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21 July 2012

Chanel Iman: Bio and Career Highlights

Chanel Iman Robinson is a very popular American model known as simply Chanel Iman. She first got her start in the modeling world as a young teen at the age of 13 in 2004. Her big break came when she was 15 years old in 2006 and placed 3rd in the Ford Supermodel of the World Contest and soon thereafter signed an extended agency contract with Ford Models, the world-renowned modeling agency who already was representing her. The relationship with this prestigious agency lasted until 2010 when she switched to Supreme Management.

What intrigues me the most about Chanel Iman is her 1/4 Korean ancestry (her mother is 1/2 Korean and 1/2 African American and her father is African American). In many of her features, her asian ancestry is apparant and gives her a very attractive look. She landed the cover of Vogue Korea in 2008 which she and her mother proudly celebrated as her first solo Vogue cover.

She was born on December 1, 1990. Many online sources incorrectly report her birthday as being either November 30, 1989 or November 30, 1990 but according to her official website (chaneliman.com), her date of birth is actually December 1, 1990. She was born in Atlanta, Georgia and raised in Los Angeles, California. More specifically she grew up in Culver City, California which is a small suburbia town in western Los Angeles County in very close proximity to the city of Los Angeles. Culver City holds a special place in Chanel Iman's heart and is the location of the fabulous clothing boutique called The Red Bag Boutique which she opened in 2010 in co-ownership with her mother.

Many of Chanel Iman's fans remember her from her appearances in Teen Vogue. February 2007 and July 2007 she appeared on the cover of Teen Vogue along with Karlie Kloss and Ali Michael. She appeared again on the cover of Teen Vogue for the November 2009 issue along with Jourdan Dunn. What a fabulous cover and memorable editorial.

I can go on and on about the fashion runway shows that Chanel Iman has walked in, opened and closed as well as the plethora of magazine covers that Chanel Iman has been featured on ... but this is only a short bio. Her modeling portfolio is quite extensive and impressive. She has landed advertising campaigns for Rosa Cha, Bottega Veneta, The Gap, DKNY, Ralph Lauren, Express, DSquared2, Diane von Furstenberg and Victoria's Secret. It was first rumored that Chanel Iman became a contracted angel in 2009 when she first began to work with Victoria's Secret. She did sign a 3 year commitment with Victoria's Secret at this time but did not become a contracted angel until 2010.

Speaking of Victoria's Secret, Chanel Iman has walked in the last 3 shows (2009, 2010, and 2011). Here is more of a break down of her VS fashion show appearances:

VSFS 2009:
All Aboard, 2nd Segment
PINK Planet, 3rd Segment

VSFS 2010:
Game On, 2nd Segment
Heavenly Bodies, 4th Segment (Opens Segment!)
PINK, 6th Segment (Closes Segment and Show!!)

VSFS 2011:
Ballet, 1st Segment
PINK, 6th Segment

Chanel Iman not only works the runway with a fierceness that reminds me of Naomi
Campbell and Tyra Banks but she also works the camera just like a true supermodel! Here are my favorite Victoria's Secret lingerie photos of Chanel Iman taken in 2011:

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