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Chanel Iman

Chanel Iman
Chanel Iman at the 2009 Victoria's Secret fashion show at The Armory in New York City
Born Chanel Iman Robinson
(1990-12-01) December 1, 1990 [1]
United States
Modeling information
Height 1.78 metres (5 ft 10 in)[2]
Hair color Black
Eye color Brown
Measurements 32-23-33 (US); 81-58-84 (EU)[2]
Dress size 32 (EU), 2 (US)[2]
Manager IMG Models
VIVA Model Management

Chanel Iman Robinson (born December 1, 1990[1]) is an American model, known professionally as Chanel Iman.[3] She is best known for her work as a Victoria's Secret model.

Early life

Iman was born in Los Angeles, California. Her mother is half Korean and half African American, and her father is African American.[4]



Iman started modeling with Ford Models at the age of 13 as a child model in Los Angeles, California. She flew to New York in 2006 and won third place in Ford's Supermodel of the World contest.[5] Shortly after, she signed on with the agency. In February and July 2007, Iman appeared on the cover of Teen Vogue, with Karlie Kloss and Ali Michael, photographed by Patrick Demarchelier, then in November 2009 she appeared on the cover again, this time with Jourdan Dunn. Iman's other covers include 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 including Balenciaga, Max Mara, Versace, Yves Saint Laurent, and Stella McCartney. She has appeared in 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. She has appeared in advertising campaigns for high-end brands like, Bottega Veneta, GAP, Ralph Lauren, Express and DKNY.[5] She has walked in the 2009, 2010[6] and 2011 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show.[7] In 2010, she became a Victoria's Secret Angel and was used in several of the company's campaigns.[8]


In October 2007, Iman appeared with her mother[9] on an episode of the Tyra Banks Show.[10] On March 21, 2009, she appeared as a correspondent in MTV's brief revival of House of Style with Bar Refaeli.[9][11] On September 9, 2009, Iman appeared as a guest judge on the two-hour season premiere of America's Next Top Model, Cycle 13.

Personal life

Chanel Iman in the Christian Dior Haute Couture fashion show in July 2009

Early in 2010, Iman opened a clothing boutique in Culver City, California called The Red Bag with the help of her mother.[12][13] Iman appeared in singer Usher's music video for "Dive". She also appeared in Beyoncé's music video for "Yonce". In 2012, she attended the Met Ball with fashion designer Tom Ford.[14]

Other projects


Intel released a Kinect video game on XBOX Live Arcade starring Chanel Iman, Chris Evans and Redfoo of LMFAO. Iman signed a contract with Utah-based electronics company Skullcandy.[15] For 2012, Iman was Sunglass Hut's summer ambassador along with Jourdan Dunn and Joan Smalls. Iman was a model for Amazon Fashion's 2012 holiday campaign.


In 2011, Iman became one of a handful of celebrities attached to USAID and Ad Council's FWD campaign, an awareness initiative tied to that year's drought in East Africa. She joined Uma Thurman, Geena Davis and Josh Hartnett in TV and internet ads to "forward the facts" about the crisis.[16]

In May 2011, editor-in-chief of American Vogue, Anna Wintour, chose Iman to co-host her Runway to Win fundraising event in Chicago.[17] In conjunction with the event, Iman designed a backpack to raise money for President Barack Obama's 2012 campaign.[18] She also attended a dinner with President Obama at actress Sarah Jessica Parker's house.[19]


  1. ^ a b "WHO IS CHANEL IMAN?". Retrieved June 12, 2011. 
  2. ^ a b c "Chanel Iman". Retrieved April 23, 2007. 
  3. ^ Wilson, Eric (October 12, 2006). "A Model From Day 1".  
  4. ^ "Hit Girls". Archived from the original on April 20, 2007. Retrieved August 2, 2007. 
  5. ^ a b "Chanel Iman".  
  6. ^ "Victorias Secret Supermodels Attend The 2010 Victorias Secret Fashion... | Getty Images Nederland | 106652423". November 9, 2010. Retrieved November 15, 2011. 
  7. ^ Paxman, Lauren (November 10, 2011). "All my friends bring over food and we party it up: How Chanel Iman PUT ON 15lbs for Victoria's Secret show". London:  
  8. ^ "Victoria's Secret Angels' Holiday 2011 Gift Picks". December 7, 2011. Retrieved June 12, 2012. 
  9. ^ a b "House of Style: Chanel Iman Bio". MTV. Archived from the original on March 28, 2009. Retrieved February 16, 2012. 
  10. ^ "Chanel Iman". New York: NY Magazine. 2012. Retrieved February 16, 2012. 
  11. ^ Samson, E. J. (March 19, 2009). "Chanel Iman Makes Herself at Home in the New House of Style". Teen Vogue Magazine. Retrieved February 16, 2012. 
  12. ^ Mulling, Kate (May 21, 2010). "Chanel Iman Opens The Red Bag Boutique". Retrieved June 26, 2010. 
  13. ^ Locht, Susan (July 1, 2010). "Chanel". The Block Magazine. Retrieved July 28, 2010. 
  14. ^ Wilson, Eric (May 7, 2012). "Fashion Gala at Metropolitan Museum Compares Schiaparelli and Prada". The New York Times. 
  15. ^ [1]
  16. ^ "Dr. Jill Biden Joins USAID and Ad Council to Debut FWD Campaign for the Crisis in the Horn of Africa". PR Newswire. October 26, 2011.
  17. ^ "Chanel Iman Replaced Iman at Anna Wintour’s Runway to Win Event Last Night"
  18. ^ "Chanel Iman. Hang onto Hope.". 2012. Retrieved January 24, 2013. 
  19. ^ Gye, Hugo; Boyle, Louise (June 15, 2012). "Barack Obama New York President jets evening star studded-fundraisers".  

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