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I Am African

2005

Each and every one of us contains DNA that can be traced back to our African ancestors. These amazing people traveled far and wide. Now they need our help.

Most Africans cannot afford the lifesaving antiretroviral drugs (ARVs) that have transformed AIDS in the West to a treatable and manageable disease. ARVs are miracle drugs. We take them for granted here in the West but to an African family they are tragically out of reach because of cost and even by some governments.

Iman, as a past Global Ambassador for Keep a Child Alive spearheaded this timely and thought provoking campaign, I AM AFRICAN. It was designed to spark a global conversation, turn heads and create a new level of engagement about the AIDS crisis by connecting each of us to our Motherland. The campaign speaks to the African ancestry we all share.

As we live our lives in the West, perhaps we forget our origins. It is well know that each of us originated in Africa from our African ancestors. Indeed it was these incredible people who traveled far and wide and whose genes are in all of us.

Indeed, if we let Africa die then we are letting the origins of our species perish.

Iman appealed to various celebrities to show their African roots in the I AM AFRICAN campaign to appear in a modern take of African tribal make up, photographed beautifully by top photographer Michael Thompson with Art Direction by Trey Laird.

Alicia Keys, David Bowie, Elijah Wood, Sarah Jessica Parker, Gwyneth Paltrow, Liv Tyler, Sting, Elizabeth Hurley, Richard Gere, Gisele Bundchen, Lucy Liu, Heidi Klum & Seal, Tyson Beckford, Lenny Kravitz, Mischa Barton, Alan Cumming and Iman were photographed acknowledging their African heritage.