Among newer supermodels Gigi Hadid, Jourdan Dunn and Joan Smalls there is Chanel Iman, the girl of the 2000s. With a name like Chanel Iman, it’s hard not to become someone in the world of fashion. So we can say she was destined! Well, this past weekend she wed New York Giant's Sterling Shepard in a star-studded wedding at the Beverly Hills Hotel in Los Angeles, California.
Chanel Iman wore a Zuhair Murad gown adorned with floral appliques from her Fall 2018 collection. Iman appeared on my radar in 2009 while appearing on the Tyra Banks show. After Tyra Banks, famed Victoria’s Secret model said she was retiring from modeling Chanel Iman was supposed to take her reign in the world of Victoria’s Secret.
Ever since the age of 13 Chanel Iman has been storming the modeling scene both in the United States and overseas. Her debut as a runway model wasn’t until 2006 when her modeling career took off unexpectedly. She was the top choice for many designers and major fashion houses in New York, London, Milan, and Paris. The list of designers including Marc Jacobs, Anna Sui, Phillip Lim, Valentino, Christian Dior, Yves Saint Laurent, Louis Vuitton, Balenciaga, John Galliano, Tom Ford, Dolce & Gabbana, Versace, Hermes, Jean Paul Gaultier, Alexander McQueen, Ralph Lauren, Micheal Kors, Oscar De La Renta, and Givenchy are among some of the fashion houses that dressed her for shows each season. After her first couple of seasons, Chanel Iman and icon would later on become synonymous.
Chanel Iman has hit major milestones that many models her age and older have never made. In Spring 2009, Chanel was the first African American model in 8 years to walk for Gucci. Also in 2007 Chanel was selected by the famous Anna Wintour as one of 10 girls to be featured on the cover “world's next top models” naming her the youngest (16) and the third African American to grace the cover of Vogue.
With all the cover shoots Chanel Iman has done for magazines all over the world, including Teen Vogue (twice), TIME, i-D, Muse, POP, Lula, Elle (UK)(Italy), Flare (Italy)(Canada) she is most proud of Vogue (Korea) because of the history and her ancestral background.
Amongst her much deserved success becoming an “Angel “ for Victoria’s Secret, successful advertisement campaigns with fashion houses, being photographed by the top fashion photographers and numerous editorials, she has also shared in discrimination. She like many models of color who have come before her has paved the way for more models of diversity on the runways. Her dream is for advertisers to see the value in booking "color."
With Chanel Iman’s fresh face, smile, style and effervescent personality, I don’t see her stopping anytime soon! She makes you want to know the woman behind the clothes and that is the very essence of Chanel Iman.
We wish Chanel and Sterling nothing, but bliss and happiness in their marriage!