>> In anticipation of her television debut on MTV's House of Style this weekend (more details here), we snagged Chanel Iman for a few minutes to chat about how she landed the coveted role of show correspondent (first peek at her in the show, left), her recent coup on the runway at Balenciaga, and about how she might have already landed a date to this year's Costume Institute Gala. It also sounds like she has a career switch in mind — but Chanel will tell you all about it herself.
How did your role on House of Style come about?
Well basically, they called my agency, I went in to meet with them, I did an audition with all the rest of the girls, and they called — I was waiting for the phone call, I was hoping I got it — but I was waiting for about three months. And when I got back from Paris — I was in Paris for ready-to-wear and did the whole fashion tour for Fashion Week — they told me I got it. I was really excited because it's just another way for me to express myself!
Tell me a little bit about your upcoming Gossip Girl appearance.
It's just experience — it was just for me to get an idea of what it would be like to be on set, to really see what happens since I've never been on a set before.
Are you looking for more TV appearances in the future then?
Yeah. I'm kind of slowing down on the modeling right now and I'm branching out to other experiences and interests that I have. [Ed. note: She told Teen Vogue: "House of Style is definitely just the start. I want to do television, film, music and designing. I want to do it all!"]
Now about that Costume Institute Gala date . . . »
You just walked Balenciaga for the first time — congratulations!
I actually did a presentation for Balenciaga in New York, it was really private, and so after the presentation, I got the show! It was just something else, just something small — it just goes to show you that something small leads to bigger things. Balenciaga has always been one of my favorite lines and one that I've always dreamed of walking.
You went with Jason Wu to the Valentino: The Last Emperor premiere recently — do you think you'll be accompanying him to the Costume Institute Gala, by any chance?
It's a surprise! Maybe . . . We're really great friends, we had a great time, he was one of the best dates I've had in a while for a fashion event. We hit it off great and we were talking about it, so who knows. I'm very supportive of him, he's very supportive of me, he's young, I'm young, and we're like the new generation.
What did you think about the movie?
I loved it, I shed a tear at the end for how beautiful it was. I don't want to give the movie away, because I know it's coming out, but the ending is amazing, you really see how much time and effort the designers put into their collections, and it really touches you and inspires you to work hard in life so that you can have what they have.
One last question — do you have anything exciting coming up? Any appearances, any projects of note that you want to share?
I'm working on lots of things, so I'm not going to give it away. Just look out!