Chanel Iman Robinson Shepard (born December 1, 1990) is an American model. 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.
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. 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.
She has walked in the 2009, 2010 and 2011 Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show. In 2010, she became a Victoria’s Secret Angel and was used in several of the company’s campaigns.
In October 2007, Iman appeared with her mother on an episode of the Tyra Banks Show. On March 21, 2009, she appeared as a correspondent in MTV’s brief revival of House of Style with Bar Refaeli. 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.
She also made an appearance on a January 2016 episode of Spike’s Lip Sync Battle, as part of Olivia Munn’s performance of Taylor Swift’s “Bad Blood”.
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.