Jourdan Dunn Speaks On Being A Working Mother, Role Model & Racism In The Fashion Industry

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A couple of days ago, I reported that fashion model Jourdan Dunn is covering the February 2015 issue of British Vogue, making her the first Black model to get a solo British Vogue cover in 12 years (see it here). Inside she talks about being a working mother, her mother raising her son while she works, racism that she has experienced in the fashion industry and pressure of being a role model for young girls.

On being a model/working mother:

I love that one day I am doing this and then I go home to my reality: getting Riley ready for school, doing his reading with him, taking him to the park,” she tells Emily Sheffield in the February issue of Vogue. “For some in this industry their life is their work. The other girls didn’t understand in the beginning why I didn’t want to go out all the time.”

Since Dunn is busy walking runways around the world, doing photo shoots and more, her mother is being very supportive and takes care of Riley while she works, but Dunn admits that it wasn’t easy at first:

They are so close I was kind of jealous of their relationship in the beginning,” she reveals. “But it works for me. You can find the balance being a working mother, but I couldn’t do it without my mum. She is the one who allowed me to go and do my thing.”

On racism that she has experienced in the fashion industry and the pressure of being a role model for young girls:

It’s hard being a model regardless, and then being a black model. I have heard, ‘Oh, we haven’t shown any black models this season.’ So blas√©… It’s messed up,” she says. “I get uncomfortable when I read comments saying, ‘I wanna look like you, I wish I had your body.’ When I was growing up I didn’t love myself, or like what I saw in the mirror. Curves are celebrated in Caribbean culture, so I felt the odd one out. So my message is: be happy and love yourself.”

Photo Credit: Patrick Demarchelier

Source: British Vogue 

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