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 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.
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.