Jourdan Dunn on Body Image, Racism & Her Son Riley

Currently covering the new February issue of Vogue UK, British model Jourdan Dunn opened up to the magazine about balancing her career as a model with her home life which includes a young son named Riley. She commented that she loves inhabiting both worlds: 

"I love that one day I am doing this and then I go home to my reality: getting Riley ready for school, doing his reading with him, taking him to the park. For some in this industry their life is their work. The other girls didn't understand in the beginning why I didn't want to go out all the time." 

Jourdan's mother often helps her look after Riley, and she admits she was even jealous of their close bond at the beginning:

 "They are so close I was kind of jealous of their relationship in the beginning, But it works for me. You can find the balance being a working mother, but I couldn't do it without my mum. She is the one who allowed me to go and do my thing." 

She still sees racism in the fashion industry:

 "It's hard being a model regardless, and then being a black model. I have heard, 'Oh, we haven't shown any black models this season.' So blasé... It's messed up,"

She is uncomfortable with people wanting her figure:

"I get uncomfortable when I read comments saying, 'I wanna look like you, I wish I had your body.' When I was growing up I didn't love myself, or like what I saw in the mirror. Curves are celebrated in Caribbean culture, so I felt the odd one out. So my message is: be happy and love yourself."


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