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Model Spotlight- Chanel Iman

Model Spotlight- Chanel Iman


Chanel Iman Robinson was born to be on the runway.

Born December 1, 1990, Chanel is best known for her work as a Victoria’s Secret model and is one of the  hottest young models in the fashion circuit right now.  Chanel has made a name for herself in various aspects of the fashion industry which also includes her title as muse for designer Phillip Lim.  Throughout her career, the 21 year old has covered a total of 16 magazine covers and counting. She has been featured in 5 ad campaigns, and is also a Victoria’s Secret Angel.

Chanel Iman started modeling at 13 years old in Los Angeles, California.  At the age of 16, Chanel flew to New York and won third place in Ford’s Supermodel of the World contest which led to her signing on with the agency.


Chanel Iman’s Fashion Timeline

February 2007– Appeared on the cover of Teen Vogue

July 2007- Appeared on the cover of Teen Vogue

October 2007- Appeared on the Tyra Banks Show

March 21, 2009- Correspondent in MTV’s  House of Style with Bar Refaeli

September 9, 2009- Guest Judge on America’s Next Top Model, Cycle 13.

November 2009- Appeared on the cover of Teen Vogue with model Jourdan Dunn.

2009, 2010, 2011– Victoria’s Secret Fashion Shows

2010– Opened a clothing boutique in Culver City, California called The Red Bag with the help of her mother

2011- Became a Victoria’s Secret Angel

Chanel’s other cover shoots include: Italian Ellei-D, Dubai and Ukrainian Harper’s BazaarLula, Korean, Teen, and American Vogue

Runway work-  Balenciaga, Versace, Yves Saint Laurent, and Stella McCartney

Editorial work- Allure, Dubai, American, and Ukrainian Harpers BazaarVi-D,Pop, Italian, British, and Indonesian Elle, Italian Vanity Fair, and several international Vogues

Advertising campaigns- Bottega Veneta, GAP, Ralph Lauren, Express, and DKNY.


Other cool facts: First Black model in 8 years to walk for Gucci (2009)

At 16, Chanel was the youngest model to ever grace the cover of American Vogue.

Third black Vogue model to ever grace the cover of the fashion magazine

In 2011, Chanel became one of a handful of celebrity faces attached to USAID and Ad Council’s FWD campaign, an awareness push to combat the famine, war, and drought in the Horn of Africa. Chanel joined Uma Thurman, Geena Davis, and Josh Hartnett to star in YouTube videos that ask America to “FWD the facts” about the crisis affecting more than 13 million people


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