Jourdan Dunn Lands All-Black Italian ‘Vogue’

Heir to Naomi's throne? Photo: imaxtree


The rumors about an all-black issue of Italian Vogue are true! And its cover girl could be none other than 17-year-old rising star Jourdan Dunn. We're not surprised Dunn landed the issue, considering she was the first black model to walk Prada this past Fashion Week in Milan since Naomi Campbell in 1997. Steven Meisel shot the entire issue with zero white models, in hopes the move will encourage other magazines to diversify. Let's hope designers like Miuccia Prada will notice and, you know, expand the castings beyond Dunn. (Seriously, Miu — eleven years?! Ridic.) Landing Prada isn't the only thing Dunn has in common with Campbell. British Vogue notes:

Naomi Campbell has always been outspoken about racism in fashion and 17-year-old Dunn, who was famously scouted in the Hammersmith branch of Primark in London, recently added her voice to the debate.


"London's not a white city so why should all our castings be white? I go to castings and see several black and Asian girls, then I get to the show and look around and there's just me and maybe one other coloured face," she told the Evening Standard. "They just don't get picked. I hope it's because the designer just didn't think they were good enough as a model but I don't know."

Dunn also spoke very articulately on the issue in the Guardian, saying she plans to go back to school for business so she can start an agency for black, Asian, and Hispanic models. We feel a girl crush coming on.

DUNN MAKING HISTORY [British Vogue]