Chanel Iman at the 2009 Victoria's Secret fashion show at The Armory in New York City. Chanel Iman Robinson (born December 1, 1990) is an American model, known professionally as Chanel Iman. She is best known for her work as a Victoria's Secret model. Iman was born in Atlanta, Georgia on December 1, 1990. She grew up in Los Angeles, California. Her mother is half Korean and half African American, and her father is African American.