chanel-iman-loficciel.jpgFrench 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.”

In February 2011 a black-face clad Beyoncé Knowles also graced the cover of L’Officiel.

Now if only Iman’s fellow runway models could stop calling her “Chopsticks” because she is one-quarter Korean.

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