Chanel Iman

August 23, 2010

I spent some of my weekend looking through several designer runway collections, where I recognized lots of the same models over and over again. It had me thinking about who my personal favorite model is, and without a doubt, it is Chanel Iman.

I first discovered 20-year-old Chanel over a year ago through street style photos. I loved the her edgy and sometimes grungy looks, which I suppose is what I try to emulate in the development of my own style (it’s subconsciously, I promise!).

One other thing that I love about Chanel is her beauty! While on my past hunts for photos and information of her, I’ve repeatedly heard how much people adore her great looks. She’s Black and Korean, which is a mix that I’ve favored for many, many years. I’m not “into myself”, but I’m Black (Jamaican & American!), Indian, and Chinese. I think it’s awesome that someone so similar in background to me is such a great model. It has me kinda hopeful, but then I remember that I’m 5’6″ and two inches too short to even THINK about modeling.

While Chanel does model runway, she’s also a print model. You may recognize her as one of the newer Victoria’s Secret Angels, and might have spotted her in windows at Express.


Chanel for Victoria’s Secret & for Express, respectively.

My absolute favorite job that she’s had is the “Minni in Wunderland” editorial in Vogue Germany. While it does show off some really cute Minnie Mouse-inspired pieces, it shows off that she is a really genuine young woman.


“Minni in Wunderland” editorial shot by Mark Seliger.

And some resort/runway shows:


Anna Sui Resort 2011, Michael Kors Resort 2011


Christian Dior F/W 2010, Blumarine F/W 2010

And here are a couple that I used to style my hair for for prom, hahaha. I actually combined them into a drawing that impressed my hair dresser (who wasn’t my usual, but didn’t matter since she assigned me an equally amazing substitute!).


Chanel for L.A.M.B., 2008 CFDA Fashion Awards.

And lastly, here is a a video with some inspirational words from Iman, herself!



{ 10 comments… read them below or add one }

Anonymous August 23, 2010 at 4:55 am

she's not black and chinese, she's black and korean.

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Melanie Alexandra August 23, 2010 at 6:10 am

Yeah, I know. I caught it and changed it right after I posted it. Geez, you were fast, lol.

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jujmo August 23, 2010 at 6:36 am

she's up there in my favorite model category

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alisa-maria August 23, 2010 at 10:38 am

i've always had this love for her. -i get excited when i see her pictures because they're always so lovely-

http://mystyleyearbook.blogspot.com

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Jen August 23, 2010 at 5:13 pm

She does have a unique beauty. I like her look! I think you pulled off that hairstyle perfectly! Just lovely <3

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Under the Fluorescents August 23, 2010 at 5:13 pm

Chanel Iman is one of my favorite models! She is absolutely stunning!

http://underthefluorescents.blogspot.com/

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Casee Marie August 24, 2010 at 2:16 am

It's so funny that you posted this because literally just today I was thinking that I really really adore her. Obviously she's beautiful, but I love how spirited she is too. She has such a darling smile. I love models with personality.

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Melanie Alexandra August 24, 2010 at 10:36 pm

Haha, it looks like everyone loves her. She's really talented, and like Casee said, she has personality! :)

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Josephine August 25, 2010 at 4:39 am

I loved the girl since I saw her in Teen Vogue. She is probably one of my favorite models out there!

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Melanie Alexandra August 26, 2010 at 7:18 am

The issue where she's wearing the Miu Miu dress? Or before that? I saw that editorial and I fell in love with all the styling. She makes everything look great.

Reminds me, Forever 21 had a knock-off dress that I wish I bought :\

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