Jordan Dunn has taken over the modelling scene - Take a bow Miss Campbell
Miss Campbell, take a bow. While Naomi might have achieved many firsts, including being the first Black model to grace the covers of French Vogue Paris and the first Black model on the covers of Time magazine and becoming the first ever Black supermodel, Jourdan Dunn has now achieved what our British super - diva could not. Landing her place amongst the top 15, Jordan Dunn has become the very first Black British model to ever enter the Forbes models rich list. London’s very own 24-year-old beauty was ranked alongside model, Natalia Vodinova, Carolyn Murphy and Karlie Kloss. She out-ranked, or rather, out-earned popular Victoria Secret model Candice Swanepoel, ex-angel Erin Heatherton, and even fellow British model Cara Delevigne.
The mum-of-one was discovered by Storm Model Management outside of Primark in Hammersmith in 2006. Her fashion career spanning from her appearing in 75 London Fashion Week shows in a single season in 2007 to landing grand advertising campaigns with big brand names including Ann Taylor, Balmain, Burberry, Calvin Klein, DKNY, Express, H&M, Next, Target and Topshop. The Brit even landed herself a feature in R&B Queen Beyonce’s sultry Yonce music video last year. Most recently, Miss Dunn has been named the new face of Maybelline and YSL.
While we must acknowledge Dunn’s great achievements, we must not forget that Miss Campbell did in fact set the trend.
Dunn has achieved many firsts, including being the first model of colour to saunter the catwalk for Prada since our legendary Naomi Campbell. However, as Jourdan explains, this is little to be applauded for. The doors of diversity in fashion are still to be further opened.
Words: Premio Gordon