Alva Chinn is an American fashion model. She was one of Oscar de la Renta's favorite models. Throughout the 1970s and 1980s, Chinn worked as a successful model for well-known designers of the period, including modeling for the American contingent at the 'Battle of Versailles' in 1973. In 1977, Chinn appeared on the cover of musical group Chic's debut album "Chic". Chinn began acting in 1983, which she continues to do to this day.