Chanel Iman Tight-Lipped About ‘Dope,’ Expresses Love for Cape Town in GQ South Africa
Chanel makes her Hollywood debut as Lily in the comedy-drama film that follows Malcolm (Shameik Moore), a high school geek who is “carefully navigating life in The Bottoms, one of the toughest neighborhoods in Inglewood, California.”
Set to hit U.S. theaters on June 12, 2015, the film also stars Tony Revolori, Kiersey Clemons, Blake Anderson, Zoë Kravitz, Chanel’s rapper boyfriend A$AP Rocky, Tyga, Keith Stanfield, Casey Veggies, Vince Staples, and Rick Fox.
Dope is produced by Forest Whitaker and executive produced by Diddy and Pharrell Williams.
Inside Chanel’s stunning GQ South Africa feature titled “Kicking Back with Chanel Iman,” the Atlanta-born beauty is photographed by Gavin O’Neill at Papaya Playa Project Resort in Tulum, Mexico wearing swimwear by Melissa Odabash.
Enjoy the full spread, a few interview snippets, and the official trailer for Dope below.
“I just did my first indie film which is coming out in January. I don’t know how much I can talk about the film. I can tell you that I’m super excited and that I’m playing a girl named Lily in the movie, and I don’t know how much I can give, but that’s what’s already out there.”
On basketball as a former prodigy:
“Now I just go to games and watch. I like to watch, but if anyone calls me out for a challenge, I’m usually up for the challenge. Especially if it’s a group of guys. If they’re trying to be competitive with me I usually try to win. [The court is] where it all started.”
On exploring Cape Town:
“After my shoot, I had a friend who lived there, and he took me and my best friend to Cape Point. We posed for pictures there and went to some cool dinners and excursions and it was so nice. I just felt at home in Cape Town. I felt like a part of me belonged there. I felt very connected. The people are very spiritual…”
“If I could visit Africa once a year, I’d be the happiest girl in the world. Every time I leave Africa I leave with such a great, inspiring energy. I come back a different person every single time. There’s just something about Africa. I’ll be back soon, I promise.”