One of our commenters pointed out, quite rightly, that — no matter how cool Jennifer Lopez’z inside photoshoot was — it’s insane that FREAKING IMAN is inside that same issue and therefore disappears into it. Spread the wealth across two issues, y’all. IT’S IMAN. And what’s more, she’s still got it. PUT HER ON A COVER.
IMAN: My mom always said, “Learn to say no and to walk away from things that don’t serve you.” “No” is a complete sentence. You don’t have to explain yourself.
I love that quote. “No is a complete sentence.” If I were a tattooing person, I might get that inked somewhere, because I could stand to learn that I don’t need to tie myself up in knots qualifying things.
And then there’s this:
IMAN: Image is so important. People used to say to me, “You just want to be invited to the table.” And I’m like, “Fuck the table—I can buy my own table.” But the young girls who are coming up? They need to see themselves portrayed.
She deserved a better interviewer than Taraji P. Henson for this. No shade to Taraji, but we’ve said it before a dozen times and we’ll probably go blue in the face saying it until thie site goes belly up: Interviewing is a skill, and it’s very hard, and shouldn’t be a job that’s stunt-cast. The bites they did get, they got because Iman knows what she’s doing, and is a pro, and can spin a bite. She also let a few great nuggets drop, like this:
IMAN: People thought of fashion as something artistic and personal, but then it became more of a big-business machine. Casting agents have assumed an outsize power as gatekeepers. Some had the audacity to say, “We’re not seeing black models this season.” As if black is a trend.
She is a goddess. This could have been a great profile, had it been assigned as such, because I think she deserves more words.