Chanel Iman: Supermodel Globe Trotter

The fabulous supermodel Chanel Iman is a woman with talents beyond fathomable. She has been an inspiration to many in the world of high fashion.

Above: Chanel Iman puts on her charming smile for the October 2010 cover of Elle Italia. Photographed by Matt Jones. 

Chanel Iman was destined to be a model from the day she was born. From the runways of Milan to the cover of the Times Fall fashion issue this globetrotter has done it all. The twenty year-old, five-foot-ten beauty gets her looks from her half Korean, half African-American mother and African-American father who fully supported her career. She was presented on the cover of Vogue in 2007 as, “one of the world’s next top supermodels”. Chanel Iman has worked hard to add many designers such as Anna Sui, Marc Jacobs, Valentino, Yves Saint Laurent, Ralph Lauren, Christian Dior, and Dolce & Gabbana to her list of employers.

Above: Color, color, color! Chanel looks spectacular in a V Magazine editorial called “Pride and Glory”. Photographed by Jean-Francois Campos for the March 2009 issue.

The supermodel debuted in February of 2006 at the fall fashion shows in New York for the designers Derek Lam, Marc Jacobs, Proenza Schouler, and Anna Sui. By September of that year, Chanel Iman had gained enough confidence to wink on the runway at the spring Valentino show in Paris. Her career skyrocketed and in an whirlwind of runway and advertisements later the supermodel was on her way to the top. Chanel discussed the difficulties that African-American models face in a New York Times feature. The great American photographer Annie Leibovitz, known for her portrait of John Lennon and Yoko Ono, photographed Iman for Bottega Veneta in 2007. In March 2007 she appeared on The Today Show to promote her Vogue cover. Chanel Iman achieved an unbelievable amount of success in her first two years.

Above: Chanel Iman in an advertisement for DKNY’s fragrance Be Delicious. 

In the following years Chanel appeared in numerous ad campaigns, was featured in many editorials, and walked in countless renowned designers fashion shows. The year of 2008 allowed her to add American and Korean Vogue editorials, walking in the Christian Dior, Valentino, and Jean Paul Gaultier couture shows, and appearing on the cover of Teen Vogue to her resume. Later that year Chanel escorted Phillip Lim to the Costume Institute Gala, opened the spring Rock and Republic show, and appeared in a DKNY fall ad campaign with Taylor Fuchs and Alana Zimmer. Chanel Iman is a superwoman in the fashion world for the amount of achievements she has attained.

Above: The gorgeous supermodel Chanel Iman on the cover of Teen Vogue for the November 2009 Issue. Photographed by the world-renowned photographer Patrick Demarchelier. 

In November of 2009 Chanel Iman signed a three-year contract with Victoria’s Secret and walked in their runway show to fully express her range of abilities. She has also appeared as a guest judge on the Cycle 13 premiere of America’s Next Top Model with veteran Victoria’s Secret Angel Tyra Banks. Chanel has without a doubt proved her versatility and prowess of the supermodel world in print and on the runways around the world.

Above: The gorgeous Chanel Iman featured in Vogue with Sophie Theallet for the CFDA/ Vogue Fashion Fund. Photographed by Norman Jean Roy. 

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