The success of this 19-year-old model Jourdan Dunn from London is unstoppable. Six months after being discovered in Primark in 2006, she had walked in the Marc Jacobs and Ralph Lauren shows in New York and notched up her first campaign for Benetton shot by fellow Brit, David Simms.
In February 2008 she unwillingly created world headlines by becoming the first black model to walk for Prada in a decade. In July 2008 she appeared on the cover of Italian Vogue’s black issue shot by Steven Meisel and starred in editorials for British Vogue and Elle. Her second campaign, for Topshop, came out last August, the same month she appeared in an editorial fashion spread photographed by cutting edge Emma Summerton, who also shot her for the September cover of i-D. Jourdan’s versatile look can be mistaken for slightly Oriental, Middle Eastern or Asian, and either very youthful or sophisticated. She was a star at the international spring/summer 2009 catwalks, walking for A-listers including Chanel, Dior, Jean Paul Gaultier, Giambattista Valli and Thakoon. For the autumn/winter 2009 shows, she walked in 61 shows including Marc Jacobs, Chanel, Dior and Dolce & Gabbana. ‘Hawkers’ outside and around the catwalks are also constantly snapping her because of her kooky fashion sense. As well as an ambition to be a top model she’d love to try her hand at being a fashion editor, and why not!
YSL Le Teint Touche Eclat June 2012
client: Yves Saint Laurent
published: May 2012
client: Vogue Japan
published: April 2012
Burberry Beauty S/S 12
published: Spring/Summer 2012