Iman on Fashioning an Empire and Why She Dismisses the Word Icon


In an era when wearing oversized sweats is standard, Iman has characteristically done things differently. The Somalia-born model, businesswoman, philanthropist, and veritable fashion legend (a true powerhouse) has spent her time in quarantine in a stream of chic outfits—with a full beat, no less—on her Instagram account. It’s not surprising, seeing as she was a muse of Thierry Mugler and Yves Saint Laurent; the face of her own beauty empire, Iman Cosmetics; and a recipient of the CFDA Fashion Icon Award. But what many may not expect from one of the most glamorous women in the world is that she wears Ugg. Beyond that, she is even starring in the footwear company’s latest campaign.

Speaking from her country house in upstate New York, Iman tells that she would gleefully sport the brand’s signature no-fuss, sheepskin-lined boots for “mommy-and-me” moments with her then young daughter, Lexi Jones. She also confesses that it has been quite some time since she slipped on a pair—at least since she stopped dropping off her daughter at school. Amid a global pandemic, however, the brand’s cozy shoes have been tempting her more and more.

“I think it has come full circle, and at a time when we are sheltering at home,” she says about indulging in comfy Ugg shoes again. “You can walk around at home and be comfortable, and at the same time, you can walk outside. The reality of what we’re living in urges us to seek comfort.”