Iman is now Imam according to the NY Daily News. The writer who skillfully performed a craneoplasty on "The Fashion Show", the new season which airs tonight starring Isaac Mizrahi and Iman referred to her as Imam a total of 4 times. I thought it was a mistake until I kept running into the name again and again. From the sound of it, the new name may be an apt one. Assuming one equates that name with all things dark and destructive it appears to be a tag that fits her new guise. It appears that she is that avenging style angel of death. She bombs, blasts and water boards the unwitting an not so innocent contestants on this dead duck show with willful abandon. Just like a real terrorist. It appears that reality fashion tv has a new formula: take no prisoners and spare no viewers. This show noisily sucked wind with Kelly Rowland its first time down that rutted catwalk. Though the formula sputtered with her "tepid" contribution the producers couldn't resist the frisson of having a woman of color in the co-pilot's seat. Enter the erudite, multi-lingual and arrestingly telegenic Imam. All the better if she walks tall and carries a baseball bat. Isaac might've had one too, had it fit in his monogrammed L.L.Bean tote. It didn't so he couldn't.
Even the trailer for this show was all about Imam. Her vitriol was so over the top she could barely shriek her protests. All staccato and flying spittle she declares while "judging" that the work of a clueless "designer" is a "Fashion Emergency" in need of an" evac-oo-ation". Is this fashion speak for "Code Brown"? She may speak 5 languages, but her annunciation, like her legendary walk, is all her own. Apparently, her style cred as an uber-supermodel is writ large with her unusual choices of costume, hairs and make-up. Hairs is the only way to describe her weave which is perfectly in keeping with her new identity.
The reality fashion show is a curious species. It makes a much better radio show than television. Using your own imagination would be infinitely more satisfying than looking at these characters. This is just another hatchet blow to an industry that used to be about beauty and style. I just wonder why two success stories who worked their way to the top are screaming and swinging that hopelessly dull weapon of mass destruction. You watch and tell me what you think.
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