Christie Brinkley recalls helping Iman and David Bowie to conceive

David Bowie and Iman never failed to share how smitten they are with their daughter Alexandria, now 15, whose arrival the singer memorably said saw him "stumble into bliss," but conceiving their only child together was a struggle for the couple. Following David's tragic death, Christie Brinkley is reminiscing on how she played a part in her friends getting pregnant, along with a little Somali superstition from Iman's home country.

Iman always told the story in such a charming way... "It took two blonds to get me pregnant, David Bowie and Christie Brinkley!" "You see..." Iman explained to me, "in Somalia they say if you are having trouble getting pregnant you must hold a baby all day," so I handed her my baby, Sailor, and she held her all day long ... and sure enough, it worked! After 7 years trying without luck ... Iman got pregnant! So beyond her great beauty and business savvy, and beyond Bowie's music and art, I always felt a sweet connection to this stunningly gorgeous and creative couple. Today my heart aches for Iman, and Alexandria for their untimely and unbearable loss. My deepest sympathy @the_real_iman (beautiful photo maybe from cover shoot for #hellomagazine @hellomagus )

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Sharing a picture of the couple, the American model wrote on Instagram, "Iman always told the story in such a charming way... 'It took two blonds to get me pregnant, David Bowie and Christie Brinkley!'"

"You see..." Iman explained to me, "In Somalia they say if you are having trouble getting pregnant you must hold a baby all day" so I handed her my baby, Sailor, and she held her all day long ...and sure enough, it worked! After 7 years trying without luck... Iman got pregnant!

"So beyond her great beauty and business savvy, and beyond Bowie's music and art, I always felt a sweet connection to this stunningly gorgeous and creative couple. Today my heart aches for Iman and Alexandria for their untimely and unbearable loss. My deepest sympathy @the_real_iman."

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In August 2000, David and Iman introduced their little girl, known as Lexi, to the world through the pages of Hello! for what he said would be her first and last interview.

She was a longed for second child for both. He was father to Duncan, the son of his first marriage, while the African beauty has a daughter named Zulekha from a previous relationship.

The arrival of Lexi, Iman told Hello!, was "the happiest of times in my life."

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