Iman started modeling with Ford Models at the age of 13 as a child model in Los Angeles, California. She flew to New York in 2006 and won third place in Ford’s Supermodel of the World contest.Shortly after, she signed on with the agency.
The New York Times wrote a feature article on her, “A Model from Day 1,” in which Iman explained that she wanted to be a model her entire life.
She was presented on the May 2007 cover of American Vogue as one of the World Next Top Models. Style.com also featured Iman as a rising star in 2007.
The same year she attended fashion’s biggest gala, The Met Ball, where she was named Vogue’s second Best Dressed of the Week in her sleeveless Zac Posen dress.
In February and July she appeared on the cover of Teen Vogue, with Karlie Kloss and Ali Michael, photographed by Patrick Demarchelier, then in November 2009 she appeared on the cover again, this time with Jourdan Dunn. Iman’s other covers include Italian Elle, i-D, Dubai and Ukrainian Harper’s Bazaar, Lula, Korean, Teen, and American Vogue. She has walked the runway for fashion houses and designers including Balenciaga, Versace, Yves Saint Laurent, and Stella McCartney. She has appeared in editorials for Allure, Dubai, American, and Ukrainian Harpers Bazaar, V, i-D, Pop, Italian, British, and Indonesian Elle, Italian Vanity Fair, and several international Vogues. She has appeared in advertising campaigns for high-end brands like , Bottega Veneta, GAP, Ralph Lauren, Express and DKNY.
She walked the 2009 Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show. In 2010, she became a featured model on Victoria’s Secret’s website and was used in several of the company’s campaigns. In 2010, Iman became a Victoria’s Secret Angel.