The Ravishing, Ravenous Model
Something you don't see every day: An adorable size 0 supermodel who eats like a horse. Chanel Iman, 19, dug into her dinner and finished all her dessert at Wednesday's "Africa Lives" gala, the first-ever black tie benefit for the Smithsonian's Museum of African Art. Iman (who appeared on the cover of Vogue two years ago) was scheduled to present an award to Sudanese model Alek Wek -- but Wek canceled at the last minute. "Just found out 5 mins ago she can't make it. I guess I'll be walking away with her award. Lol, anyway congrats ALEK," Iman Twittered.
Actor Jeffrey Wright, civil rights icon Dorothy Height, new director Johnnetta Betsch Cole and ambassadors from several African countries were on hand to celebrate the museum's 30th anniversary, but the gala suffered from rookie mistakes: dinner set in a narrow corridor, windy speeches and a poorly timed performance by Grammy winner Angelique Kidjo, who was forced to compete with guests eating dinner. All was not lost: The night raised $250,000 for the museum.
The Reliable Source
May 26, 2009; 1:01 AM ET
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