I will never forget the moment I saw the photos of Iman in the October 1989 issue of Vogue shot by Helmut Newton and styled by Andre Leon Talley. I wanted to be a part of THAT!!! The beauty, allure, elegance, sexiness, drama and fashion exuded in these images were transformative for me from a vision and creative perspective – these pictures literally changed my life. That was 26 years ago, and Iman is still inspiring me. I’ve had the pleasure of actually knowing this woman personally, she introduced me when I was honored by the Black Alumni of Pratt years ago, I’ve been her date to several grand affairs, and we’ve collaborated on projects for VIBE and ESSENCE. Today is the 60th birthday of the elegant and exquisite Iman Mohamed Abdulmajid and we celebrate her beauty, power and presence. Iman took the world by storm as a fashion model but amplified herself as a global brand when she created her own groundbreaking Iman cosmetics line, a designer with her uber successful Iman Collection at HSN, entered the world of decor with Iman Home, a successful author, and digital diva with Destination Iman. The mother, wife of David Bowie, and ageless beauty also inspires women of color world wide as a philanthropist and role model. Happy Birthday Iman and thank you for WOWing me.
Happy birthday to our excellent neighbor Central Park, which turns 162 today!
Pictured is the Naturalists Gate at 77th street and Central Park West, which is “dedicated to the thousands who have here entered Central Park to study nature under the sponsorship of the American Museum of Natural History.”
“To understand those days, you must consider that people believed what they saw on the screen. Audiences thought the stars were the way they saw them. Why, women kicked my photographs as they went into the theaters where my pictures were playing, and once on the streets of New York a woman called the police because her child spoke to me.”
Often called the father of American anthropology, Boas was a curator at the American Museum of Natural History, and led the Jesup North Pacific Expedition from 1897 to 1902. Museum visitors can see the collections and research from this expedition in the Hall of Northwest Coast Indians, which highlights the traditional cultures of the native peoples of North America’s northwest shores from Washington State to southern Alaska, including the Kwakiutl (known today as Kwakwaka’wakw), Haida, Tlingit, and others.