Supermodel Jourdan Dunn has never been one to bite her tongue about the lack of diversity on the runway or in magazines. Although the most recent New York Fashion Week had a little bit more “color” to its runway, Dunn isn’t impressed at all. Over the last year, Dunn has shared her own stories of racism and being the “token” black girl for many designers. Dunn has even experienced make-up artists not wanting to touch her skin because she’s black.
When Bethann Hardison took the fashion industry to task last year about the lack of diversity on the runway, Dunn joined the campaigned. Dunn tweeted last year how she was finally happy to be passed over for a campaign, not because of her skin color, but because of her body.
“I’m normally told I’m cancelled because I’m ‘coloured,’” she wrote, “so being cancelled because of my boobs is a minor : )”
In an upcoming interview with Miss Vogue, Dunn is still challenging the lack of diversity and isn’t going to wear the idea that designers tell her to be lucky she’s the only black girl as a badge of honor.
“I don’t know why people applaud designers for having just one ethnic model. It’s not like only one type of woman loves fashion,” The 23-year-old the mag.
“I find it weird when [model] agents say, ‘You’re the only black girl booked for the show. Isn’t it great?’ Why is it great?” she adds.
Dunn expressed similar sentiments last year when she spoke of having ethnic models as a trend. She told Fashionista.com, “I mean, there was a season where ethnic models were being represented and then it went back to the same routine of just using one or none at all. It seems like [non-white models] are only cast when it’s hot for one season and everyone jumps on board. It’s a look.”
Maybe one day the fashion industry will come to its senses and realize some of their biggest consumers are the women who don’t see their image on the runway and actually do something real about it, instead of adding drops of “color” here and there to appease the masses.