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Jourdan Dunn Discusses Racism in Modeling with Vogue UK, Irony Is Lost on No One

Image: WENN

Image: WENN

Tall, leggy, thin — Jourdan Dunn has a body plenty of women would kill for. But, as they say, the grass is always greener and Jourdan wasn’t always so happy with the way she looked. The Vogue U.K. cover star told the magazine that it is still sometimes strange to hear that people are envious of her physique. “I get uncomfortable when I read comments saying, ‘I wanna look like you, I wish I had your body,'” she said. “When I was growing up I didn’t love myself, or like what I saw in the mirror. Curves are celebrated in Caribbean culture, so I felt the odd one out. So my message is: be happy and love yourself.”

Jourdan also discusses the topic of racism in fashion. Ironic for a magazine that took 12 years to feature a black professional model solo on its cover. “It’s hard being a model regardless, and then being a black model. I have heard, ‘Oh, we haven’t shown any black models this season.’ So blasé… It’s messed up.” Indeed.

Maybe Vogue U.K. will take Jourdan’s words to heart and start thinking about featuring a more diverse group of women on its covers in 2015 and beyond. 

[via Vogue UK]