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Chanel Iman

Chanel Iman Robinson (born December 1, 1990)[2] is an American top model, known professionally as Chanel Iman.[4] She is best known for her work as a Victoria's Secret Angel. Vogue Paris declared her as one of the top 30 models of the 2000s.[5]

 

 

Early life

Iman was born in Atlanta, Georgia in 1990. She grew up in Los Angeles, California. Her mother is of half Korean and half African American descent, and her father is African American.[7]

Career

Modeling

 

Iman started modeling with Ford Models at the age of 12 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.[8] 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.[8] She has walked in the 2009, 2010[9] and 2011 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show.[10] In 2010, she became a Victoria's Secret Angel and was used in several of the company's campaigns.[11]

Television

In October 2007, Iman appeared with her mother[13] on an episode of the Tyra Banks Show. On March 21, 2009, she appeared as a correspondent in MTV's brief revival of House of Style with Bar Refaeli.[13][14] On September 9, 2009, Iman appeared as a guest judge on the two-hour season premiere of America's Next Top Model, Cycle 13.

Acting

Iman appeared in the 2015 film Dope which premiered at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival. She played the role of Lily.

Other projects

Ventures

Early in 2010, Iman opened a clothing boutique in Culver City, California called The Red Bag with the help of her mother.[15][16] Iman appeared in Beyoncé's music video for "Yonce". She also appeared in singer Usher's music video for "Dive" and The Weeknd's music video for "Can't Feel My Face". In 2012, she attended the Met Ball with fashion designer Tom Ford.[17]

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.[18] 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.

Activism

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.[19]

In May 2011, editor-in-chief of American Vogue, Anna Wintour, chose Iman to co-host her Runway to Win fundraising event in Chicago.[20] In conjunction with the event, Iman designed a backpack to raise money for President Barack Obama's 2012 campaign.[21] She also attended a dinner with President Obama at actress Sarah Jessica Parker's house.[22]

Personal life

In April 2013, she began dating rapper ASAP Rocky.[23][24] On October 27, 2014, they ended their relationship after nearly 18 months of dating. Rocky said that they ended their relationship because of a "delayed touring schedule". In August 2015, it was confirmed that Iman was dating Lakers basketball player Jordan Clarkson.[25]

Chanel can also play the piano and contributed to "Just Right", a song from Ryan Leslie's self-titled debut album.



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