French fashion magazine L’Officiel, “the Bible of fashion and of high society,” has put Chanel Iman on the cover of their February issue.
The New York Times called Iman a “model from day 1” and she was also in American Vogue as one of the “World’s Next Top Models.”
“They want girls who are ethnic, but light-skinned girls. If a girl is very dark, they say no,” Carol White, Premier Model Management founder and Naomi Campbell’s former agent, told the Daily Mail last year in a discussion of Paris runways.
Carol says Paris and Milan are the most notorious for not casting black models for runways and magazine covers. “There, they absolutely don’t want black girls. A black model has to be a real star before you can take her there. They only take a black girl when the biz is buzzing about her.”
Now if only Iman’s fellow runway models could stop calling her “Chopsticks” because she is one-quarter Korean.