First thing’s first. Who is Jourdan Dunn?
Jourdan Sherise Dunn (born 3 August 1990) is an English fashion model and actress. She was discovered in HammerSmith Primark in 2006 and signed to Storm Model Management in London shortly thereafter. She began appearing on international runways in early 2007. In February 2008, she was the first black model to walk a Prada runway in over a decade.
When we think of iconic supermodels, the names Naomi, Christy, Linda, and Tyra ring a few bells. Not that any of the aforementioned have lost this coveted title, but there’s a new era upon us. And in this era, one of the girls who can undoubtedly add “iconic” to her résumé is supermodel crush, Jourdan Dunn. The Londoner walked an incredible 75 shows during her first ever season after being signed to leading UK agency Storm, and since then, her rise to stardom has been an astronomical one. One of Burberry’s mainstays, one of the faces of Maybelline cosmetics, the first black girl to walk for Prada since 1997 (Campbell being the first ever), it’s no wonder she was, and still is on everyone’s radar.
The list of achievements go on and on for the supermodel, and she looks gorgeous while tackling each feat.
In April 2014, it was announced that Dunn was signed as the new face of Maybelline New York. As of July 2014, she was declared an icon by models.com. In 2014, Forbes listed Dunn in their top-earning models list, estimated to have earned $4 million in one year. She was the first black British model to make the list. She appeared on the February cover of British Vvogue in 2015, becoming the first solo black model to grace the cover in 12 years.
Dunn is simply gorgeous, so much so make up artists and photographers barely need a touch of makeup on her to look flawless.
Besides being stunningly gorgeous, slaying catwalk after catwalk with her signature strut, and serving looks on the red carpet, Dunn can definitely. Most recently, she teamed up with retail giant MissGuided to create her own line of athleisure apparel: Londunn.
So, here’s to Jourdan Dunn for consistantly championing the cause for more diversity on the runways and for being an inspiration to many young black girls who aspire to follow in her footsteps.
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