The CFDAs Reminds Us We Need More Iman

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Published March 18, 2010

Yesterday the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) announced its 2010 nominees for Mens and Womens designer of the year, and the Swarovski nominees for young designers. Our congratulations go out to the nominees.

But one element really struck us, and that was the Fashion Icon Award, the winner of which was announced as supermodel Iman. Lauren Bacall, this is not. This announcement is one with flare, and it’s political in that the turncoat Iman’s most recent hosts the Canadian edition of Project Runway.

There are many iconic moments in the life of Iman. In fact, you may remember her stylish, be-pelted cut as Martia, the shapeshifting alien of Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country. But the moment that, for us, turned Iman from supermodel to super-icon was her starring turn on the now-legendary The Rosie O’Donnell Show, in which the daytime host parodied the Somali star’s immense gravitas by imagining her as an advice columnist in a segment called “Listen to Iman.” It’s the clip that we were hoping to post with this brief article, and it is of course the clip we cannot find.

Calling lonely strangers: If anyone out there can supply that clip, please send it in!