Chanel Iman: “Edgy” Role in ‘DOPE’ “Was Just Meant to Be”

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Chanel Iman covers C Magazine Summer 2015

Chanel Iman covers C Magazine Summer 2015

Model Chanel Iman covers C Magazine‘s Summer 2015 issue where she speaks on her big screen debut in Rick Famuyiwa‘s acclaimed indie, DOPE.

The Atlanta-born, L.A.-bred beauty stars in the Inglewood-set dramedy as Lily, the off-the-rails, ecstasy-taking seductress.

“I love my character because she’s really edgy,” says Chanel. “She’s wild, young and free-spirited. It was the perfect part because nobody’s ever seen me messed up. They’ve all seen me nice and dressed up—like a lady.”

Dope (2015) Poster: Chanel Iman as Lily

Dope (2015) Poster: Chanel Iman as Lily [Click to Enlarge]

Set to hit theaters on June 19, the film started a bidding war at the Sundance Film Festival and it was also the final screening at the Cannes Film Festival.

“[This role] was just meant to be,” she continues. “The script popped up, and I wasn’t even thinking about doing movies yet, I knew it was something that I wanted to be part of because of the people who were involved.”

The feature also stars Shameik Moore (The Watsons Go to Birmingham), Tony Revolori (The Grand Budapest Hotel), Kiersey Clemons (Transparent), Blake Anderson (Workaholics), Zoë Kravitz (Mad Max: Fury Road), A$AP Rocky, Tyga, Keith Stanfield (Selma), Casey Veggies, Vince Staples, and Rick Fox (Hit the Floor).

Among producers is Forest Whitaker, along with Pharrell Williams as an executive producer and by Sean “Diddy” Combs as co-executive producer.

As for how difficult it was to transition from modeling to acting she says, “Acting is just like being a fashion model. If you’re not trying too hard or overthinking it, the pictures come to life.”

Chanel also explains how social media has been for her career: “It gives models a chance to have a voice and personality—a lot of my coolest jobs come through social media. Some people just fall in love with you—who you are, not just a pretty face.”

For her Gilles Bensimon-lensed shoot in C Magazine, Chanel “Makes A Splash” in hot swimwear by Eres, Dsquared2, Lisa Marie Fernandez, and La Perla selected by fashion editor Deborah Afshani.

Chanel Iman wearing Eres swimsuit, $550; Gucci necklace, $6,450, and bracelet, $6,450; and Estate Cartier ring, $2,500 for C Magazine Summer 2015 photographed by Gilles Bensimon

Chanel Iman wearing Eres swimsuit, $550; Gucci necklace, $6,450, and bracelet, $6,450; and Estate Cartier ring, $2,500 for C Magazine Summer 2015 photographed by Gilles Bensimon

Chanel Iman for C Magazine Summer 2015 photographed by Gilles Bensimon

Chanel Iman for C Magazine Summer 2015 photographed by Gilles Bensimon

Chanel Iman wearing Dsquared2 swimsuit, $1,800 and Lanvin cuffs, $985 each for C Magazine Summer 2015 photographed by Gilles Bensimon

Chanel Iman wearing Dsquared2 swimsuit, $1,800 and Lanvin cuffs, $985 each for C Magazine Summer 2015 photographed by Gilles Bensimon

Chanel Iman wearing <a href="http://api.shopstyle.com/action/apiVisitRetailer?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.shopbop.com%2Flisa-marie-fernandez%2Fbr%2Fv%3D1%2F2534374302199480.htm%3Fall&pid=uid7321-27362611-42" target="_blank">Lisa Marie Fernandez swimsuit</a>, $455; <a href="http://api.shopstyle.com/action/apiVisitRetailer?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.neimanmarcus.com%2FHerve-Van-Der-Straeten%2FDesigners%2Fcat39790735%2Fc.cat&pid=uid7321-27362611-42" target="_blank">Hervé Van Der Straeten necklace</a>, price upon request for C Magazine Summer 2015 photographed by Gilles Bensimon

Chanel Iman wearing Lisa Marie Fernandez swimsuit, $455; Hervé Van Der Straeten necklace, price upon request for C Magazine Summer 2015 photographed by Gilles Bensimon

Chanel Iman wearing La Perla swimsuit, $194; Estate Cartier earrings, $6,250; Estate Tiffany & Co. cuffs, $3,850 and $7,250; and Estate Hermès ring, $1,450 for C Magazine Summer 2015 photographed by Gilles Bensimon

Chanel Iman wearing La Perla swimsuit, $194; Estate Cartier earrings, $6,250; Estate Tiffany & Co. cuffs, $3,850 and $7,250; and Estate Hermès ring, $1,450 for C Magazine Summer 2015 photographed by Gilles Bensimon

Chanel Iman wearing La Perla swimsuit, $194; Estate Cartier earrings, $6,250; Estate Tiffany & Co. cuffs, $3,850 and $7,250; and Estate Hermès ring, $1,450 for C Magazine Summer 2015 photographed by Gilles Bensimon

Chanel Iman wearing La Perla swimsuit, $194; Estate Cartier earrings, $6,250; Estate Tiffany & Co. cuffs, $3,850 and $7,250; and Estate Hermès ring, $1,450 for C Magazine Summer 2015 photographed by Gilles Bensimon


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