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Chanel Iman
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Iman at the 2009 Victoria's Secret fashion show
Born
Chanel Iman Robinson

(1990-12-01) December 1, 1990 (age 28)[1]
Atlanta, Georgia, U.S.
Occupation
  • Model
  • Actress
Years active2002–present
Spouse(s)
Sterling Shepard (m. 2018)
Children1
Modeling information
Height1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)[2]
Hair colorBlack
Eye colorBrown
Agency
  • IMG Models (New York, Paris, London, Los Angeles, Sydney)
  • d'management group (Milan)
  • UNIQUE DENMARK (Copenhagen)
  • Visage Management (Zurich)[3]

Chanel Iman Robinson Shepard (born December 1, 1990)[1] is an American supermodel, 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]

Contents

  • 1 Early life
  • 2 Career
    • 2.1 Modeling
    • 2.2 Television
    • 2.3 Acting
  • 3 Other projects
    • 3.1 Ventures
    • 3.2 Activism
  • 4 Personal life
  • 5 References
  • 6 External links

Early life[edit]

Iman was born in Atlanta, Georgia in 1990. She grew up in Los Angeles, California. Her mother is half African American and half Korean and her father is African American.[6]

Career[edit]

Modeling[edit]

Chanel Iman in the Christian Dior Haute Couture fashion show in July 2009

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.[7] 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.[7]

She has walked in the 2009, 2010[8] and 2011 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show.[9] In 2010, she became a Victoria's Secret Angel and was used in several of the company's campaigns.[10]

Television[edit]

In October 2007, Iman appeared with her mother[11] on an episode of the Tyra Banks Show.[12] On March 21, 2009, she appeared as a correspondent in MTV's brief revival of House of Style with Bar Refaeli.[11][13] 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.

Acting[edit]

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.

Other projects[edit]

Ventures[edit]

Early in 2010, Iman opened a clothing boutique in Culver City, California called The Red Bag with the help of her mother.[14][15] 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.[16]

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.[17] 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[edit]

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.[18] 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.[19] In conjunction with the event, Iman designed a backpack to raise money for President Barack Obama's 2012 campaign.[20] She also attended a dinner with President Obama at actress Sarah Jessica Parker's house.[21]

Personal life[edit]

In April 2013, she began dating rapper ASAP Rocky.[22][23] 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.[24]

On December 2, 2017, Iman announced her engagement to New York Giants Wide Receiver Sterling Shepard.[25] The couple married on March 3, 2018 at the Beverly Hills Hotel.[26] On August 10, 2018, Iman gave birth to the couple's daughter, Cali Clay Shepard.[27]

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.