Model Chanel Iman Introduces ‘ChanelImanTV’ on YouTube

One of Blindie’s favorite models Chanel Iman has joined the viral video community, creating her own YouTube channel, ChanelImanTV.

Besides galavanting around New York City with her besties, the up-and-coming model has clips of her glamming her mum up during a break at a photo shoot and dancing with her BFF (whom Blindie believes is Baby Phat junior designer Jerome from Kimora Lee’s reality TV show) to her favorite song on her laptop.

“The least I could do is make this YouTube channel for you,” she says in her first video post. “So you could get to know me better!”

Model Chanel Iman Prays Before Walking in Fashion’s Craziest High Heels

Blindie’s favorite up-and-coming stompper Chanel Iman recently spoke out on what she does to “stay upright on sky-high” designer shoes on the runway.

“This season, all the shoes were extremely high and very difficult to walk in,” Chanel Iman told Women’s Wear Daily. “I pray before I go on the runway!”

Chanel Iman Breaks Runway Barriers For Black Models at Gucci Show in Milan


Blindie’s favorite up-and-coming model Chanel Iman broke barriers on the Gucci runway during Spring 2009 Fashion Week in Milan on Wednesday.

The 18-year-old beauty became the first black model to walk the megabrand’s catwalk since it was helmed by designer Tom Ford.

It was only in February that fellow model model Jourdan Dunn became the first black model to walk the runway for Prada in ten years.

Naomi Campbell Walks Runway With Chanel Iman At Fashion For Relief

Naomi Campbell walked the runway Wednesday at the National History Museum in London with model-on-the-rise Chanel Iman as part of Fashion For Relief.

So far there have been no reports of hair pulling, phones flying or bitchery of any sort. Prancing down the runway together, the two beauties even wore the same dress! Chanel in soft pink and Naomi in black.

Estelle also strutted down the runway in a leopard print dress as did Tyson Beckford in full body motorcycle gear, which he then peeled off to reveal his impeccable upper body.

Established in 2005, Fashion For Relief aids victims and survivors of Hurricane Katrina and raises money for the White Ribbon Alliance which campaigns for safe pregnancy and childbirth in developing nations.

Color on the Cover: Chanel Iman Appears on Time Magazine’s Style & Design Issue

Blindie’s assuming that this Italian Vogue thing is really catching on, as model Chanel Iman is featured on Time Magazine‘s Style & Design Issue.

In the issue, the magazine explores the recent trend of using black models, but argues that the industry “has often cycled through ethnicities,” noting its use of black models in the 70s, Brazilians in the 90s, and Russians & East Europeans most recently.

“White faces, however, have always been in vogue—not surprising, given that most of the decision makers in the industry are white,” the magazine observes.

Here’s to Chanel Iman’s small, yet necessary victories!

FASHION WEEK: Blindie Stalks Chanel Iman’s Runway Looks

Up-and-coming supermodel Chanel Iman is the one beauty Blindie’s putting our money behind. And with the blur of tulle, leather, spandex and cotton that is Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in New York, Chanel’s been one busy girl.

“I’m a Christian girl,” Chanel Iman told New York magazine, “I pray every night and before meals and before I go on stage not to fall.”

Here’s a timeline of Chanel’s latest looks fresh off the most prestigious runways:

Fri, Sept. 5 @ 7 p.m. | Erin Fetherston

Sat, Sept. 6 @ 10 a.m. | Lacoste

Sat, Sept. 6 @ 8 p.m. | Rock & Republic

Sun, Sept. 7 @ 11 a.m. | DKNY

Sun, Sept. 7 @ 4 p.m. | D.v.F.

Mon, Sept. 8 @ 11 a.m. | Peter Som

Mon, Sept. 8 @ 9 p.m. | Marc Jacobs

Tue, Sept. 9 @ 6 p.m. | Max Azria

FASHION WEEK: Zoe Saldana & Joy Bryant Step Out for Max Azria Show

Two of Blindie’s favorite It Girls, Zoe Saldana and Joy Bryant, stepped out for the Max Azria Spring 2009 Fashion show in New York on Tuesday.

In addition to Bryant and Saldana, 27 Dresses star Malin Akerman, socialite Tinsley Mortimer, Olympic gold medalist Nastia Liukin, singer Natasha Bedingfield, and Gossip Girl drop-in Michelle Trachtenberg also attended the show.

Blindie’s ga ga supermodel-in-the-making Chanel Iman also strutted her sticks on the catwalk!