Zulekha Haywood

Iman Mohamed Abdulmajid, known mononymously as Iman, is a Somali supermodel, actress and entrepreneur. She rose to fame in the 1970s modeling for top designers like Yves Saint Laurent, Gianni Versace, and Calvin Klein. Iman was one of the first African models to achieve crossover success in the modeling world.

In 1992, Iman married famous rockstar David Bowie. Together they have a daughter named Zulekha Haywood. Zulekha has largely stayed out of the spotlight compared to her famous parents. But there is still much intrigue around Iman and David Bowie’s only child. Here is an overview of everything we know about Zulekha Haywood today.

Early Life

Zulekha Haywood was born on August 15, 1978 in New York City. Her parents Iman and David Bowie were both at the peak of their careers when they had her. Iman continued modeling while pregnant with Zulekha.

Zulekha’s name means “brilliance” in Arabic. Her parents chose the name to reflect the joy she brought to their lives.

Growing up, Zulekha split her time between homes in New York, London, and Switzerland. Her parents tried to give her as normal an upbringing as possible, despite their A-list status.

Education 👩‍🎓

Zulekha attended an elite private preparatory school in Switzerland. She went on to study at Sarah Lawrence College in New York.

In college, Zulekha focused on studying literature and creative writing. She nurtured hopes of becoming a novelist one day.

After graduating from Sarah Lawrence in 2000, Zulekha attended graduate school at Oxford University in England. She earned a master’s degree in 19th century French art and literature.


Unlike her famous parents, Zulekha has pursued a career behind-the-scenes in the art world. She currently works as a book editor in New York City.

Zulekha has edited books on a diverse range of topics including art, architecture, photography and design. She works for high-profile publishing houses like Phaidon and Chronicle Books.

While editing provides a steady paycheck, writing fiction remains Zulekha’s true passion. She continues to work on novels in her spare time, hoping to publish one day.

Love Life 💖

Zulekha prefers to keep her romantic life extremely private. Little is known about her dating history over the years.

In her twenties, Zulekha was romantically linked to several high-profile men like actor Macaulay Culkin and singer Lenny Kravitz. However none of these relationships were ever officially confirmed.

These days Zulekha appears to be single and focused on her career. She has not made any public mention of a boyfriend.


Zulekha remains very close with her mother Iman. They are often spotted having lunch and shopping together in New York City.

Sadly, Zulekha lost her father David Bowie to cancer in 2016. Bowie’s death reportedly devastated her. However, Zulekha dealt with her grief privately and did not make any public statements.

Aside from Iman, Zulekha also stays close with her grandmother and cousins on her mother’s side. They all live in New York and frequently get together for holidays and birthdays.

Zulekha does not have any full siblings. But she does have several famous half-siblings from her father’s previous marriages including director Duncan Jones.

Net Worth 💰

While nowhere near as wealthy as her model mother Iman, Zulekha Haywood still has an estimated net worth of around $5 million.

The majority of Zulekha’s wealth comes from the trust fund set up by her father David Bowie. She also earns a lucrative salary working as a book editor.

Additionally, Zulekha inherited a significant portion of David Bowie’s estimated $100 million fortune after his death.

Between her trust fund, inheritance and career earnings, Zulekha lives a very comfortable life in New York City.

Staying Out of the Spotlight

Unlike her mother Iman who was a paparazzi favorite, Zulekha has intentionally stayed out of the public eye. She maintains a very low-key existence in New York City.

Rather than attend red carpet events, Zulekha prefers quiet nights out to dinner with friends. She also enjoys travel, yoga and spending summers in Europe out of the limelight.

The shy and introverted Zulekha has said she never aspired to be famous like her parents. She is happy living a normal life working in publishing.

Zulekha grant few interviews and is rarely photographed. She maintains an exceptionally low social media presence. Her lifestyle allows Zulekha to move about New York City in complete anonymity.

Facial Surgery Rumors

In 2019, tabloid magazines began running stories claiming Zulekha had secretly undergone extensive plastic surgery procedures to dramatically alter her looks.

These tabloid stories asserted Zulekha was nearly unrecognizable after having work done including a face lift, nose job, lip fillers and more.

However, Zulekha has never addressed these rumors about supposed facial surgery. No evidence exists to confirm or deny whether she actually went under the knife.

A Normal Life Out of the Spotlight

While one of the top supermodels of the 20th century, Iman worked to give her daughter Zulekha Haywood a normal childhood. This allowed Zulekha to grow up and pursue her own path away from the modeling world.

Now in her 40s, Zulekha enjoys a quiet but privileged life in New York City. She has a successful career as an editor, strong family ties, and her anonymity fully in tact. Zulekha remains devoted to protecting her privacy even as interest in her famous parents endures.

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