Never look back, walk tall, act fine...
The December 2001 issue of Pride magazine in the UK has a six-page spread on Iman, and the above cover. Talking to Pride via a transatlantic telephone call "about life after 11 September, self-esteem, and motherhood", Iman was again forthright about the fashion industry's treatment of black women:
"We are always a trend, we go in and out of favour. It's always perplexing to discover that, because of the colour of your skin, you're not even considered a human being, you're just a trend to make a statement. You're exotic, you're sassy, sexy...but never just plain beautiful. It is absolutely insulting."
And on motherhood:
"I can probably say I have more patience now, as a mature woman. I'd done this before, but, like, 23 years ago, it's not like you remember! Biologically, and by nature, we forget so we can go through it again. Otherwise, forget it!"
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As an amusing aside, I have to say that when I bought Pride from my local newsagent, I received one of the strangest looks ever from the girl who handed me my change. I guess the source of the girl's bemusement was the fact that I fitted none of the three descriptions particularly convincingly, as I purchased the magazine "For the modern black woman". The look she gave me sent me straight back to my early teens when I would scour the pages of Mirabelle, Jackie, Diana, and most likely Bunty, for the tiniest of snippets relating to David Bowie, while ignoring the tutting and looks of disdain coming my way from the Showaddywaddy fan behind the counter!