Yesterday, Chanel Iman unveiled DKNY’s new over-the-top, Golden Delicious million-dollar fragrance bottle, encrusted with thousands of diamonds—but in person, the supermodel is extremely low key. I chatted with the supermodel about her simple secrets to great skin, her travel must-haves, and her 21st birthday party in Jamaica.
I heard you celebrated your birthday last week. How was your trip?
I actually just got back from Jamaica, so I now have mosquito bites on my face and jellyfish burns and all kinds of these Caribbean bites. Growing up in California, we always had this aloe vera tree in the backyard, so when I would come back from modeling in exotic places I’d always rub the aloe on my skin. I’m really into natural and organic products.
You have gorgeous skin, how do you keep it so clear and radiant?
I’m not really a product girl. I’m very basic. The only products I really use are my soap and moisturizer. I don’t get facials. The last time I got a facial was when I first started modeling when I was 15 or 16. It made my face completely break out.
How do you prepare for a photo shoot?
A good night’s sleep is always the best way to wake up and go to work. I go to set with clean hair and clean skin and I let the makeup artists do their job. When I get home, I always make sure that all of the makeup is off my face before I go to sleep. I use a little bit of Dermalogica cleanser to remove any extra makeup that the makeup remover may have missed, then go to sleep and wake up and do it all over again.
You travel so much as a model, what are your beauty must-haves while on the road?
I use Rosebud Salve on my lips, and I always travel with Rodin oil. You just put a drop in your hands or drop it in the bath and it makes your skin extra soft and glow-y. I travel everywhere with it and my Diptique candle. I like vanilla or lavender candles. It makes my hotel room feel homey.
What is your favorite spa treatment when it’s time to de-stress?
I like a good Swedish massage with hot rocks. I always ask the therapist for extra time on my feet because I’m in heels all day. And there’s something about them massaging my ears that really makes me relax!
You have an amazing body, what’s your workout routine like?__
I have to gain weight, which is the complete opposite of most models. I have to lift a lot of weights to build muscle, which is really difficult. But I feel even sexier with a little meat on my bones. I’m really focused when I’m working out, so I don’t really listen to music. I like to listen to music after, because it’s like, “Yeah! I finished! Let’s party!”
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