Jourdan Dunn is no shrinking violet when it comes to tackling the issue of racism in the fashion industry. As one of just a handful of high-profile, currently-working black models, the 23-year-old often speaks of her encounters with racism in the industry – such as being turned away from a casting because they “didn’t want any more black girls”, and having a white make-up artist refuse to do her make-up.
“I don’t know why people applaud designers for having just one ethnic model. It’s not like only one type of woman loves fashion,” she tells the latest issue of Miss Vogue, which she also covers.
“I find it weird when [model] agents say, ‘You’re the only black girl booked for the show. Isn’t it great?’ Why is it great?” she adds.
The comments come six months after Dunn backed Iman and Naomi Campbell’s campaign for racial diversity on the catwalk, saying “I want to talk about what goes on. A lot of people are scared to speak up.” Read more..