We don’t know Iman personally but we do know she don’t play. And if you ever needed evidence, you need look no further than her latest interview with V Magazine. In it she spoke about everything from being denied by Calvin Klein and the ways in which Black girls do it better.
How modeling helped her family
“Modeling and the money that it gave me allowed me to make sure all my brothers and sisters could finish school without paying for it. That, to me, is what modeling really meant.”
How Calvin Klein didn’t want her at first
“When I went for a go-see the first time, [Klein] didn’t get it. Barry Schwartz, his partner, said, “What don’t you get? She looks like royalty. I think she’s got something that we need.” He hired me because Barry told him to hire me. After that I did all his shows.”
Black girls being more elegant
“Everybody believes that a Caucasian model has an inherent elegance. No. It’s not true. Black girls have more inherent elegance and understand the garment and how it should move. That is not taught.”
Quitting while you’re ahead
“Leave while they want you. I called my agency one night and said, ‘This was fun and great but as of tomorrow, I’m no longer working.’ And they laughed. That was in 1989, and I’ve never been back to modeling. That was the last time I went to a fashion show.”
And lastly, you really don’t want to mess up Iman’s age.
“The other day on Instagram, somebody said, ‘She looks great for 70.’ I said, ‘Bitch, don’t f—ing rush me.”