One half of the couple with New York's best cheekbones, exquisitely-preserved supermodel Iman is the wife of David Bowie.

Iman was born in Somalia, attended high school in Cairo, and was discovered by fashion photographer Peter Beard on a Nairobi street. Iman moved to New York in the late '70s, and was in top echelon of supermodels by the time she landed on the cover of Vogue in 1982. The first black woman to sign a cosmetics contract, she's appeared in a long line of ad campaigns for the likes of Calvin Klein, Escada, Revlon, and Valentino. With her modeling career fading, in 1994 she launched an eponymous cosmetics line specifically for women of color as well as a makeup guide for ethnic complexions, Beauty of Color. Recently, the Fashion Icon lifetime achievement award winner has been juggling a line with the Home Shopping Network with the beauty brand as well as various African-centric non-profit ventures.

After a brief marriage to her childhood sweetheart, she subsequently married basketball player Spencer Haywood and had her first child, a daughter named Zulekha, in 1979. She married her third husband, David Bowie, in 1992. Their first child, Alexandria Zahra was born in 2000. [Image via Getty]