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Chanel Iman

Chanel Iman enters the tents during
Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week 2007
held in Bryant Park, New York,
September 9, 2007
Birth name Chanel Iman
Date of birth December 1, 1989 (1989-12-01) (age 20)
Place of birth Atlanta, United States
Height 1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)[1]
Hair color Dark Brown
Eye color Brown
Measurements 32-23-33 (US); 81-58-84 (EU)[1]
Weight 50 kg (110 lb)
Dress size 32 (EU), 2 (US)[1]
Shoe size 7 (US)[1]
Agency Beatrice International Models

Chanel Iman Robinson[2] (born December 1, 1989), better known as Chanel Iman, is an American fashion model.[3]


Early life

Iman was born in Atlanta, Georgia. She grew up in Los Angeles, California, and attended Fairfax High School in Los Angeles. Her mother is Korean and african-american

, and her father is African-American.[4][5]


Iman took part and won third place in Ford Model's Supermodel of the World 2006, and ended up signing with the agency[6]. Iman walked down the runway for the first time in the Fall/Winter 2006 season[2] for high-end brands like DKNY; since then she has modelled for many top designers, including Dolce & Gabbana, Issey Miyake, Marc Jacobs, Valentino, Dsquared, Hermès, Michael Kors, Oscar de la Renta, Ralph Lauren, Anna Sui, Diane von Fürstenberg, Vera Wang, Jean Paul Gaultier and Stella McCartney. She has appeared in advertising campaigns for Bottega Veneta, GAP, Victoria's Secret Pink, Ralph Lauren, Express, Lord Taylor, HM, DKNY, and United Colors of Benetton. She has appeared in editorials for American, Spanish, Italian, German, Korean, and Teen Vogue, Allure, V Magazine and Harper's Bazar.

She appeared with models Du Juan and Coco Rocha in the Spring 2007 issue of TIME Style&Design. In the May 2007 issue of US Vogue she was featured on the cover with fellow models Doutzen Kroes, Caroline Trentini, Raquel Zimmermann, Sasha Pivovarova, Agyness Deyn, Coco Rocha, Jessica Stam, Hilary Rhoda, and Lily Donaldson as the new crop of supermodels.[7] Chanel also appeared on the cover of Teen Vogue alongside fellow American teenage models Ali Michael and Karlie Kloss in 2008.[8] In the Teen Vogue February 2009 issue, Chanel announced her wishes to design, "I want to do different things in my life, not just modeling. I would love to design for a big fashion house, like Pharrell did for Louis Vuitton. Stop giving all the opportunities to celebrities! I'm in the fashion industry, I have some great ideas, and I'd like to share them."[9] Chanel also has worked a bit in the music scene. "I've been spending time in recording studios, helping rappers with their lines."[9]

In October 2007, Chanel appeared with her mother on an episode of the Tyra Banks Show.

In January 2009, Chanel appeared on the cover of New York Post's Page Six Magazine[10]

On March 21, 2009, she appeared as a correspondent in MTV's brief revival of House of Style with Bar Refaeli.[11][12]

On September 9, 2009, Chanel appeared as a guest judge on the two-hour season premiere of America's Next Top Model, Cycle 13.

At Milan Fashion Week Spring 2010 (held in September 2009) Chanel was in high demand and booked 9 shows, including big names like Gucci, Versace, and Dolce & Gabbana,[13] Her frequent appearance on the catwalks was part of what some called a resurgence of black models featured in Italian shows.[14]

She walked the 2009 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show in New York City. Iman has a small tattoo on the back of her neck which says "Chanel Iman" under a hanger.

In February 2010, Iman landed the cover of Modelinia's first ever issue, making headlines. When Teen Vogue asked about her missing on the catwalks of New York Fashion Week, she stated, "You'll see me this afternoon at DVF! You'll also see me at Thakoon and Ralph Lauren. You'll see me in not as many shows this season. I'm good with doing just one show, if the people are amazing to work with. For me now, it's all about my relationships with designers."

Public Image

Chanel has appeared on the cover of Teen Vogue twice; first in February 2007 with fellow models, Karlie Kloss and Ali Michael, and again in November 2009, sharing the cover with Jourdan Dunn. In the November 2009 issue's accompanying article, Chanel expresses her desire to explore more facets of the fashion industry and discusses the lack of diversity in the field.[15]


  1. ^ a b c d [1]
  2. ^ a b Wilson, Eric (2006-10-12). "A Model From Day 1". New York Times Styles: p. 4. Retrieved 2007-12-29. 
  3. ^ "Chanel Iman". Retrieved 2007-04-23. 
  4. ^ "US Vogue, May 2007". Retrieved 2007-08-02. 
  5. ^ Chanel Iman: The Ingenue Retrieved on 2009-02-20.
  6. ^
  7. ^ Hit Girls - American Vogue, May 2007
  8. ^ Video of Teen Vogue cover shoot
  9. ^ a b Keltner, Jane (February 2009), "Models Inc.", Teen Vogue: 38–41, 
  10. ^ "Chanel Iman: New York's Next Top Model". Page Six Magazine. Retrieved 2009-01-25. 
  11. ^ "Chanel Iman Makes Herself at Home in the New House of Style". Teen Vogue Magazine. Retrieved 2009-03-22. 
  12. ^ "House of Style: Chanel Iman Bio". MTV. Retrieved 2009-03-22. 
  13. ^ "Chanel Iman Rocks Milan"
  14. ^ "Milan Fashion Week Runways Feature More 'Color' This Year"
  15. ^ Keltner, Jane. "Double Whammy". Retrieved 2009-10-11. 

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