Jourdan Dunn- The dazzling British stunner | FashionTV's Model of the Week
Discovered while shopping with a friend, top model Jourdan Dunn grabbed headlines in 2008 when she became the first black model to walk for Prada in 13 years. The memorable runway moments didn’t stop there as the world took notice when Dunn modeled while seven months pregnant.
Black models are not unusual in the fashion industry. Black models with a worldwide following are. Discovered by a model scout while shopping with a friend, Dunn was only 16-years-old when she signed with her first agency. Discover how a little girl who grew up in West London suddenly became one of the world’s most-sought-after models.
Rocking the Runway
Fall 2007 was Jourdan Dunn’s debut season. She walked for Marc Jacobs, Ralph Lauren and Salvatore Ferragamo in New York and in Milan. Later that year, Dunn took part in fashion shows for Alexander McQueen and Hermes.
Her popularity rose in 2008, when she became the first black model to walk for Prada in 13 years. The previous black model that walked for the Italian brand was supermodel Naomi Campbell. After that, Dunn became a runway fixture at countless fashion shows, including Vivienne Westwood, Givenchy, Gaultier, Dior, Victoria’s Secret, Giambattista Valli, Oscar de la Renta, Ives Saint Laurent, Pucci and others.
Jourdan Dunn – Top Model at S/S 2012
During Gaultier’s Spring 2009, Dunn stole headlines when she walked the runway while seven months pregnant. Awestruck, most members of the fashion industry couldn’t deny that mother-nature was on Dunn’s side. Two months later, in December 2009, Dunn gave birth to her first child – Riley.
Top designers, photographers and magazine editors have all pined for Dunn at one point or another. She appeared on the covers of Europe’s best fashion magazines, as well as those in the USA and the Far East. In 2009, Steven Meisel shot Dunn for the cover of Vogue, and shortly after, her shoot with Patrick Demarchelier landed her cover of Teen Vogue. Dunn also was featured on the covers of Elle, i-D, W, Dazed & Confused, and more big titles.
Jourdan Dunn – First Face S/S 2009
David Sims photographed the beautiful British model in 2007 for a Benetton campaign. One year later, Dunn posed for Emma Summerton in a Topshop campaign. In 2009 she was photographed in a CK by Calvin Klein campaign.
One of Jourdan Dunn’s most relevant campaigns was with the legendary British fashion house Burberry. In 2011, she became the face of the brand and later that year, she represented the brand’s fall ad campaign as well as its luxury cosmetics line.
Dunn also signed cosmetic contracts with Ives Saint Laurent, Calvin Klein and others.
While Jourdan Dunn decided to skip the Fall 2013 fashion week season, we believe she is not finished with the runways yet. The subject of mild controversy at the beginning of her career, Dunn has become one of the industry’s most natural beauties.
Her perfect figure and magnificent smile have definitely earned her a place as one of the most popular and respected models in the fashion industry.
Jourdan Dunn – Model Talks