Top 20 Quotes of Iman Abdulmajid:
✧ A self-esteem issue doesn’t change whether you’re considered beautiful or not because it’s about what’s inside you.
✧ Don’t be afraid to walk away from things that are just not right for you.
✧ I believe in glamour. I am in favor of a little vanity. I don’t rely on just my genes. Looking good is a commitment to yourself and to others.
✧ One thing my mother always instilled in me is to always know my worth. Don’t settle for less. She used to say to me ‘Iman, no is a complete sentence, learn to say no. You don’t have to explain it you don’t have to say anything after it. It’s a complete sentence.’ So when I came to America 1975, I found out that the black models were being paid less than white models. So the first thing I did was say I’m not going to do the job unless I’m paid the same amount.
✧ For me, diversity whether you think of it as race or gender, it’s not a trend, it’s a human movement, it’s a human feeling, it’s a human desire.
✧ My saving grace was that I always knew when to leave the party.
✧ Make sure your decision to have a child is based on the need to share your life completely with another little human being and not because of some personal need for validation as a woman.
✧ The relationship I have with Bethann [Hardison], it’s so unique. It’s based on trust. But most importantly, Bethann is the one who will call on me if I’m doing something wrong. That’s a very specific relationship.
✧ I would rather Google other people than Google myself.
✧ There’s a lot that I haven’t put up there since my husband passed away because then it would be grief everyday. I have to fight within myself at times and ask, ‘how do I go through the grief and find a light, even a glimmer of it?’
✧ When 9/11 happened, 12 of our neighborhood firemen were killed. I looked around at the country that had adopted me and I became an American.
✧ If I feel frustrated in a situation, I take a deep breath and walk away.
✧ The one thing you learn as you get older is that the body will do what the body wants. All you can do is try to guide it a little.
✧ Bethann Hardison has been my collaborator, my closest friend, we’ve gone through starting businesses, losing businesses, kids, divorces, marriages, and she was my maid of honor when I married my husband, David Bowie. And she’s still such a part of my life. This is the person when it’s totally dark, outside and inside, this is the person I would call.
✧ The commitment to give of yourself and the knowledge that the time is right are what’s important. The thing is, I suppose, a younger person may not correctly divine the right time, because of lack of life experience, so the older woman may have the advantage of truly knowing if it’s right or not.
✧ The child must come first above all else. And pace yourself every day. There is quite a lot you will have to give up.
✧ That to be an activist, you have to stay active. For me, it’s profound; it’s not something you choose to do every five years because it’s chic to say it.
✧ If you are an activist, you have to stay active on a daily basis.
✧ The one thing I know for a fact – some days are bad, some days are okay, and I’ll go with it. If it’s bad, I stay in and ride the wave and somehow, God gets me through and I’m fine. Dealing with grief doesn’t work from one person to the other, it’s so personal.
✧ I’m quite insufferable about fitness, I suppose. I think it’s really important, though I’m not a body nut.
🖎 Author: Iman Abdulmajid
♛ Career: Fashion Model
📅 Life: b. July 25, 1955
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