British Fashion Model Jourdan Dunn Covers Elle UK’s April 2016 Issue; Speaks On Diversity In The Fashion Industry

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British Fashion Model Jourdan Dunn Covers Elle UK’s April 2016 Issue 1

British fashion model Jourdan Dunn covers Elle UK’s April 2016 issue.

Bjarne Jonasson lensed the shoot. Dunn was styled by the magazine’s fashion director, Anne-Marie Curtis.

The fashion model has a lucrative contract with Maybelline, and appeared in ad campaigns for Burberry, Balmain, H&M, Liu Jo and more. She also walked in over 75 shows including Louis Vuitton and Valentino.

Inside, she speaks on diversity in the fashion industry, social media regrets, being a mother and friends with Karlie Kloss.

Jourdan on diversity in fashion:

‘There are definitely a lot more girls of colour being represented. But I also feel like we’re 100% still not there. I want to see us get to a place where seeing a black girl, anywhere, is not such a big deal. Why can’t it just be the norm to see black models in campaigns and on covers and runways? It’s still too much of a big thing when this happens.’

On social media regret:

‘People always ask me, “Do you regret saying this?” I don’t have any regrets. My agency used to tell me, “Can you take that down?” And I’m like, “No.” Why would I take that down? That’s how I feel, that’s how I felt and it is what it is.’

On being a mother:
‘The one thing about parenthood no one ever warns you about. They tell you about the sleepless nights, but no one ever warns you about the guilt. He was just in the hospital last month, but I’m fortunate that he’s quite well. So if something happens at work and I don’t get an opportunity, it’s fine. I’m not gonna cry about this stuff. I’ve got bigger things to think about, like my son and if he’s OK and keeping him out of the hospital. Ultimately, I look at it like this: I am my son’s lifeline. Mummy needs to work to put food on the table and pay his school fees. So I always keep that in the back of my mind.’

On being friends with Karlie Kloss:
‘Karlie is such a professional. I used to always admire how she is about building her relationships, and looking at her career as a business and going the extra mile. She would stay up until midnight making her Karlie’s Kookies and sending them out, giving them to people on set,’ she says. ‘I used to see that and be like, “Why are you doing that?’ But now I understand.’

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