Iman Talks About David Bowie's Death for the First Time at Fashion Week

Iman said she's "holding up" after losing her husband and mother within just months of each other

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Iman has remained largely out of the public eye since the death of husband David Bowie, but on Wednesday the supermodel made an appearance at New York Fashion Week with a sweet reminder of the love of her life.

Iman told fashion stylist and journalist Joe Zee for Good Morning America at the Tom Ford show that she’s adjusting to life after losing her husband and her mother in a span of just three months.

“It’s just been a tough year, but I’m holding up,” she said.

The 61-year-old model and entrepreneur also revealed she was wearing a gold necklace in memory of Bowie.

“I’m wearing this until my death. [Fashion designer] Hedi Slimane made it for me,” she revealed. “It just says ‘David.’ ”

“You’re a survivor,” Zee told Iman.

“Not as much as you think,” she replied.

The star-studded Tom Ford fashion show marks Iman’s first night out since the music icon died of cancer at age 69 in January.

She documented getting ready for her “first night out since last year” on Instagram with a selfie featuring her own line of cosmetics. Iman also snapped a photo with fellow supermodel Cindy Crawford.

“Made it my first night out!” she captioned an Instagram photo showing off her blue velvet suit when the night was over. “Thanks @tomford for a very glam but intimate presentation.”

Bowie and Iman met in October of 1990, and “they were inseparable” ever since, the couple’s friend, hairstylist Teddy Antolin, told PEOPLE in January.

“They really knew each other because they had come up and traveled in the same circles. They were great together,” Antolin added at the time. “She was a real force and he needed a woman by his side to keep him focused.”

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The model and the rocker married in Tuscany after two years together. In 2000, they welcomed their daughter, Alexandria “Lexi” Zahra Jones.

His widow and Lexi have remained largely out of the public eye since his death. In February, Iman was photographed for the first time since the the news of the music icon’s death broke when she stepped out in New York City to walk the dog they raised together; then, just days later, she took to social media to express her “love & gratitude” for the outpouring of support she received.

In April, just three months after losing her husband, Iman announced on Instagram her mother, Maryan Baadi, had also died.

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