British model brands the industry racist
London based model Jourdan Dunn has spoken out about racism in the fashion industry.
The seventeen year old who was discovered while browsing the rails in Primark is one of the few black models to have featured during this month’s London Fashion Week, and has spoken out about the event’s lack of non-white faces.
‘London is not a white city, so why should our catwalks be so white?’ Dunn asked while speaking to The Independent this weekend.
‘I go to castings and see several black and Asian girls, then I get to the show and look around and there is just me and maybe one other coloured face. They just don’t get picked. I hope it’s because the designer just did not think they were good enough as a model, but I don’t know.’
Dunn is not the first model to speak out at the lack of black faces on the catwalk. Naomi Campbell has consistently been vocal on the matter, and added last week, ‘Women of colour are not a trend. That’s the bottom line.’
Dunn was discovered by a Storm model scout in 2006, and has since starred in campaigns for Topshop and Gap, aswell as making appearances on the catwalk for Marc Jacobs, Ralph Lauren, Diane Von Fürstenberg and Tommy Hilfiger.