Chanel Iman is an American model, known professionally as Chanel Iman. 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. She has appeared in their fashion shows in 2009, 2010 and 2011. Though, in 2010 only, she became VS Angel and got her wings.
Born Name Chanel Iman Robinson
Nick Name Chanel
Occupation Model Actress
Years active 2002–present
Born: December 1, 1990, 28 years and 2 months, Atlanta, Georgia, United States
Sun Sign Sagittarius
Hair Color Black
Eye Color Dark Brown
Height 5 ft 10 in or 178 cm
Measurements 32-23-33 in or 81-58-84 cm
Bra Size 32A
Iman attended Fairfax High School in Los Angeles, USA.
Father – George “Tic” Price
Mother – China Robinson
She is of Afro-American descent on her dad’s side while she is of half Korean and half African American descent on her mom’s side.
Iman was born in Atlanta, Georgia in 1990. She grew up in Los Angeles, California. Her mother is Korean and African American and her father is African American.
Black Victoria’s Secret Angel. She has many times been turned away by fashion designers as she is black. She told The Times that she got this response from many fashion designers –
“WE ALREADY FOUND ONE BLACK GIRL. WE DON’T NEED YOU ANY MORE.”
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. Shortly after, she signed on with the agency. 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. 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 American, British, and Italian Elle, American and French L’Officiel, i-D, Dubai and Ukrainian Harper’s Bazaar, Lula, Korean, Teen, and American Vogue.
She has walked the runways for Burberry, Tom Ford, Gucci, Balenciaga, Max Mara, Versace, Yves Saint Laurent, Oscar de la Renta, Stella McCartney, DKNY, Moschino, Tommy Hilfiger, Jason Wu, Dior, Michael Kors, Hugo Boss, Ralph Lauren, Dolce & Gabbana, Kenzo, Hermés, Louis Vuitton, Alexander McQueen, Roberto Cavalli, Marc Jacobs, DSquared2, John Galliano, and Bottega Veneta.
She has appeared in advertising campaigns for Jean Paul Gaultier, Dolce & Gabbana, Ralph Lauren, DKNY, Bottega Veneta, DSquared2, Dennis Basso, Swarovski, XOXO, Benetton, J. Crew, Barneys New York, Saks Fifth Avenue, Lord & Taylor, GAP, Express, Mizani, and Victoria’s Secret.
She has walked in the 2009, 2010 and 2011 Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show. In 2010, she became a Victoria’s Secret Angel and was used in several of the company’s campaigns.
In October 2007, Iman appeared with her mother 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. On September 9, 2009, Iman appeared as a guest judge on the two-hour season premiere of America’s Next Top Model, Cycle 13 and also appeared on an episode of America’s Next Top Model, Cycle 23 posing with the contestants of that cycle.
Iman appeared in the 2015 film Dope which premiered at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival. In 2017, Iman appeared in the Crackle original movie, Mad Families.
Early in 2010, Iman opened a clothing boutique in Culver City, California called The Red Bag with the help of her mother. 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.
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. 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 traveled to East Africa on a work trip where she 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. As an advocate for education, Chanel is currently working on setting up primary schools in impoverished rural areas in Tanzania and Uganda. Her immense passion for charity work led her to sponsor several young girls in Kenya as well, in which she contributes funds for their daily necessities and academic tuition.
In May 2011, editor-in-chief of American Vogue, Anna Wintour, chose Iman to co-host her Runway to Win fundraising event in Chicago. In conjunction with the event, Iman designed a backpack to raise money for President Barack Obama’s 2012 campaign. She also attended a dinner with President Obama at actress Sarah Jessica Parker’s house.
In April 2013, she began dating rapper ASAP Rocky. On October 27, 2014, they ended their relationship after nearly eighteen months of dating. The Daily Mail 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, although ended the relationship shortly after due to cheating rumors.
On December 2, 2017, Iman announced her engagement to New York Giants Wide Receiver Sterling Shepard. The couple married on March 3, 2018 at the Beverly Hills Hotel. In May 2018, she confirmed that she is pregnant with the couple’s first child.
Iman can also play the piano and contributed to “Just Right”, a song from Ryan Leslie’s self-titled debut album. She is an avid reader and enjoys works by Khaled Housseini and Dan Brown. Iman states that if she wasn’t a supermodel, she would have applied to the Culinary Institute of America as she has a passion for food, cooking, and loves being creative with recipes.
She can be contacted through these modeling agencies –
Unique Models – Denmark
Group Model Management – Barcelona
Visage Management – Zurich
IMG Models – New York
IMG Models – Paris
IMG Models – London
IMG Models – Sydney
Iman walked the ramp for various designers and brands Amazon Smart is Beautiful, Barney’s New York, Blanco, Bottega Veneta, DKNY, Dolce & Gabbana, Dsquared2, Express, GAP, H&M, JCrew, Jean Paul Gaultier, Lord & Taylor, Ralph Lauren, Rosa ChÃ¡, Saks Fifth Avenue, Skull Candy headphones, Target, United Colors of Benetton, Victoria’s Secret.
First Music Video Appearance
Iman has appeared in the music video for the song “Dive” by Usher.
There is no movie record of her. But, as a model, she has been flashed in a TV movie, titled The Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show in the years 2009, 2010 and 2011.
First TV Show
Of course, she debuted on TV with the fashion show, Ready to wear – Autumn/ Winter 2006 in which she walked for brands like 3.1 Phillip Lim, Adam + Eve, Charles Nolan, Custo Barcelona, DKNY, Gen Art, Nicole Miller, Tory Burch.
Other than fashion shows, she has appeared in Tyra Banks Show as a guest judge on America’s Next Top Model, Cycle 13, House of Style and others.
Chanel Iman has a very lean body. The model says it is the result of cleansing, cookie diet, which keeps her thin. She works full-time with a personal trainer Jana Mitrova-Castillo to remain in good shape. One of the ways, she works out is dancing. In her own words –
“I ALWAYS FEEL THAT WORKING OUT IS SOMETHING THAT BUILDS MUSCLE AND IS JUST GOOD FOR YOU AND ALSO MAKES YOU FEEL WONDERFUL INSIDE.”
Like many others, she also likes sweets, sugary foods, cookies, ice-creams, etc. She can eat them any time of the day, she says, whether it is breakfast time or dinner, or lunch. It doesn’t matter.
Sometimes, she has been asked to gain weight for the fashion show. She did that by indulging in potatoes, protein shakes, weight-lifting, steaks, etc.
Chanel Iman Favorite Things
Food – Chocolate, bread
Place – HOME, Bahamas
Hairstyle – Loose, Soft Hair
Chanel Iman Facts
Iman was born in Atlanta and raised in Los Angeles, California.
Chanel Iman Robinson started modeling when she was 13 with Ford Models.
In 2006, she won Ford’s “Supermodel of the World” competition in New York.
Her mother runs a boutique in Culver City, California with the name “The Red Bag Boutique”, which they opened in 2010.
She has been featured in Kinect video game on XBOX Live Arcade. Other than her, Chris Evans and Redfoo of LMFAO were also represented in the same game released by Intel.
She also had her contract with Utah based electronics company, Skullcandy.
Iman also had been connected with USAID and Ad Council’s FWD campaign.
She went to Met Gala 2012 with fashion designer Tom Ford.
Robinson has numerous magazine cover and editorial appearances like on Allure, Vogue, Elle, Flare, Harper’s Bazaar, Wish, Pop, Teen Vogue, i-D, etc.
Regarding an advice on wearing high heels by Chanel Iman – “Walk by keeping one foot in front of the other.”