The Model Iman Will Be Awarded With Franca Sozzani Award

The famous model of Somalian origin Iman whose career first peaked when introduced by prestigious fashion designers like Gianni Versace or Yves Saint Laurent in the early 80s is now being awarded for her extraordinary career and commitments to charity.

The Franca Sozzani Award that recognizes women who stand out for both their artistic careers and their social commitments will be this year presented to Iman herself.


Iman will be the third award recipient of the award in a row. The Franca Sozzani Award was established on behalf of the late Franca Sozzani, the former editor in chief of the Italian Vogue. Franca was known for pushing the creative boundaries in fashion while trying to promote a positive change within the industry.

Throughout her career, Iman served as an inspiration and role model to women of color and in a way revolutionized the industry and paved the path for today’s Afro-American models.

Iman has likewise greatly contributed to charity and humanitarian work including raising funds for the Children’s Defense Fund, Action Against Hunger and the Raise Hope For Congo campaign.

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Iman expressed on Instagram her delight about how honored she felt about receiving the award. The award presenting will take place on the 27th of August. We honestly cannot think of a better recipient than the fashion industry pioneer of Iman’s ranking.