Chanel Iman is one of the most successful African-American models out there. Raised in Los Angeles, Chanel started modelling at the age of 13. Her face has graced countless fashion magazines and designer runways, she was a Victoria’s Secret Angel, and is a regular on the pages of Sports Illustrated (i.e. she’s hot). Chanel has featured in music videos for Beyoncé and Usher, and she now stars in the recently released film, DOPE. Oh, and she finds time to fit in charity work in-between. Basically, Chanel Iman is MAJOR. Strong and beautiful, she was the perfect cast for our summer fashion story.
What is your go-to everyday outfit?
All black! Black jeans, black knee-high leather boots, a black leather jacket with a simple layering top and a Chanel bag.
Who are your favourite fashion designers?
It’s so hard to say because I work with so many that I really love, but right now I am extra into Tom Ford, Raf Simons, Rick Owens and Alexander Wang.
Do you have any advice to girls who want to get into modeling?
I think it is really important to stay connected to your family and friends, your support system. Keep the ones you love close to you, and focus on your long-term goals and on what you are working to achieve.
What has been the highlight of your career so far?
I have been so fortunate to get to work with so many amazing artists and collaborators in this industry, but in the end I appreciate the creative choices that have allowed me to make it on my own. I would have never gotten to the place I am in my career without their support.
What was the best advice ever given to you?
My mom gives me great advice all the time, so it is hard to pick just one thing, but I do love that she has always told me: there is something out there for everyone. What might be seen as a missed opportunity is actually making room for something better. Keep your head up and stay strong.
How do you relax?
I love a good day at the spa! I also love to cook a nice meal with my best girlfriends and stay in watching movies.
Where is home for you and why?
I am in love with New York and it has been my home for quite a while, but Los Angeles will always feel like home to me because that is where I’m from and where my family lives.
Acting or modelling: what are your favourite things about each job?
With modelling, I love working with great photographers and being part of a team that makes these images come to life. When it comes to acting, I really enjoy taking on characters who are the complete opposite of me.
Follow Chanel on: