When it came to style, nobody was going to tell the late great David Bowie what to wear, not even his wife, supermodel Iman.
"People say, 'Do you give him fashion tips?' What are you, crazy?" she said with a laugh. "We're talking about David Bowie. He is fashion!"
In a just-released interview taped before the English rocker's death, Iman spoke of the high-profile couple's 24-year marriage with Oprah Winfrey for OWN's "Oprah: Where Are They Now?" series.
"We both understand the difference between the person and the persona," she said of his eclectic fashion sense. "When we are home, we are just Iman and David. We're not anybody else."
David and Iman defied the odds when it came to their marriage. The key to a "lasting marriage," she said, is timing.
"You have to be at the right time your life that you're ready for an everlasting relationship, that it becomes a first priority in your life. If your career is important to you, don't get married and have children, because something will give," the mother of 15-year-old Alexandria Zahra Jones said. "I know as women we want to be able to have it all, but we can't have it all at the same time."
She continued, "So, make your priority of what you want at that time. Sometimes you don't even have to get married. Why do you have to get married?"
Since David's death, Iman has largely remained out of the public spotlight. She's often used social media to post inspirational quotes, some of them seem to indicate who she's coping with the death.
On Feb. 10, one month to the day that her husband passed away, the model took to Instagram to post a touching quote from writer Rune Lazuli.
The message read: "Each tear is a poet, a healer, a teacher."
She captioned the post with a simple #imandaily.
The supermodel has posted several emotional quotes since her husband's death. Shortly after he died on Jan. 10 at 69 years of age, Iman shared a quote that said, "The struggle is real, but so is God."
With Oprah, though, the interview was a bit less sensitive. Aside from speaking about her marriage, Iman discussed how a certain heiress-turned-DJ reaffirmed her decision to retire from modeling 26 years ago.
"I was just starting to create Iman Cosmetics, so I wanted to be also taken seriously and not be at fashion shows every day," she said. "But what really put the nail there for me was that I read they held a show—an hour—for Paris Hilton."
"I knew the game had changed. It became where everybody wants to be seen and it's become a different animal. I mean, when you have D-listers...We're not talking about Linda Fargo from Bergdorf Goodman. You know, you hold a show for that person because she is the establishment; she is fashion. But, seriously? Paris Hilton?" she said. "No."
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