Has Jourdan Gone And 'Dunn' It For Black Models Everywhere?
One of fashion's most covetable stars, and also as one of its most vocal critics, Jourdan Dunn, has become the first black British model ever to enter the Forbes World's Highest-Paid Models list.
The 24-year-old, from London, is now ranked alongside the likes of Gisele and Miranda Kerr as one of the highest earning models of 2014, making her one of only three British women, alongside Cara and Kate, to appear on the list.
Dunn has achieved what Naomi Campbell, Britain's first black supermodel, could not, in part because Forbes invented the models rich list in 2006 after the peak of Campbell's success.
That Dunn is the only Brit black model to appear on Forbes' list, as well as the fact that she is often one of few black models on our catwalk, is an issue Dunn has openly condemned throughout her nine-year career. Back in 2007 she openly told reporters "London's not a white city, so why should our catwalks be so white?" and in 2013, Jourdan - now known for her outspoken nature - addressed the fashion industry's attitude to race yet again, commenting that "The people who control the industry … say if you have a black face on a magazine cover it won't sell, but there's no real evidence for that."
Great stuff, Jourdan. Keep up the great work!
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(Source: The Times)