Open any luxury fashion mag and you will be sure to spot model Chanel Iman grinning back winningly, or creating major body envy, or both. (Also, Chanel as a killer? Well, killer.) Yes, we always love to see her adorned in Dolce and Gabbana or Dior, but â€” this is Miami â€”spying her peepers' game is pretty awesome: A pair of Tom Fords here, some Ray-Bans there. We caught up with the Victoriaâ€™s Secret Angel this week for Sunglass Hutâ€™s Summer Block Party in Miami to celebrate the opening of their largest store yet. Although she admits to loving a good pair of sunnies, this Vogue cover girl is anything but shady.
What is your favorite summer accessory?
"Sunglasses! Bright color glasses are in."
What are your shades of choice?
"Iâ€™m into the classic pilot glasses, but of course Iâ€™ll go a little more edgy with a hint of retro and wear a pair of Versace or Tom Ford glasses."
What were your first pair of shades?
"My first pair were probably neon-colored ones. All my friends had bright glasses and I had bright pink Ray-Ban lookalikes. Ray-Bans were my first purchase."
What are some things you love about Miami?
"I love Casa Tua. Itâ€™s my favorite restaurant here. Iâ€™m not really a partier so Iâ€™d rather have a nice dinner or walk on the beach. I have a few friends in town so we usually hang out by the pool or have a BBQ in town. I also love the Intermix here, too. Itâ€™s very beachy â€”Â they have a great selection of strappy sandals and glasses, too. This is where I get a lot of my colors and I think the shoes in Miami tend to be pretty cool."
Are there any beauty tricks you want to share?
"Sunglasses are my little secret. When I get off of work, I pop on a pair. They are an easy way to look a little glam, quickly."
What is one fashion accessory you canâ€™t live without?
"I canâ€™t live without my jewelry. I feel naked without my dainty rings and necklaces. This summer, Iâ€™ll be wearing a lot of Bliss Lau. And, of course, a few sunglasses!"
Weâ€™re glad youâ€™re enjoying the Magic City! But where will you be off to next?
"Tomorrow I head to L.A. for a shoot and then off to a wedding in Denver. Iâ€™ll probably be going to Europe later this summer, too."
And last but not least: Which iconic pair of sunglasses do you like best, heart-shaped Lolita shades or round-rimmed John Lennons?
"John Lennon round-rimmed, for sure."
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