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What's not to love about Iman? The Somali supermodel has the bod of a ballerina, skin the shade of rich milk chocolate, and she's married to David Bowie. And she directs her own global fashion, beauty, and fragrance brands. And she's a philanthropic goddess. And she speaks five languages.
Oh and, as of now, Iman is an official Fashion Icon so crowned by the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA). To celebrate the prestigious award, the diva gets a special gift: her own Barneys New York windows.
Truly, what princess doesn't grow up dreaming of the day when her life and style will be paid homage in the windows chez Barney? Fortunately, Barneys creative director, Simon Doonan, promises full-scale fantasia—think Iman's visage in decoupage alongside her portrait by famed photographer Bruce Weber and adoring quotes from notables. David Bowie's exclaims, "Iman is my wife!"
In conversation with Marc Karimzadeh of WWD, Doonan recalls his first encounter, in the mid-80s, with the exotic Somali model:
I was absolutely terrified of her because she is so regal and beautiful but the minute we got off the set, we bonded wildly. We’re both immigrants; she just happens to be twice my height.
Barneys lifts the curtain on its once-in-a-lifetime Iman windows at its Madison Avenue flagship on May 11.
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