Chanel Iman Covers Net-A-Porter’s ‘The Edit,’ Speaks On Racism In The Fashion Industry

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American fashion model Chanel Iman covers Net-A-Porter‘s ‘The Edit‘. For this issue, the Atlanta-born and Los Angeles-raised half Korean and half African-American supermodel was shot by photographer Paul Maffi. Iman styled in designer pieces from Thakoon, Dolce & Gabbana, Proenza Schouler, Christian Louboutin, Simone Rocha, and more.

Inside, the 23-year-old supermodel talked about how excited she was for Lupita Nyong’o when she won an Oscar earlier this month, racism in the fashion industry, designers turning her away because they didn’t want any more “Black” girls, getting teased for being skinny, having to grow up fast, and much more. Below are some highlights:

On dealing with racism in the fashion industry:

It’s an issue that my industry is still working on. I think that everyone should be equal; it shouldn’t be about color. It’s unfortunate that there is still a lot of politics involved in both the acting and modeling worlds. I do think we’ve come a long way, but things could still be a lot more diverse on the runway and in films.”

On designers turning her away because they didn’t want anymore Black girls:

 “A few times I got excused by designers who told me ‘We already found one black girl. We don’t need you anymore’”?

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