NEW YORK (AP) _ Iman's picture has been taken thousands of times by the fashion industry's top photographers.

But, she says, the best are those taken by her husband, British rocker David Bowie.

``He captures the real me,'' Iman told The Associated Press. Among her favorites: a nude photo when she was pregnant with their daughter, Alexandria, who is now 15 months old.

Somalian-born Iman, an African diplomat's daughter, was one of the fashion world's top models in the 1970s and '80s.

Iman, 46, and Bowie, 54, have been married since 1992.

``I believe he is my soul mate,'' she said. ``I always knew it, which has made us protective of our relationship.''

Although it may seem that the couple have little in common, there are similarities, she said.

In the forward of her new book, ``I Am Iman'' (Universe Publishing), Bowie shares one of those connections. He writes about his much older half-sister, Annette, who left England for Egypt and never contacted the family again.

Once Bowie was a star, a newspaper reported the story _ and located the sister.

Her new Islamic name? Iman.