On the surface Jourdan Dunn is the total package: she’s leggy, athletic and has a killer complexion. But, even supermodels have their insecurities. In a recent interview with Glamour magazine, the 26-year-old spoke out against body shaming, according to Daily Mail.
After a successful 11-year modeling career, the English beauty is trying her hand in the design aspect of fashion; her collection in collaboration with online retailer Missguided, dubbed LonDunn x Missguided, goes live in March.
“When asked about how the range reaches ‘real women’ [Dunn] was quick to point out that she herself, is a ‘real woman’ as she responded with an incensed answer,” according to Daily Mail.
“I don’t really like the term ‘real women,'” says Dunn.
“When you compare ‘real women’ to models, it’s like they are not real, and it’s like, what do you mean? I live on earth. I have breasts. I have a vagina. I am very much real.”
The interviewers question regarding “real women” suggests that a supermodel like Dunn, with seemingly superhuman beauty, poise and talent must be fake; Dunn made it clear that is not the case.
“Just because [supermodels] don’t have any body fat and have faces rockstars write love songs about” certainly doesn’t mean they are not real women, according to Maria Pasquini, a writer for Galore.
Dunn just so happens to possess a handful of desirable features; she is 6-feet tall with chiseled cheekbones and a striking jawline. To say that Dunn, or any supermodel for that matter, is not a “real woman” because of her appearance only furthers the body shaming these critics condemn.
Body shaming, as defined by Google, is “the action or practice of humiliating someone by making mocking or critical comments about their body shape or size.”
So, when the so-called feminists who preach “real women have curves; dogs like bones” attack a supermodel for being “too thin,” or discredit her accomplishments and hard work by suggesting she had cosmetic surgery or uses other unnatural methods to enhance her appearance, they are body shaming.
Before her discovery in 2006, Dunn admits to being extremely self-conscious about her tall, slim figure, which proves all types of women–not just overweight or curvy women–fall victim to insecurities and body shaming.
“I was self-conscious of being so lanky, of being me,” Dunn said in an interview with Islandistas.
“I’d keep my head down, make excuses not to go out. I’d look in the mirror and hate myself. I thought I was disgusting. I cried constantly from 11 to 16.”
At the age of 15 Dunn was scouted by an agent from Storm Model Management, with whom she is still signed today, while shopping with a friend at a London Primark. The following autumn, Dunn made her runway debut walking for the likes of Marc Jacobs and Polo Ralph Lauren during New York Fashion Week.
Since then, Dunn has been featured on the covers of Vogue, British Vogue, Vogue Italia and W Magazine, among others. She appears in campaigns for Yves Saint Laurent, Victoria’s Secret, Free People and Saks Fifth Avenue, among others. In the spring of 2010 she walked the runway for Jean Paul Gaultier with a noticeable baby bump. Dunn also walked the runway later that year during London Fashion Week ten weeks after giving birth to her son at age 19, according to British Vogue.
Whether she won the genetic lottery or worked hard to be where she is today (I’m willing to bet it is a combination of the two), Dunn is certainly human–and all her fellow models, too. Embracing our differences and celebrating one another’s beauty is what feminism should really be about.