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IMAN ABDULMAJID

Iman Abdulmajid, more commonly known as Iman, is a retired supermodel, mother, actress, entrepreneur and humanitarian who speaks five languages. At age 18, the famed American photographer, Peter Beard, approached Iman while she was walking to the University of Nairobi because he wanted to take her picture. "The first thing I thought was he wanted me for prostitution," Iman recalled in an interview with Knight-Ridder/Tribune News Servicewriter, Roy H. Campbell. "I had never seen Vogue. I didn't read fashion magazines, I read Time and Newsweek." When Beard offered to pay her, she reconsidered and asked for the equivalent of her college tuition which was $8,000.


Since hesitantly making the move and signing with Wilhelmina, in New York City, Iman has become a staple and beloved icon in the fashion industry. Iman was Yves Saint Laurent's muse for the “African Queen" collection, made history as Revlon's first black beauty ambassador in the 80s and appeared on many magazine covers. In 1994, Iman created and launched her own cosmetic collection for women of color (IMAN Cosmetics), which grossed $12 million in sales in its first year and continues to thrive today. The elegant East-African expanded her brand to include home decor and fashion accessories.

In addition to taking the lead in fashion and business, Iman is a mother of two, a published author (I Am Iman, The Beauty of Color) and a well-known philanthropist. She is involved with The Children's Defense Fund, Action Against Hunger and the RAISE HOPE FOR CONGO. This Somali stunner is impressively multi-talented and still, at age 61, gorgeous.

—MB

Interview

Kofi Jamar Switches Lanes In 'Appetite for Destruction'

The Ghanaian rapper and "Ekorso" hitmaker presents a different sound in his latest EP.

The drill scene in Ghana has been making waves across the continent for some time now. If you're hip to what a crop of young and hungry artists from the city of Kumasi in Ghana and beyond have been doing over the past year, then you already know about rapper Kofi Jamar.

Towards the end of November last year he dropped one of the biggest drill songs to emerge from Ghana's buzzing drill scene, the popular street anthem "Ekorso." In the December and January that followed, "Ekorso" was the song on everyone's lips, the hip-hop song that took over the season, with even the likes of Wizkid spotted vibing to the tune.

Currently sitting at over 10 million streams across digital streaming platforms, the song topped charts, even breaking records in the process. "Ekorso" maintained the number one spot on Apple Music's Hip-Hop/Rap: Ghana chart for two months uninterrupted, a first in the history of the chart. It also had a good stint at number one of the Ghana Top 100 chart as well, among several other accolades.

Even though he's the creator of what could be the biggest song of Ghana's drill movement till date, Kofi Jamar doesn't plan on replicating his past music or his past moves. He has just issued his second EP, a 6-track project titled Appetite for Destruction, and it would surprise you to know that there isn't a single drill song on it. Although drill played a huge role in his meteoric rise, he wants to be known as way more than just a drill rapper. He wants to be known as a complete and versatile artist, unafraid to engage in any genre — and he even looks forward to creating his own genre of music during the course of his career.

We spoke to Kofi Jamar about his latest EP, and he tells us about working with Teni, why he's gravitating away from drill to a new sound, and more. Check out our conversation below.

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