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Report: Supermodel Chanel Iman Is Engaged!

  • Supermodel Chanel Iman is engaged to the rapper A$AP Rocky, sources tell Page Six. Congratulations! [Page Six]
  • Legendary actor Mickey Rooney died yesterday at age 93. Rooney appeared in classic films like “National Velvet” with Elizabeth Taylor and “Breakfast At Tiffany’s” with Audrey Hepburn, and more recently in “The Muppets” with Jason Segel and Amy Adams. [New York Times]
  • Miley Cyrus’ May 2014 Elle cover is downright classy. [Fashionista]
  • My friend Michael schlepped to Ukraine to meet “the human Barbie doll” Valeria Lukyanova and lived to tell about it. [GQ]

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Chanel Iman Talks Racism In Modeling Industry: “We Already Found One Black Girl”

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  • Just in case you thought racism was over and solved forever, here’s model Chanel Iman talking about how the fashion industry is not immune to the “one is enough” idea when it comes to diversity. “A few times I got excused by designers who told me ‘we already found one black girl. We don’t need you anymore.’ I felt very discouraged. When someone tells you, ‘we don’t want you because we already have one of your kind, it’s really sad,” Iman told the UK’s Sunday Times Magazine. This is especially troubling given how magazines will book light-skinned models and put them in blackface instead of just hiring black models! [Clutch Magazine]
  • North Dakota’s state Senate advanced a “fetal personhood” bill which would ban abortions after a fetal heartbeat can be detected, which can be as early as six weeks. [Washington Post] Keep reading »

Chanel Iman’s 21st Birthday & Other Extravagant Celeb Birthday Parties

Why am I not surprised that Chanel Iman’s 21st birthday party today is taking place on a private island? The model has rented a small island off the coast of Jamaica where she’ll be ringing in legal drinking age with a reggae-themed bash. If that doesn’t sound like one poppin’ party, I don’t know what does. [Fashionista]

I have to give Chanel credit, though, because her fête sounds positively down-to-earth in comparison to some other celebrity birthday blowouts we’ve seen …

 

Chanel Iman Has A Totally Different Kind Of Pre-Victoria’s Secret Regimen

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While Victoria’s Secret model Adriana Lima goes to disturbing lengths to stay slim, model and alleged Kanye West canoodler Chanel Iman went to similarly disturbing lengths to put on weight to appear in the televised lingerie fashion show. Apparently, Iman gained 15 pounds in order to walk in the show, adding curves to her otherwise stick straight body. She did so on a diet of protein shakes and by incorporating weight lifting into her workout routine. And, she says, the day before the event, “I have a big potluck at my house. All my friends bring over food and we barbecue and party it up!” Well, that’s great and all, but it’s definitely scary that Iman put on 15 pounds and still looks waif thin as a Victoria’s Secret Angel. Remember that the next time you look at a model on the runway and think she has the “perfect” body. [Modelinia

Chanel Iman = Sprained Ankle Waiting To Happen

Didn’t you know, snapping your ankles is trés, trés chic! [The Block via The Vie Society] Keep reading »

Chanel Iman Channels Strawberry Shortcake On The Cover Of Lula

Even though we try not to throw away money on pricey foreign glossies, we might have to splurge on the new Lula. Model Chanel Iman looks too cute — and colorful — to miss this issue! Check out the six other covers, all with models wearing bright Strawberry Shortcake-inspired outfits, including the cartoon character’s signature striped tights. [Fashion Gone Rogue] Keep reading »

5 Hair Secrets Supermodels Swear By

Sure, you take one look at most supermodels and assume they roll out of bed, throw clothes on and generally look gorge by virtue of being, well, them. Surprise, surprise, it’s not all genetics (though they are pretty gifted in that department). More than most of us, models have to be super-militant about their skin and hair routines, because to achieve that shiny, bouncy, pretty hair their heads go through hell. Says Chanel Iman: “During fashion week, your hair can be curled, straightened, then curled again up to four times a day.” So how do they keep their hair from falling out of their heads? After the jump, five supermodel go-to tricks … Keep reading »

Who Cares If Teen Vogue’s Cover Model Is Pregnant?

Oh my God, look! Models—not celebrities—on the cover of a fashion magazine! And they’re black! November’s Teen Vogue published a fantastic cover story about models Chanel Iman and Jourdan Dunn, who spoke candidly about the racism in the modeling industry and the competition that results when black models feel there can only be “one black girl.” (Chanel is actually black and Korean—damn, she should have been in our biracial hotties slideshow!) The pair dished to Teen Vogue about the fashion industry’s flat-out racism:

Iman: “You’re being told, ‘So and so is only booking one black girl. It’s either you or Jourdan,’ So we’ll be sitting in the lobby looking at each other like, ‘Okay, I want this job, and she wants it too. Which one of us is going to get it?’”

Dunn: “I remember last season, I was about to go into a casting, and my agent phoned and said, ‘Turn back. They decided they don’t want any black models.’ I was like, ‘They’re actually telling you that’s the reason? Are you serious?!’”

It’d be really cool if this piece got Teen Vogue some attention. But there’s just one teeny-weeny little problem for some folks: 19-year-old Dunn is pregnant with a baby boy, due in December.
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How Much Do We Love This i-D Cover?

A few months ago both Chanel Iman and Sessilee Lopez tweeted about a “major” moment in fashion and a surprise cover. That should have been clue enough for some folks to guess. Now the secret is out: The two young models, along with Jourdan Dunn and Arlenis Sosa, grace the cover of i.D magazine’s September issue. The iconic photo features all four girls with corset-inspired tops, figure-hugging skirts, matching black gloves and shimmery makeup. It was shot in London by Emma Summerton and styled by i-D fashion director, Edward Enninful. Besides featuring four of the hottest models of the moment in one sitting, this issue is distinctive for yet another reason: It is the only non-urban magazine to opt for women of color on its September cover. [Fashionologie] Keep reading »

Vogue Italia’s “Black Issue” Is A Success, But What Will Its Impact REALLY Be?

If you haven’t heard already, the July issue of Italian Vogue was unprecedented. All the models in it were black. Amidst the buzz that followed, the much-hyped “Black Issue” became such a popular success that distribution was increased by 40-percent, an amazing feat. Some (including me) saw the concept — race as an “issue” — as a gimmick, an attempt to shush critics who frequently point out how little page-time the fashion industry gives to anything other than white faces. But, without a doubt, the issue got people talking about the issues. Now, let’s hope their attention isn’t squandered.
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