Jourdan Dunn, 28, is an English supermodel and actress, who was discovered in Hammersmith Primark in 2006 and signed to Storm Model Management in London shortly thereafter.
Though she looks like she has no worries, Jourdan Dunn is just as human as the next person. On her Instagram page, she captures travel, fashion and other insightful posts about her life, and one can be led to think that everything in her life is a bed of roses.
Not like it is a bed of roses, but it isn’t also a bush of thorns. In an interview with Harpers Bazzar, at the venue of the dinner to celebrate her new collection with Calzedonia and her recent appointment at the brand’s UK ambassador she said,
It’s weird to think that [my followers] wouldn’t think I was going through any personal struggles, but I’m still human. I think it’s a toxic place, especially when you are so wrapped up in it. People don’t know the difference between reality and Instagram and I think that’s dangerous.
Dunn is known for mixing her posts on glamorous events and model shots with posts on her personal life, dealing with mental health difficulties etc. She has also posted an open letter which detailed her battle with depression and self doubt.
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She tells Harpers Bazaar that she tries to make time for herself and doesn’t get too caught up with social media.
I make sure that I take the time out to really listen to my body and my thoughts and to make sure I’m on point, because if I’m not then I can just crash and burn.
She also highlights how she tries to take a few minutes to really focus on herself, every morning by waking up five minutes earlier to gather her thoughts and do a little reading.
If I’m not 100 per cent, then I won’t be able to be the best me, the best mum I can be or the best daughter, sister, model, friend, so it’s really important for me to be able to look after myself.
She notes that it is a lot easier to get discovered now, as all you really need to do is have one post go viral. “You have these platforms and all you need to do is just have one thing to go viral, whether that’s a tweet or a video.”
About the modeling industry, Dunn says,
I’ve definitely seen improvements. I only did two shows this season, Burberry and Off-White, and it was really nice and refreshing seeing more than just one token black or Asian girl. I just want it to be the norm when we see a woman of colour on the cover.
Though there are all these changes, she says the industry still has a long way to go.
Dunn’s winter campaign with Calzedonia is out now.