Chanel & Jourdan Take TeenVogue

3 11 2009
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Jourdan & Chanel's teenVOGUE cover

These two young supermodel’s are bringing much-needed diversity into the fashion industry. The November issue of teenVOGUE showcases the industries leading black models. I love them both!

Jourdan Dunn

Nineteen-year-old Jourdan Dunn was discovered at a chain store in her native London by the same agency that lifted Kate Moss out of obscurity. She quickly established herself in the fashion elite with a history-making turn on the runway at Prada—the five-foot-ten Brit was the first black model to walk a Prada show in over a decade, the last one to do so having been Naomi Campbell in the nineties. “Everyone kept saying, ‘Jourdan, you know how huge it is if you do this,'” she says. “Prada is notorious for cancelling girls last minute, so I was like, Okay, I’m confirmed, but I’m not going to get all excited until I’m actually on the runway. As I was lining up, I was still thinking, Any minute now they can come round and tell me, ‘Jourdan, you’re not doing the show.’ So once I turned the corner and stepped onto the runway, I was like, Oh my God, I’m doing Prada!'”

Chanel Iman

For those of you who have never opened a magazine before, here’s a little background on Chanel. Her full name is Chanel Iman Robinson. Yes, she was named after that Chanel; no, not after that Iman (her cousin happens to share the name with the seventies supermodel). Chanel grew up in Los Angeles, signed with Ford Models at twelve, landed her first Vogue cover at sixteen, and now at eighteen is one of the youngest Victoria’s Secret models in the company’s history. She’s appeared as a guest judge on America’s Next Top Model, hosted by another former super (she calls Tyra Banks “my mentor”). She’s assumed such a high profile that her name regularly pops up in gossip columns like “Page Six,” which have romantically linked her to everyone from Kanye West to music producer Ryan Leslie. She claims both are “just friends.” Her actual boyfriend, who hangs out on the sidelines during the interview, is, by her own account, “just a regular guy.”

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Last month the Jourdan Dunn and Chanel Iman also appeared together along side models Sessilee Lopez and Arlenis Sosa Pena for the September 2009 cover of i-D magazine. The magazine’s black models cover has the four supermodels winking against a backdrop of colorful graffiti.

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At the shoot the girls discussed the difficulty of being an “ethnic” model in today’s fashion industry.

Jourdan says on the topic, “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 bullsh*t. It creates an unnecessary competition when we should be standing together.” Chanel adds in, “It usually takes an ethnic girl — I’m not saying black, I’m saying ethnic, let’s make that clear — twice as long. We’ve gotta work extra-hard to stay in the game and stay with the girls who do well but aren’t ethnic.  Some girls can skip seasons, but us ethnic girls, we cannot skip a season because that’ll kill us.” However, Jourdan will actually be out for a season considering her pregnancy. Jourdan keeps her boyfriend very private but she did say at the shoot, “My boyfriend didn’t even know I was a model when I started going out with him and we’ve been together for three years now. It’s hard, you never really know whether people want to be around Jourdan or Jourdan Dunn, and he’s been there from when I was just Jourdan.”

A pregnant Jourdan Dunn did make an appearance in Jean Paul Gaultier’s Spring 2010 Ready-to-Wear fashion show…

In her seventh month of pregnancy — she’s due with a boy in December — Jourdan Dunn hit her first catwalk of the season  in a padded cone bra and baby bump plate for Jean Paul Gaultier.

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3 11 2009
slim_breezy

lmao but omgggg this is so awesome gurl, I SEE YOU BOO DOING BIG THINGS!!!! i love love love; keep doing your thing boo, you will go far. && i read the whole thing too , holla @ me! n i read the other article too bout what not to wear lmao that was nice too. HOLLAAAAA!!!!!

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