Supermodel icon Iman returns to the page in a new cover spread for LOVE Magazine. Lensed by Inez and Vinoodh, the ageless beauty serves serious profile while rocking a perfectly coifed afro styled by Ward and a natural beauty beat by Yadim.
The cover has a bit of special significance as the 62-year-old recently shared that she is no longer modeling – only coming out of retirement for special projects. “I only do a few things that move me or with which I have associations.I say ‘no’ more than I say ‘yes.’”
We’re so glad the cosmetics entrepreneur said yes, not only for her picture perfect spread, but also for getting candid about being Yves Saint Laurent’s muse, Black beauty and what prompted her to launch her self-named cosmetics line back in 1994.
On being Yves Saint Laurent’s muse:
“I had no idea what it meant or what would be required. They gave me silky black pantyhose with the seam at the back, like they would’ve worn in the 1940s, and a pair of black stilettos. And that was it. This really was just seeing the fabric change from nothing to actually coming to life on your body. You see these amazing colours that you think will clash but in his hands they worked beautifully. It was just the most glamorous thing, so heady I could not believe it.”
'The way that people dressed was almost as if the clothes were coming off. Forget about buttons – who cares about buttons? Forget about if your nipple shows – who cares? It was the most amazing thing: the more body revealed, the better.' Read @paul_flynn's interview with @the_real_iman – where she talks Studio 54, Yves Saint Laurent and black beauty – on thelovemagazine.co.uk now. Film @belleleighsmith, Fashion Editors @_charlesjeffrey, @babbym and @kegrand, Casting @bitton #lovedup
On Black beauty:
“Black Beauty Matters, yes,” she nods. “Women like Helena Rubenstein and Estée Lauder, first of all both of them were immigrants. They came from Europe and started successful businesses as women. This is a country of immigrants and a country where things for women are possible. You can make it.”