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Black British Models: The Unstoppable Jourdan Dunn


With all the discrimination still going on in the fashion and modelling world, making so much money within a period of 12 months to be listed on Forbes richest models list is no mean feat for a black British model. While many black models are finding it difficult to get juicy and high end paying contracts with top fashion brands, rich black British models like Jourdan Dunn are making it and are becoming unstoppable in their career path.

The 24-year-old black model and Londoner is the first black British model to be listed on Forbes Magazine’s richest models list. Not even iconic and first black British supermodel like Naomi Campbell was able to achieve that. Even though Naomi Campbell made a lot of impact in the global modelling world and would have easily been qualified to be listed as one of Forbes Magazine’s richest models over the years, the Forbes list was created in 2006. At that time, Naomi’s peak and modelling success had already started diminishing.

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The black beauty from Greenford, west London is alleged to have made $4 million (£2.4m) in the last 12 months which was in the period between June 2013 – 2014. The most prominent contracts that propelled her earnings to qualify for this year’s Forbes highest-paid models list are those with Maybelline and Burberry.


Jourdan Dunn is a very vocal celebrity and has spoken a lot about the discrimination in the fashion industry towards black models. While she was just 17 in 2007, she told reporters: “London’s not a white city, so why should our catwalks be so white?”


Last year, in an interview with Miss Vogue, she spoke again about the frustrations and discrimination black models are confronted with.

“I find it weird when agents say, ‘You’re the only black girl booked for the show. Isn’t it great?’ Why is that great? “I don’t know why people applaud designers for having just one ethnic model. It’s not like only one type of woman loves fashion.”

Dunn has been modelling for about 9 years now and was discovered by Storm Models outside Primark in Hammersmith, London at the age of 15.


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