There are tons of working models out there who are also working moms. While they have the same challenges as other employed mothers (childcare conundrums, figuring out the logistics of traveling for their jobs), they also have some unique ones (fitting into sample sizes.)
22-year-old model mom Jourdan Dunn opened up to Vogue UK on the subject, as part of a series the magazine is doing on working moms in the fashion industry. Dunn talks about finding out she was pregnant at 18, dealing with her child’s father going to jail, and managing her son’s sickle cell disease–and is refreshingly open and honest about it.
One of the things that surprised us (for better or worse), is how supportive Dunn says the fashion industry has been through it all. We hear a lot lately about models being disposable and taken advantage of, so it’s heartening to hear that Dunn had the opposite experience while she was at her most vulnerable.
“The agency really looked out for me,” Dunn said. “I went back to work [nine months after giving birth]–I didn’t feel any pressure to go back quickly, and when I did everyone was really supportive.”
“The models with children would make sure I was eating properly and gave me a private area to breastfeed, and Heidi Mount, who has a child, is great,” she continued. “She’s going to be my advice line when I move to New York.” Awww.
As for getting back to sample size, it goes without saying that Dunn snapped back into shape pretty quickly. Though it was probably a lot easier for her since she didn’t stop being sample size until about six months into her pregnancy.
I worked until I was six months pregnant, when I couldn’t fit into any of the clothes.
And even when the clothes didn’t fit her, Jourdan Dunn still made a cameo appearance on the runway when she was almost eight months pregnant–Jean Paul Gaultier just had to make a custom outfit for her, NBD.
Hopefully more up-and-coming models will have this kind of supportive experience in the fashion industry.