She has appeared in advertising campaigns for Jean Paul Gaultier, Dolce & Gabbana, Ralph Lauren, DKNY, Bottega Veneta, DSquared2, Dennis Basso, Swarovski, XOXO, Benetton, J.
Crew, Barneys New York, Saks Fifth Avenue, Lord & Taylor, GAP, Express, Mizani, and Victoria's Secret.
In August 2015, it was confirmed that Iman was dating Lakers basketball player Jordan Clarkson, although ended the relationship shortly after due to cheating rumors.
In 2017, it was confirmed that Iman was dating New York Giants wide receiver Sterling Shepard. Chanel can also play the piano and contributed to "Just Right", a song from Ryan Leslie's self-titled debut album.
Iman was the Somali daughter of an OB-GYN and a diplomat whose origin story of legend—fabricated, to her great annoyance, by fashion photographer Peter Beard—was as “an African tribe girl who used to roam 500 miles” looking for water in the desert.