Chanel Iman, New Kid on the Catwalk

180px-chanel_iman.jpgDon’t ask me what I was doing* looking at Teen Vogue,
but I noticed the cover girl of the current issue, Chanel Iman. Her mother is Korean American and African American, and her father is African American.

She hit the ground running when she started out in 2006, landing modeling walks for, if I remember correctly, eighteen designers in one trip. The New York Times profiled her that fall, and Vogue included her in their May 2007 cover story that named the year’s new supermodels.

She travels with her Mom and once met Paul McCartney without recognizing him. Some commenters on other blogs have taken this as an indication of low intelligence. But she’s only eighteen years old. I think I would be concerned if she recognized every celebrity.

* Actually, I had a good reason.

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About Lily Huang

Lily Huang is a writer of Taiwanese descent, who lives on the East coast. She grew up in suburbia completely oblivious to Asian culture, and is making up for it now.
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