In an interview with Fashionista.com, supermodel Iman spoke about her years in the modeling world, her upcoming Platinum collection on HSN and her thoughts on the Vogue Italia ‘Slave earrings’ scandal.
After years of ruling the catwalk and successfully running her own cosmetics company, Iman says she won’t be back on the runway, despite many designers clamoring for her to wear their clothes. The model-turned-businesswoman is getting ready to launch her latest fashion collection, Platinum, which consists of luxury bags, wallets, and gloves for $300 or less, and spoke candidly about her career.
When asked whether or not she’d return to the catwalk, Iman answered with a resounding no. She says she’s been there and done that, and is so over it.
I worked with literally every designer. So when I stopped I was invited and there was no way I could do one and not do the other and if I did everybody, and I know my industry very well, they will say, ‘Oh poor her, she wants to come back.’ Come on, I know fashion people. The reason I lasted this long is because I’m not around them all the time!
When asked about the Vogue Italia ‘Slave earrings’ debacle, Iman held no punches.
I’m a huge fan of Franca Sozzani and Vogue Italia’s website because they have a whole section on black models. Is it controversial? Yes. The naming of it, I don’t get it. I sometimes wonder in this age of reality shows has it become part of the language–the more controversy the more [buzz] it creates. But yeah, I didn’t like it. Slave does not make it ethnic. Mind you, it’s not lost in translation–the word slave, we know what it is. They might as well have called them “n***** earrings.” For somebody like Franca Sozzani, who did that whole black issue for Vogue, somebody should have said something.
We agree, Iman…somebody should have definitely told them.