Model Watch

May 26, 2009

Daily Digest

Model Watch

This month’s model watch pays tribute to a young American model, Chanel Iman who rose to fame when she won third place in Ford Model’s Supermodel of the World 2006.

She ended up signing with the Ford model agency and walked down the runway for the first time in 2006 wearing Custo Barcelona and DKNY.  Since then, the 19 year old has modelled for many top designers, including Dolce & Gabbana, Marc Jacobs and Stella McCartney. In her short career, she has appeared in advertising campaigns for Bottega Veneta, GAP, Victoria’s Secret Pink, and United Colors of Benetton.

Model Chanel Iman speaks out

We just love her look and admire her outspoken nature. She recently shared her discontent on what it means to be an African American model these days:

“It’s not just black girls. Its ethnic girls in general: Brazilian girls, Hispanic. You really don’t see a lot of Asians either. A lot of designers think that if every girl on the runway looks exactly alike, then people will come to the shows and buy the clothes because they won’t be focusing on the models….It’s not even just runway either… us ethnic girls should be getting a lot of the covers too! I would love to be on half of the campaigns these [white] girls are booking, all looking exactly alike. It’s not right. It’s not fair.”

Chanel Iman’s style

Her street style usually consists of jeans or shorts, so it’s great to see her here on the red carpet wearing something glamorous. Seen above at the Met Gala in New York earlier this month, Chanel Iman wore a plunging animal print Zac Posen gown, with a lariat necklace that lends major bling to her outfit.

Perhaps the next Naomi Campbell, Iman has graced the first ever Harper’s Bazaar Dubai magazine cover (pictured). Chanel shared the news via Twitter only a few days ago.  Here’s hoping that she will follow  on someday soon!

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