I might have gone on and on about Tanya D. during fashion week, but Natalie would not shut up about Jourdan Dunn. "You have to see this girl!" she gasped, post ThreeAsFour, "I couldn't take my eyes off her!" So I kept my eyes peeled, and when I saw her saunter at Peter Som, I had to agree. Her look: Regal cheekbones and exaggerated cat-eyes. Her walk: One of the best I'd seen. Though she walked Marc Jacobs and Ralph Lauren last year, her big break came when Kate Moss chose her as the face of Kate's Christmas collection for Topshop. She went on to walk twenty shows last week and Gap just released the first image from her new ad campaign, at left. You might not understand our love for models, but really, who wouldn't want to look at (or like) a girl like that?
Jourdan Dunn, Chanel Iman Call Out Modeling Industry for Being Racist
That the fashion industry, and particularly the modeling industry, is prejudice is not a question. That the industry is improving, however, is up for debate. One might look at the black models who have ascended the ranks recently--girls like Jourdan Dunn, Chanel Iman, Joan Smalls--and say that the industry is moving towards a more diverse beauty standard. But the truth is that even those models, icons in the making, have had to struggle against racism and prejudice throughout their careers--something that Dunn opened up about to Net-a-Porter's The Edit magazine, which she covers this week.