Jourdan Dunn believes she’s been paid less than she likes of Cara Delevingne and Karlie Kloss because of her ‘skin tone’.
The 30-year-old model, who was scouted when she was just 15, hates the inequality she’s witnessed in the fashion industry but now knows how to stand up for herself.
‘Even for me now it’s just owning your voice and knowing your worth,’ Jourdan explained.
‘I remember the girls I came up with, like my best friends in the industry, Cara and Karlie, I know their rate was different to my rate, even though we were doing the same jobs.’
She added to The Sun: ‘When I think about that it’s so f*cked up, like what is the difference? But clearly, the difference is the skin tone.
‘But now I know my worth and I’m going to ask for it.’
Jourdan has taken inspiration from Chanel Iman – the former Victoria’s
Secret Angel – as she’s established herself in the fashion industry.
‘Backstage at shows, Chanel would say if she didn’t like something with her hair and make-up.
‘I would normally just hold it in and then be in the bathroom and try to
change it as I didn’t want to offend anyone.
‘But seeing her do that, I realised at the end of the day I am a brand
and I need to look a certain way and I need to make sure I look good in
a way that’s not disrespectful.’
Jourdan wants the industry to become more equal and is determined to
play her part in helping to instigate change.
Speaking to the TTYA Talks podcast, she said: ‘Now when I have the creative direction of being able to choose who I want on shoots, I always make sure I bring on black young creatives.’
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