We’ve been wondering for a while why Jourdan Dunn, one of Britain’s top models (and also one of the highest paid in the world), had yet to be featured by herself on the cover of Vogue U.K. Today, the model revealed her very first solo act on the British fashion bible and, needless to say, it’s been a long time coming. Since her last appearance on the magazine’s November 2008 cover, Jourdan’s star has skyrocketed, so it’s a little suspect that she hadn’t been chosen for a cover sooner. Regardless, we’re thrilled that the model’s time to shine has finally arrived.
It has been 12 years since a black professional model has gotten a solo cover for the magazine (Naomi Campbell was the last in 2002), so this is a BIG win for Jourdan who back in August tweeted about her then lack of a Vogue U.K. solo cover. “So if British Vogue puts me on the cover now it would be because they were bullied into it not because I’m deserving of one…… lol ok,” she tweeted, referencing an article by The Guardian questioning Vogue U.K.’s choice not to use her. Obviously, the seasoned Burberry, DKNY, YSL Beauty and Balmain face has done more than enough to prove that she’s worthy of this honor.
This morning, her sentiments were clearly the opposite, as a gleeful Jourdan shared an image of her cover shot on social media, captioned with praise hands galore. “I’m so Happy to finally say I’M ON THE COVER OF BRITISH VOGUE!!! Thank you @britishvogue, Patrick Demarchelier and Kate Phelan for making this happen and also thank you all for the Love and Support it means everything to me #2015YearOfTheDunn.”
Looks like Vogue U.K. is off to a great start for 2015, which is more than we can say for last year’s issues. The magazine released a collage today revealing a collection of 2014 cover models that are exclusively white:
Hopefully, the mag will continue to cast a wider range of fascinating, beautiful women for its covers. Congratulations to Jourdan — you deserve it!
Related: Diversity Report: Fashion Magazine Covers Still Pretty White in 2014
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