So what’s it like to have a teenage supermodel for a daughter? The Fashion Informer ran into China Robinson, 16-year-old model Chanel Iman’s mom, several times during fashion week – it was hard not to, as Chanel walked in 22 New York shows - and decided to find out.
What’s it been like to watch your daughter become such a successful model so quickly?
It’s great. I mean, she’s young and I’m excited that she can do what she wants to do at such a young age. I mean, she’s always wanted to do it since she was just a toddler. But it’s great now that her dreams are coming true so quickly. She’s a great kid. She’s grounded so it works for her.
As a mom, did you have any reservations about her going into the modeling industry?
Oh, absolutely. Absolutely. I wanted her to be a little bit older, a little bit more mature and friends said, no, this is the time. She’s 5’9” take her [to the agencies]. I mean, she’s almost 5’11” now but at the time, at 13, she was 5’9.” So my friend took her to four different agencies in LA and the phone was ringing off the hook.
What’s your favorite photo of Chanel?
Oh, I like them all. Because she’s working and when she’s working, she’s happy.
And is there anything she’s done that you weren’t so comfortable with?
Well, there’s been a few times when I’m like, ‘Uhh, I’m right here!’ (laughs). It’s like, it’s ok but don’t touch her, and don’t proposition her. I’m right here. So, yeah. But for the most part, Ford Models has strategized her career; they put her exactly where she should be at the right time. They’ve not pushed her too far. So I really don’t have those worries.
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