È la vedova del celebre cantante e attore David Bowie, scomparso il 10 gennaio 2016.
A student at the University of Nairobi, she was discovered by photographer Peter Beard.Nel 2007 Iman lancia la propria linea di abbigliamento IMAN Global Chic, a cui viene presto affiancata una linea di cosmetica IMAN Cosmetics, Skincare & Fragrances, rivolta principalmente alle donne di colore che ancora oggi porta avanti avendo molto successo nel campo cosmetico e di abbigliamento Iman ha anche occasionalmente lavorato come attrice, apparendo nel film Star Trek VI - Rotta verso l'ignoto ed in La mia Africa.Inoltre è apparsa nella quinta stagione del reality show America's Next Top Model ed attualmente conduce la trasmissione Project Runway Canada sul canale Slice.Since retiring from modeling, Iman has done charity work in Somalia, started a cosmetics line and married rocker David Bowie.One of the most sought-after fashion models of the 1970s and 1980s, Iman became a successful business executive in the 1990s with her own line of cosmetics.She's no stranger to showcasing her incredible figure on the Victoria's Secret runway.And Chanel Iman looked simply sensational as she enjoyed a night out in the town at Beauty And Essex in Los Angeles on Wednesday.Married to rock star David Bowie since 1992, she became a mother for the second time at the age of 44 in the summer of 2000, but it was just one of many boundaries the enigmatic entrepreneur and social activist has broken in her lifetime."She broadened the definition of beauty," declared writer Robin Givhan of Iman's stunning, exotic looks. She helped to transform fashion into entertainment and models into personalities." Iman's mother, a gynecologist, gave her daughter the name Iman (which translates from Arabic as "faith') when she arrived into the world with the hope that this would better prepare her for the challenges she would face as a female in Muslim East Africa.Nata a Mogadiscio, in Somalia, figlia di Marian e Mohamed Abdulmajid, un ex ambasciatore somalo in Arabia Saudita, ha due fratelli, Elyas e Feisal, e una sorella, Nadia.Iman parla correntemente cinque lingue (arabo, inglese, francese, italiano e somalo) ed ha studiato scienze politiche all'Università di Nairobi.