Jourdan Sherise Dunn is a British fashion model. She was discovered in Hammersmith Primark in 2006 and signed to Storm Model Management in London shortly thereafter. In 2008, she was the first black model to walk a Prada runway in over a decade. She has attracted attention because of the paucity of black models in the fashion modelling industry. In April 2014, it was announced that Dunn was signed as the new face of Maybelline New York. As of July 2014, she was declared an icon by models.com In 2014, Forbes listed Dunn in their top-earning models list, estimated to have earned $4 million in one year. She was the first black British model to make the list.
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I am Jourdan Dunn, British Supermodel, lover of Thai food and correspondent for https://amuse-i-d.vice.com/
I travelled to Thailand with Amuse to experience its food, people and culture. Watch below as I discover the umami heaven that is grilled salt-crushed fish and learn how to perfect the classic hot and sour Tom Yum soup: https://amuse-i-d.vice.com/videos/how-its-dunn-with-jourdan-dunn-part-2/
What is your most British quality or mannerism?
My sarcasm is quite on point!
Which people of importance in the industry do you feel have supported you the most? Also Gisele recently said in Pop Magazine you were one of her favorite current models, how did that feel?
Definitely Edward Enninful has been a huge supporter of my career.. he's my fashion dad. Anna Wintour as well has been a huge support. My peers like Karlie Kloss, she supports me, I support her. And also Cara
What kind of foods do you hate? or not enjoy?
I hate mustard! Anything with mustard!
What are your favorite Thai food recipes? Thanks for doing this AMA!
One that I recently learnt when I was in Thailand was the chicken and holy basil rice and the jungle curry. They are good..and spicy!
You and Karlie Kloss seem to be really great friends and both have the same birthday! Have you two ever celebrated your birthdays together?
Also, best Thai food you had in the states?
We actually haven't celebrated together which is quite rubbish. Each year we have aid we will go to Vegas but it never happens, hopefully one year we will.
Hmm.. I would say Lovely Day in Soho
How did you get into the business?
Has it been positive for your self esteem?
I got scouted when I was 14 in Primark. In the beginning it wasn't really. When I got older I embraced my lankiness.
how much time do you spend cooking each day?
Around an hour for each meal
How did your relation with the paparazzis evolve over time?
I hate them all!
What's the weirdest thing you've ever eaten?
Pig trotters..it was quite nice actually
What's is the best food you tried in England?
My mum's cooking
What's your typical day like? Y'know, besides modelling & cooking.
If I'm at home in England it would be the school run with my son, getting him ready. After that I would have a barre core class for like an hour, meet up with friends for lunch or go to the agency. Then get home in time to get my son, get him settled, do homework, read his book. Then my night is like a glass of wine.
Hey Jourdan, is this the end of your series How it's Dunn or will it still continue by you traveling to other countries? (I hope so!)
I hope so too, you will have to wait and see! Where would you want me to travel to?
how excited were you when you landed the Vogue cover?
I was super excited. When it came out it was around 3am in the morning and someone instagrammed it. My mum was up and was like 'why are you crying?'
Do you have any other big gigs coming out soon?
+ will you walk the VSFS this year?
My children's line is coming out and also a cookbook coming out. VS, every year I hope to be a part of it..
How surreal was it to work with Beyoncé in the videos for 'XO' and 'Yoncé'...and what's your favourite song of hers?
It was like a dream come true! I was in my room pretending to be another member of Destiny's Child. She is so nice and grounded - just being around her for the short time. My favourite song is So Good, it just lifts my spirits up.
Do you let Instagram comments get to you?
I used to but then I realised that they aren't making me feel better about myself so I stopped.
What are your other favorite cuisines besides Thai?
I like Mexican.. I like Malaysian, Chinese, Caribbean, Mediterranean, Portuguese..
Who's your favourite Grime MC from the current new wave?
Hmm.. I like Krept and Konan and Stormzy
What's the difference between a model and a supermodel? Is it a "know it when you see it" type of thing, or are there specific criteria?
I would say experience.
Will you do any meet and greets in New York soon?
Not New York anytime soon but in London I would love to take one of you out: https://amuse-i-d.vice.com/win-a-date-with-jourdan-dunn/
What's something that's keeping you busy or something new that you're interested in these days?
Finding inspiration for my clothing line and my cookbook.
Honestly, how often do you google yourself?
Umm...not anymore, it's too overwhelming.
If you could be on the cover of vogue with anybody, who would you choose?
Will you make a snapchat?
I have snapchat - I might start snapping tomorrow for the Balmain x H&M show
What's the best thing you have been given by a designer?
I got a really sick leather jacket from Burberry
Is there anything you're looking forward to right?
The H&M x Balmain show tomorrow.
what is your favourite restaurant in london?
Chutney Mary, I recently went there and really enjoyed the food.
A leather jacket, a vest top, jeans and a fresh pair of kicks
Hi, Jourdan! What does your beauty routine consist of?
Its an 8 step process that I learned in Japan - moisturise, tone, exfoliate. Its very regimented and detailed.
Last great movie you watched and song you're obsessed with now?
The last movie I watched on the plane was Dope. I love Years and Years Shy and The Game and Kendrick's On me.
What's your guilty pleasure?
How does it feel to be nominated for Model of the Year at the BFAs?
It feels great to be acknowledged