The Next Iman? Just Call Her Chanel

By Todd Johnson
|  Friday, Feb 4, 2011  |  Updated 9:00 AM EDT
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The Next Iman? Just Call Her Chanel

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Model Chanel Iman walks the runway during the 2010 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show at the Lexington Avenue Armory on November 10, 2010 in New York City.

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Chanel Iman is making history as a fresh face in an industry that is still largely homogenous.

Following in the footsteps of models like Naomi Campbell and Tyra Banks -- whom she counts as a close friend -- the Korean/African-American beauty has made the fashion rounds since signing with Ford Models at the age of 12, posing for heavyweight photographers and even double-cheek kissing Vogue's aloof editor, Anna Wintour, who named Iman one of 2007's top supermodels.

Iman's career has since taken off and she received Victoria's Secret's coveted 'angel wings' in 2010. And just last year, Iman partnered with her mother, China Robinson, to open The Red Bag Boutique, bringing Los Angeles to Culver City with handpicked second-hand designer pieces and fun vintage fare -- with some one-of-a-kind hand-me-downs from her own closet!

Iman recently switched modeling agencies to IMG, which has housed a number of past and present Victoria's Secret angels, and she has big plans for 2011 -- starting off with NYC's Spring Fashion Week at Lincoln Center in February.

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