• Zulekha Haywood is an African American of Somali descent, born on July 5th, 1978.
• She is a successful businesswoman and entrepreneur, and has held positions at Iman Cosmetics, Jay Manuel Beauty, Taymark Inc., and Portu Sunberg.
• She is the daughter of Zara Mohamed Abdulmajid and Spencer Haywood, and has five siblings from their other relationships.
• She struggled with obesity and underwent gastric bypass surgery in 2008.
• Her net worth is estimated to be around $4 million.
Who is Zulekha Haywood?
Zulekha was born under the zodiac sign of Cancer on the 5th July 1978, in the USA, and is an African American of Somali descent, with American nationality. She has always been in the spotlight because of her parents’ successful careers. However, she decided to take a different path and focus on her education and then business rather than let her fame rest on her parents’ success.
Where Is Zulekha Haywood Today?
Today, just like her mother, she is a successful businesswoman and entrepreneur. She got a start in her mother’s cosmetic company “Iman Cosmetics”, where she worked for three years as an accountant, proving to be an invaluable asset to the company, and so was promoted to accountant manager in 2002. Of course, she didn’t stop there – after a lot of hard work, her well-deserved next promotion happened a few years later, when she became revenue and demand planning manager.
The next company she worked for was Jay Manuel Beauty, but where she stayed only a year, as a brand manager and senior business analyst. Some of her duties included assessing business requirements, presenting the benefits of the product, and identifying opportunities for improvement. Later on, she joined Taymark Inc., in the position of buyer and strategic sourcing analyst. In 2016, she was employed by a company called Portu Sunberg, where she served as an inventory analyst; she needed to stay informed about current trends and check inventory levels, but after just eight months she left the company. Today she is an experienced strategist with over 10 years of professional marketing experience.
Zulekha Haywood Bio: Parents, Siblings, and Education
She is a daughter of famous supermodel Zara Mohamed Abdulmajid, known as Iman, and the famous NBA basketball star and an Olympic gold medal winner Spencer Haywood; they divorced when she was only five months old, and this is the reason her family is large, as there are five siblings from her parents’ other relationships. Spencer Haywood has Nikiah, Shaakira and Isis with Linda Haywood, and her mother married pop super star David Bowie, who passed away in 2016, and they had a daughter called Alexandria Zahra Jones. Duncan Jones is David Bowie’s son whom he had when he was married to Angela.
Zulekha went to Mercy High School, and after matriculating, graduated from Michigan State University. Her parents didn’t get along well – in his autobiography, Spencer Haywood claimed that Iman destroyed his life and turned him into a drug and alcohol addict. Moreover, her daughter Zulekha accused her of referring to her as a ‘whale’ when she struggled with obesity.
Problems with Obesity and Surgery
Zulekha has struggled with obesity all her life; since she was a small child, she was tempted by food, and even in her childhood she was on a diet called “Basta diet” – whenever she would eat too much, her mother would yell “Basta!”, meaning ‘stop’ in Italian to stop her from overeating. When she was interviewed by Glamour magazine, Zulekha said, ’At 330 pounds, I had developed heel spurs and swollen knees that made it excruciatingly painful to … get out of bed…. I’d put my feet on the ground… allowing the blood to return to my feet and legs; after a minute I could stand, and after another minute, walk.’ On her 28th birthday at that weight and after numerous health issues, she contacted the surgeon who specialized in bariatric surgery, and underwent a gastric bypass in 2008. She has felt much better and a lot more confident since the surgery.
Zulekha Haywood Personal Life, Marriage, Husband, Children
She is currently not married and she is not seeing anyone. She gave birth to a girl Lavinia in July 2017; her father posted a picture of them, but there isn’t much information about him or herlove life, however, she dated a guy named Eric, with whom she remains friends.
She doesn’t have an Instagram profile, unlike her mother who is an Instagram celebrity with over 500,000 followers. The only account she has is her Twitter account, even though she is not active on it. Zulekha likes to keep a low profile and focus mostly on her business, but has a profile on LinkedIn on which she talks about her professional accomplishments in greater detail.
According to authoritative sources, her net worth is around $4 million. Even though this doesn’t sound too promising if we compare it to her parents’ wealth, it is still the fortune she has made with her own fair hands.