Text: Paul Madley
Icon, legend, and '70s superstar Iman is set to receive the Franca Sozzani Award in Venice. The trailblazer is being honored for her work in front of the camera but also as a humanitarian. The model is the third person to receive the award, following previous winners Julianne Moore and Salma Hayek.
Director and photographer Francesco Carrozzini, established the award with his wife Bee, to honor his mother, the late Franca Sozzani (editor of Vogue Italia). The award recognizes The artistic careers and social activism of prominent women.
The Somalian beauty exploded onto the New York fashion scene in 1976. Yves Saint Laurent dubbed her the “African Queen." At the time Iman’s agency said that she was a goat herder ‘discovered’ walking through the desert. In reality, Iman was a college student and the daughter of a diplomat.
Beyond her modeling career, Iman has developed a skin-care line for women of color. Iman has worked for The Children’s Defense Fund, Action Against Hunger and Raise Hope For Congo campaign. In 2010, Iman was recognized with the CFDA’s Fashion Icon Award. “Iman’s work has disrupted the fashion industry in a way similar to Franca’s: bold, innovative and inclusive,” said Carrozzini. “Using her platform to the best of its potential, Iman’s work from lobbying the CFDA for an increase of diversity on the runway to impactful humanitarian work displays her true passion and focus. We are truly honored for her to accept the Franca Sozzani Award.”
The ceremony will take place in Venice on August 27th and will be held at the Belmond Hotel Cipriani.
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