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By 15, she’d blossomed into a bona fide head-turner with a beauty that evoked both lissome grace and fresh-scrubbed wholesomeness. A third place win that year in the 2006 Ford Supermodel contest catapulted her into the spotlight and — virtually overnight — she found herself among the most sought after faces in the industry, with campaigns for Bottega Veneta, Ralph Lauren and Victoria’s Secret (who anointed her an Angel in 2010). “I missed my prom to go to the Met Ball,” she recalls of those heady ingénue years. “But it was worth it.”
Today, Chanel is as busy as ever. When not on a fashion shoot (yes, that’s her dancing the tango with A$AP Rocky in the September Vogue), she’s started exploring the realm of dramatic arts. “I definitely want to do some film and television,” she explains, with her signature self-assurance. “That’s my next journey — to be a great actress.”
For her VIOLET GREY photo shoot, Chanel put her acting skills to good use, channeling style icons Bianca Jagger, Josephine Baker, and Linda Evangelista in a character study of lost glamour.
Below VIOLET GREY flips the script with a character study (of sorts) of the model herself.
“When I first started [modeling] I was very young. I was like this little doll that everyone just played with. So I could look really good or really horrible depending on who got their hands on me. But as you grow as a model, you figure out what works for you and you learn to say, ‘Ok, you can’t do this, you have to DO this.’ People can think you’re being a diva but you’re not. I used to go to bed crying because I knew I could look better than how they were making me look. So I had to learn how to stand up for myself in that way.”
SHE'S AN UNAPOLOGETIC FLIRT
“I flirt all the time without even realizing it. I have to watch myself. I’ll flirt at work. I’ll flirt on vacation, at a restaurant. It doesn’t matter. As long as I feel a connection with somebody, I’m down for a flirt. Of course, it’s all innocent and it doesn’t lead to anything. But what’s life without flirting?”
“When I know I have a huge shoot, I’ll just go into the sauna and steam out my face. Product-wise, I don’t really do much because I sometimes think products make me break out . I just use normal soap and water and moisturizer. My brows are really important to me but I’ve never plucked or waxed them. I’ll just fill them in with Anastasia brow kit.”
SHE HAS A GENEROUS SPIRIT
“After I started modeling I was able to help my mom out and buy her a car. That’s when I realized, Ok, I’ve made it.”
SHE KNOWS THE BEST IS YET TO COME
“I’m 23 right now and I feel like I’m still trying to figure it out. Maybe in another two years I’ll have it all together. So maybe 25 is the age at which a woman feels her most beautiful just because she’s survived her teenage years and early twenties.”
I missed my prom to go to the MET Ball...but it was worth it.
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