Star From Somalia
Though she was born in Somalia, Iman attended high school in Egypt and later moved to Kenya to study political science at Nairobi University. While she was still a student, American photographer Peter Beard (pictured here at her press party in 1975) stopped the beautiful, young 19-year-old woman on the street. Soon, Beard brought his discovery—with her legendary long neck and high cheek bones—to America where her modeling career took off. Just a year after hitting the states, Iman landed her first job at
Vogue in 1976.