Chanel Iman Robinson, better known as Chanel Iman, is one the youngest and most successful African-American models of her time. In her tenure as a model she is best known for her positive energy and “endless legs.”
Chanel has a very impressive resume. At age 16, she was the youngest to ever grace the cover of Vogue. Even though there had been several black Vogue models before her, Chanel is the third to have ever graced the cover. In the spring of 2009 Chanel became the first black model in 8 years to walk for Gucci. Chanel recently broke her silence in The Sunday Times Style UK about racism in the industry. Having been told by designers, “We already found one black girl. We don’t need you anymore, “she has become an advocate for diversity in the industry.
There is no doubt that Chanel is well on her way to an amazing career in fashion. Beyond that, her message of inclusion and diversity makes me believe that she could be a game changer.
Chanel is one of my favorite fashionistas because she loves her jeans and t-shirt but knows how to turn in up on the red carpet and runway. There are so many looks of hers that I love but today I will only share three.
Lace. Its elegant, it’s classy, and it’s one of my favorite materials. Chanel wore a white lace Dolce & Gabbana dress to the Metropolitan Museum of Art Gala celebrating Alexander McQueen in New York. Hair, accessories, and shoes gave the entire look a 1920’s vibe. I love everything about this look. I also appreciate anyone who can pull off bright colors. In 2011 at the CFDA Awards Chanel wore a turquoise caftan with high center-front slit designed by Max Axria. Her green clutch, gold stilettos, and beach waved hair made her the bell of the ball. Lastly at AmfAR (The Foundation for AIDS Research) Inspiration Gala, Chanel worked the red carpet in a red Michael Kors ensemble. With bone straight hair, dark smokey eye makeup, and gold accessories Chanel was without question best dressed.
Until next time....Grace