It hides a multitude of sins and would keep me looking flawless until rescue!
(We were hoping for her answer to be David Bowie, but we can definitely respect a woman who strives to remain flawless in emergency situations!)