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Model Millionaires: Chanel Iman



By Calynn M. Lawrence

There is no doubt that you know who she is. Chanel Iman is one of the most praised and applauded inter-racial fashion models of all time! The beautiful Los Angeles native is proud of her inherited culture of both Korean and African American! With such enticing almond eyes, beige skin and dark hair, she moves us all in awe.

How did she start? She began modeling with Ford Models at the age of 12 years old in her hometown of L.A. In 2006, She won the 3rd place title of Ford’s Super Model of The World. Following, she ended up signed on with the agencyIn 2007 she was allowed two covers of Teen Vogue, alongside Karlie Kloss and Ali Michael! In November 2009 she appeared on the cover again, this time with Jourdan Dunn.

Some of Iman’s other cover work is Italian Elle, i-D, Dubai and Ukrainian Harper’s Bazaar, Lula, Korean, Teen, and American Vogue. She has walked the runway for fashion houses and designers such as Balenciaga, Max Mara, Versace, Yves Saint Laurent, and Stella McCartney. She has also done editorials for Allure, Dubai, American, and Ukrainian Harpers Bazaar, V, i-D, Pop, Italian, British, and Indonesian Elle, Italian Vanity Fair, and several international Vogues. Some of her major advertising campaigns were for high-end brands like, Bottega Veneta, GAP, Ralph Lauren, Express and DKNY.

Her work as a Victoria’s Secret Angel speaks for itself! She has sominated their sweet and sassy demeanor several timneshaving strutted her stuff in the 2009, 2010 and 2011 Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show. She was such a crowd favborite that in 2010, Victoria’s Secret crowned her as one of their beloved Victoria’s Secret Angels. As a result, she  was used in several of the company’s editorials, commercials and meet and greets!

In addition to modeling, Chanel Iman has done some television work as well. In 2007, Chanel Iman appeared on the Tyra Banks Show alongside her mother. In 2009, she appeared as a correspondent in MTV’s brief revival of House of Style with Bar Refaeli and she appeared as a guest judge on the season premiere of America’s Next Top Model for their 13th cycle. As far as film, she appeared in 2015’s award winning film , Dope, and played the role of character Lily.

Other than her professional career, Chanel Iman also takes time to give back. In 2011, she became  attached to USAID and Ad Council’s FWD campaign, an awareness initiative tied to that year’s drought in East Africa. She appeared on TV and internet ads to “forward the facts” about the crisis.In May 2011, Iman to co-hosted the Runway to Win fundraising event in Chicago. She also designed a backpack to raise money for President Barack Obama’s 2012 campaign and attended a dinner with President Obama at actress Sarah Jessica Parker’s house.

As you can see, Chanel Iman is not only an amazing fashion model but a great fashion designer, humanitarian, and businesswoman! What a sight for sore eyes.


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