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Not many women who make a living as models have spoken out on their quarrels with the modeling industry; bur Jourdan Dunn is an exceptional case.

Born in London in 1990 Jourdan was discovered while browsing a store in her hometown in 2006, and before the Londonite could adjust to teetering heels, she was featured in a multitude of runway shows, including Prada’s where she was the first black model to grace the Prada runway in over 10 years. The next year, Jourdan was featured on the cover of Italian Vogue and in the same month was featured in an editorial for American Vogue.

During the height of her modeling career, Jourdan gave birth to her first child, Riley (who suffers from Sickle-cell), in December of 2009, but not before she walked the spring Jean Paul Gaultier show in Paris, while notably pregnant.

Fashion Timeline:
2006
Discovered while shopping with a friend in Primark
Signs with Storm Management in London
2007
Signs with Women Management
Debuts at the fall Marc Jacobs, Ralph Lauren, and Salvatore Ferragamo shows in New York and Milan
Appears in Allure editorial
Featured on British Vogue.com as a “new star”
Walks the spring Alexander McQueen and Hermès shows in Paris
2008
Closes the fall Duro Olowu show in London
Becomes the first black model to walk for Prada in over ten years
Appears in Dazed & Confused editorial
Style.com features Dunn as a top ten newcomer 
Escorts Peter Som to the Costume Institute Gala, wearing Bill Blass
Appears in editorials for i-D and French Vogue
British Vogue features Dunn and her “high street” style
Appears in Vogue, British and Italian Vogue
Walks the Givenchy and Jean Paul Gaultier couture shows in Paris
Dunn featured on the cover of POP
Closes the spring Rodarte, Ossie Clark, and Alexander McQueen shows in New York, London, and Paris
Opens Matthew Williamson’s last collection for Pucci in Milan
British Fashion Council nominates Dunn for Model of the Year, along with Agyness Deyn and Lily Donaldson
Wins Model of the Year by British Fashion Council 
Featured on the cover of French Elle
2009
Appears in Vogue editorial, photographed by David Sims
Walks the spring Chanel, Christian Dior, Givenchy, and Jean Paul Gaultier couture shows in Paris
Appears in two editorials for Vogue
Opens the fall Jason Wu, Oscar de la Renta, Vivienne Westwood, Issa, and Giambattista Valli shows in New York, London, and Paris
Closes the fall Oscar de la Renta, Barbie, Thakoon, Betty Jackson, Twenty8Twelve, and Issa shows in New York and London
Appears in editorials for Vogue, Japanese Vogue, British Vogue, Italian Vogue, Russian Vogue and Teen Vogue. 
Vogue announces Dunn’s pregnancy 
Walks the spring Jean Paul Gaultier show in Paris, while pregnant
Gives birth to son 
2010
Makes a runway appearance at the fall Aquascutum show in London
Appears in Vogue editorial twice
Closes the spring Lanvin show in Paris, alongside Melodie Monrose, Ajak, Ataui Deng, and Jeneil Williams
2011
Becomes the face of Burberry
Signs cosmetics contract with Yves Saint Laurent
Opens for the fall Burberry and Zac Posen shows in Milan and New York
Appears in an all-black spread for Italian Vogue, alongside Sessilee Lopez and Chanel Iman
Appears in editorials for V, Vogue, French Vogue and British Vogue 
Featured on the spring cover of i-D magazine
Appears in Numero editorial
Models for the Burberry fall ad campaign
Appears in Dazed & Confused editorial
Featured on the winter cover of i-D
2012
Appears in W editorial, photographed by Emma Summerton
Appears in editorials for Vogue and W

Jourdan is famous for speaking her mind when it comes to the omission of black models on the runway, during a cover story for I-D Magazine saying “There are loads of black models working and the idea that there’s only a few of us, or four of us, to let in as top models at any one time is just bullshit.”

She also took to her Twitter page backstage at a fashion show and tweeted “I swear some people need to learn how to do black hair/skin.”

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