Jourdan Dunn—one of the world’s highest paid supermodels, first black model to walk for Prada in over a decade, named “Model of the Year’ twice—can now add another accolade to her growing list. Dunn has become the first black model to land a solo Vogue cover in 12 years (Naomi Campbell was the last). 12 fucking years. Honestly I’m not sure if I should be jumping for joy or crying.
Diversity is an issue that has plagued the fashion industry since, quite possibly, the beginning of time. Dunn herself has been a vocal critic of a lack of models of colour during fashion weeks. Some of the biggest, most respected designers in Europe, such as Raf Simons and Phoebe Philo of Céline are known for their love of an all white catwalk. Calvin Klein, Proenza Schouler, Victoria Beckham, even our beloved The Row are all guilty of this as well, season after season after micro-season. As a woman of colour, I can’t say it doesn’t bother me. Even at times when something this incredible happens, I can’t help but feel disappointed that diversity, in 2015, is still not a given, but rather a milestone to be treasured and celebrated before it’s quietly forgotten. Thank goodness for industry activists and allies like Iman, Bethann Hadison, Naomi Campbell, Nick Knight, and Diane Von Furstenberg, who continue to fight the good fight. Congratulations to Jourdan Dunn! ❤
The February issue of Vogue UK hits newsstands end of January.
Images via Jourdan Dunn’s IG and tumblr