The Beauty of Color

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From the beloved fashion icon and cosmetics entrepreneur, the first book to embrace global beauty and women of all ethnicities.

Few faces are as instantly recognizable as that of Iman's. She's been a groundbreaking supermodel for the world's top designers and a muse for photographers, and she is the founder of the world's most popular cosmetic brand for skin of color.

Now, in an era when the face of beauty has changed-and the most celebrated ...

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Overview

From the beloved fashion icon and cosmetics entrepreneur, the first book to embrace global beauty and women of all ethnicities.

Few faces are as instantly recognizable as that of Iman's. She's been a groundbreaking supermodel for the world's top designers and a muse for photographers, and she is the founder of the world's most popular cosmetic brand for skin of color.

Now, in an era when the face of beauty has changed-and the most celebrated women in Hollywood include such stars as Halle Berry, Jennifer Lopez, and Lucy Liu-Iman delivers a new approach to makeup and skin care. With The Beauty of Color, she revolutionizes the way women of color can think about the way they look and feel. Iman resists categorizing people according to ethnicity, and instead embraces the whole range of skin color-light to dark. This is the first beauty and makeup book to truly address skin tones across the spectrum-Latina, Black, Asian, Indian, Native American, Mediterranean, Middle Eastern, as well as women of mixed ethnicities.

Inspired by her two illustrious careers-first as a world-class supermodel and then as founder of two of the world's top cosmetics lines-Iman is uniquely aware of the difficulties women of color have always had with skin care and makeup. In The Beauty of Color, Iman teaches readers how to work with skin care regimens and palettes targeted to their exact skin tone and type.

With stunning color photographs and images on every page, the book itself is a work of beauty, featuring Salma Hayek, Tyra Banks, Venus and Serena Williams, and other celebrities, as well as ordinary women of all ages. Unique, informative, and creative, The Beauty of Color is not only the first book to show women of every shade how to look their very best, but is also a landmark celebration of global beauty.

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In the mid-1970s, Kenyan beauty Imam helped break the color barrier for black models. Two decades later, she launched her own line of cosmetics designed specifically for women of color. Now, in this beautifully designed large-format pictorial, she addresses the cosmetic needs of black, Hispanic, Mediterranean, Middle Eastern, and Asian women. The Beauty of Color covers skin care, makeup, and makeovers and features 17 photo profiles on women of color including Tyra Banks, Venus Williams, Padma Lakshmi, and Eva Mendes. Rather than categorizing women by ethnicity, the book offers advice based on exact skin tone and type.
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Discovered when she was a university student in Nairobi, Kenya, in 1975 by photographer Peter Beard, Iman went on to become an international supermodel. To address the needs of women of color, she launched a line of cosmetics, Iman, in 1994, and with this beautifully illustrated coffee-table book geared to black, Hispanic, Middle Eastern and Asian women, and timed to coincide with the debut of her second cosmetic line, she's poised to become the voice of beauty for this underrepresented group of women. In a conversational tone, Iman shares solutions to basic makeup and skin care quandaries (how to use blush, test foundation and choose tools) and debunks myths (dark skinned women don't need sunblock, ethnicity determines skin color). Other sections show how to "get the look" from "Ghetto Fab" to "So Fresh So Clean." Gorgeous photographs of well-known faces (Salma Hayek, Tyra Banks, Ling) with personal tidbits of advice and real women makeovers, from teens to women over 50, round out the offerings. Fun and flirty, with a confidential, insider feel, this combination of celebrity and self-improvement, capped with artistic portraits of women famous and not, indicate another success for Iman. Agent, Suzanne Gluck. (Oct.) Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780399153181
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 10/11/2005
  • Pages: 176
  • Product dimensions: 8.74 (w) x 11.10 (h) x 0.75 (d)

Meet the Author

Iman , the daughter of an African diplomat, was born in Somalia. She was raised speaking five languages, and was studying political science at the University of Nairobi when she was discovered by photographer Peter Beard, who arranged for her to seek a modeling career in the United States. She quickly became the most successful black model and an international star on runways and in magazines. Iman remained at the top of her field for fourteen years, appearing in countless publications and advertising campaigns. In 1994 she started Iman Cosmetics for skin of color and in 2000 launched a second line, I-Iman Makeup. She is the author of I Am Iman, an autobiographical sketchbook of her working life. The mother of two daughters, she is married to musician/actor David Bowie.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 13, 2006

    Beautiful!

    I recently bought this book for my daughter for her first mother's day! Surprise! She saw it on television and expressed how much she would like one. Before wrapping it I browsed through it and it is a beautiful book. I will be purchasing a few more for some special young ladies in my family as well as one for myself. (Smile) Thank you Iman........... P.S If you wear make-up you need this book. I promise you will not be disappointed. All ethnicities included!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 2, 2005

    A wonderful book

    This is a wonderful book, not only is it full of gorgeous photos but it also has valuable information on skin types and skin care. I think it's a must have for anyone who is interested in makeup and skin care. Iman did a splendid job on this book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 27, 2005

    great book

    this is a really good book if youre looking for beauty tips for your skin color. it shows you the right ways to apply eye liner,lip gloss, etc. I got this book as a gift this christmas and i cant sing it enough praises. Ive already started trying some of the looks in the book! This book is great for women of any age.

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