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KOKOnista Of The Day: Inspirational Jourdan Dunn Is Helping To Raise Awareness Of Sickle-cell Disease And Diversity In The Modelling Industry

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Jourdan Dunn is a British model and actress who is leading the fight for diversity in the modelling industry.


Jourdan Dunn was born in Brent, London. Jourdan grew up in nearby Greenford with her mother. She attended Elthorne Park High School in Hanwell.
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Jourdan is of Jamaican, Grenadian and Syrian-Lebanese descent. She admitted to being self-conscious as a teenager, due to her height and weight.

She stated that whilst growing up, people would often tell her she should become a model, but she was apprehensive as she was not really sure what a model did. She commented that shows like America’s Next Top Model intrigued her, as they gave her a new perspective of the job.

In early 2006, at the age of 15, she was scouted by an agent from Storm Management, while accompanying a friend in a London’s Hammersmith Primark store.


She began appearing on international runways in early 2007. In February 2008, she was the first black model to walk a Prada runway in over a decade.

In April 2014, it was announced that Dunn was signed as the new face of Maybelline New York. As of July 2014, she was declared an icon by models.com. Dunn is considered to be one of her generation’s supermodels.

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Jourdan has been leading and inspiring with her philanthropic work raising awareness for Sickle-cell disease and her consistent activism for diversity within the modelling industry. Photo Credit: Getty

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