AceShowbiz - Chanel Iman is officially off the market. The supermodel is engaged to her boyfriend Sterling Shepard after he proposed to her on her 27th birthday on Friday, December 1. The couple announced the happy news on Instagram on Saturday.
In a picture capturing the moment, the 24-year-old footballer got down on his knee while holding one of Chanel's hands with the night view of New York skyline in the background. The former Victoria's Secret Angel, wearing a white furry coat and black leggings, looked surprised and elated as she covered her mouth with her hand.
"A night full of tears of happiness," Iman captioned the pic. "I'm beyond excited to spend the rest of my life with you @sterl_shep3 you are my soulmate, my best friend, my everything! Can't wait to be your Mrs."
Sterling posted the same photo on his own Instagram page and wrote along with it, "The catch of my dreams...can't wait to spend the rest of my life with you!"
The surprise didn't stop there. After the proposal, the New York Giants wide receiver threw a surprise birthday party for his fiancee at SPIN New York, where family and friends were waiting. His Giants teammates Odell Beckham Jr., Tavarres King, Roger Lewis Jr., Travis Rudolph, Donte Deayon and Brad Wing, Sports Illustrated model Damaris Lewis as well as Victoria's Secret model Maria Borges were among those attending the bash.
At the party, the newly-engaged couple toasted their engagement with limited-edition Moet & Chandon Nectar Imperial Rose x Public School magnums of Champagne. They were also pictured dancing and Sterling was seen nuzzling into her neck. She flashed her new ring, which is rose gold and features a round diamond.
"Everyone was congratulating them and it was an extremely special evening," a source tells E! News of the party.
Chanel and Sterling met at Victor Cruz's birthday party in November last year. "When I first met him, he was in a suit and looked so sharp," she said of her first impression of him. Sterling added, "I walked up to her and bought her a drink and it was over after that."