By: Renee Grant
Somalian-born supermodel Iman opens up about her grieving process after the loss of her husband of 24 years, David Bowie, in a new feature for Vogue.com. She discusses what it’s like to mourn Bowie along with millions of fans all over the world, becoming a grandmother, and how she’s learning to heal.
In the piece, Iman says, “Some months ago, the stars demanded David’s presence. We surrendered a husband, a father, a father-in-law, a friend, a mentor, and all the nameless daily ecstasies that occur between people who love one another.
“The outpouring of grief over David’s passing has helped me tremendously, though sometimes I’ve been at odds with it, too: Universal grieving for your life partner can also keenly deepen your own sense of all that you’ve lost.”
She goes on to say, “David gave me the most exciting, touching, and deliriously loving 24 years. Still, it was not enough— shockingly brief. And although I’ll never get used to losing him, David is nonetheless hiding in plain sight.
“We have our beautiful daughter, Lexi, now seventeen; a year ago, David’s son, Duncan, and his wife, Rodene, gave birth to a son, Stenton; my daughter Zulekha and her husband, Jason, will bless us with a baby this summer. With this burgeoning family, I’ve added a new title to my list: Nana. So I’m Mom and Nana now, while striving to live up to my name in spirit and example; to have iman; to always have faith.”
Speaking of that faith, Iman says she truly believes she and Bowie will meet again, ending her essay, “As for David, I have perfect iman that we’ll be together again. Love doesn’t cease; love reshapes.”