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Prêt-À-Poundo: Model Gallery — Iman [NSFW]

All about Top Model Iman Mohamed Abdulmajid, her fashion career, cosmetic lines and humanitarian work.

Somali-born Iman Mohamed Abdulmajid, better known as Iman, initially got scouted by American photographer Peter Beard. She was a perfect find at a time when models of color were barely visible in the fashion industry, Beard had a great vision; lo and behold it did not take long Iman long to end up becoming a fashion icon. Her features, face, natural beauty, tall stature, grace and elegance aided her in taking the fashion world by storm.


A muse for many designers and photographers, Iman was there at the right time and opened a path to black models and models from the continent. She worked with some of the biggest names in the industry including Calvin Klein, Issey Miyake, Halston, Gianni Versace, Donna Karan, Yves Saint-Laurent, Annie Leibovitz, Helmut Newton, Irving Penn and Richard Avedon. Designer Yves Saint-Laurent once said, "My dream woman is Iman."

No doubt, she has a quality you can't really teach: charisma. Iman achieved a lot for herself and the community. She started a cosmetics company that facilitates access to make-up and foundations, with a focus on dark-skinned women. After being approached by Home Shopping Network's (HSN) CEO, she created a clothing line inspired by her childhood in Egypt and modeling time with designer Halston. Her first collection Global Chic had tremendous success and is one of the best-selling of over 200 brands featured on HSN.

Iman was honored by the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) with the "Fashion Icon Award." She partakes in humanitarian work as a spokesperson for the Keep A Child Alive program and is involved in others organizations including the Children's Defense Fund, Save the Children, and Enougha Project.

A top model, actress, fashion designer, and business woman, Iman will always be an inspiration. See some of her best shots above. WARNING SOME ARE NSFW.

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Adekunle Gold Is Living His Best Life

We speak to the Nigerian star about how marriage and fatherhood have led him to find both newfound happiness and newfound freedom as an artist.

''I'm having the time of my life,'' says Adekunle Gold over a Zoom call while seated in his office in Lagos. ''I'm making songs that are so true to my current energy, my current vibe.'' When I got on the call with the 34-year-old artist on a Wednesday afternoon, the first thing I noticed was his hair tied up in little braids, the second was his wide smile. As we speak, the crooner laughs multiple times but it's his aura that shines through the computer screen, it lets you know better than his words that he's truly having the time of life.

Born Adekunle Kosoko, the popular Nigerian singer got married barely two years ago to fellow artist Simi. Last year, the power couple welcomed their first child. As we talk, Gold points to his journey as a father and a husband as some of the biggest inspirations at the moment not just as far as music goes but as his perspective in life and how he now approaches things.

''My [artistry] has changed a lot because being a father and being a husband has made me grow a lot and more.'' Adekunle Gold tells OkayAfrica. ''It has made me understand life a lot more too. I'm feeling more responsible for people. You know, now I have a kid to raise and I have a wife to support, to be a real man and husband and father for.'' He credits this journey with both his newfound happiness and a newfound freedom as an artist.

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