Hi Chanel! How did you get into modelling? Has fashion always been a passion of yours?
I was scouted for Men’s Fashion Week for the Nasir Mazhar show and initially I never thought I could be a model because of my height so I was surprised to be cast for the show. Since then I had much interest from casting directs through Instagram. Since then, I have modelled in Paris for Fashion Week for designers like Koche as well as Nike, Xaoi Li, Katie Eary [and] Minki. But my favourite so far is working with Marques Almeida and being an MA girl. This has been my third season walking for them and it’s so fun every time. I love the ethos of the brand and all the girls they pick are amazing strong women. I always had an passion for fashion (my go to Bratz doll quote). It sounds cliche but since I was about 10 I wanted to be fashion designer so I would make clothes for my dolls and style their hair.
How did it feel to be part of the new Black Panther zine? What was the ethos behind this shoot?
I was so honoured to be part of that. As soon as I heard about the movie I wanted to be involved – I remember about a year before the movie came out I put it on my vision board. So I was so happy being a big Marvel fan to have been given the opportunity to be involved in the zine. The idea was wakandan street style; all the guys and girls they picked had a character name. They all represent powerful unapologetic black people. And people that are proud of their culture and identity. I really liked the idea of female warriors.
Who is your forever style icon?
I ❤️ Diana Ross. Most recently I’ve grown to appreciate the effort she put in her outfits. I think this is because my generation are more into effortless style and she’s the total opposite. Her look is so over the top and glamourous. I’m west African and she reminds me of my aunties and how they love so much glitzs and glam in their outfits.