Wednesday, March 11, 2009
BGG Chats with Iman!
I recently had the pleasure of asking Iman a few questions. Her stunningly regal beauty helped pave the way for women of color within the modeling world. In addition, this supermodel turned mogul also inspires women to become entrepreneurs all while exuding style and grace. She owns both a beauty company, IMAN Cosmetics and an accessories line called IMAN Global Chic, which includes handbags, jewelry and various fashion accessories. Iman is a timeless icon who exemplifies the essence of beauty.
Check out our Q&A:
BGG: After having launched your cosmetics line 15 years ago, what have you found to be the most gratifying aspect of having your own company?
Iman: Women stopping me in the street and showing me their IMAN Cosmetics products in their purses and thanking me for creating amazing products for women with skin of color.
BGG: Do you feel as though having a First Lady who is African-American will inspire fashion designers to include more women of color in their runway shows and ad campaigns?
Iman: I think you can already see that effect in magazines but let's not forget the hard work that my dear friend Bethann Hardison has spearheaded a year ago by challenging the status quo. Click here to read more about Bethann Hardison's effort to combat racism in fashion in the New York Times.
BGG: You are a trailblazer when it comes to women entrepreneurs and aspiring models, who were some of your role models?
Iman: My mother to start with but I would say also Naomi Sims.
BGG: You’ve had two very successful makeup books, "I Am Iman" and "The Beauty of Color: The Ultimate Beauty Guide for Skin of Color", do you foresee doing another one in the near future?
Iman: I would love to write book on how to be an entrepreneur and definitely one on style.
BGG: I know that you’re extremely charitable. What does your role as the Global Ambassador for “Keep a Child Alive,” entail?
Iman: Keep a Child Alive (www.keepachildalive.org) is an organization that provides ARV drugs for children and families affected with AIDS in Africa and my role is to put focus on how the public can donate as little as one dollar to save a live and most importantly that AIDS is a manageable disease if you have the medication.
BGG: What are the top 3 must-haves in your makeup bag?
Iman: IMAN Cosmetics Stick Foundation, IMAN Afterglow bronzer/blush, IMAN Lip shine in Nude
BGG: What does beauty mean to you?
Iman: To be happy in your own skin and your god given features.
Check out Iman's must-haves.
IMAN Lip Shine
IMAN After-Glow Bronzer/Blush
IMAN Foundation Stick
All products are available at www.imancosmetics.com
**One lucky reader will win an IMAN Eye-Defining Powder in Vixen (a $10.99 value), which happens to be one of my favorite new products (Antithesis, I've finally given eye-shadow a try)! Just leave a comment and a winner will be selected randomly and announced tomorrow.
**The winner of the O.P.I nail polish in "Paint My Moji-toes Red" is Kinky Rhonnie! Please email me your mailing address. Congrats!!