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Chanel Iman & Jourdan Dunn do Teen Vogue!

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Two of the most beautiful, young chocolate models have graced their radiant smiles on the Teen Vogue cover for November 2009!


With matching make-up, looking very blissful and beaming beautiful smiles, Chanel Iman and Jourdan are the ladies that make black beautiful for fashion, giving other young and up-coming African models a stepping stone to have their time to shine!  In the new issue, Chanel Iman and Jourdan bring unique beauty, legs long enough for miles to come and runways that are much needed for diversity.


Jourdan, who is currently pregnant at the tender age of 19, has much support from the industry, media and Chanel Iman.  She revealed in Teen Vogue’s interview at 19, her mother also had Jourdan when she was young.  Though Jourdan is facing a harsh reality, there is a harsher reality in the fashion industry: the “blackout”.


The “blackout” in the fashion industry means that most editorial shoots, go-sees or runway shows aren’t having a variety of models of colour.  Some are lucky to book few shows or shoots.  For Chanel Iman and Jourdan, it was more of a competition than friendship in the past. 

“It’s competition,” Jourdan says. “There aren’t a lot of us, but instead of sticking together, we’re pitted against each other. People will say things in Chanel’s ear like, ‘Jourdan is taking your spot,’ and then they’ll say to me, ‘Don’t trust Chanel.'”

A large part of the problem stems from the ridiculous idea that there’s only room for one. Chanel says, “You’re being told, ‘So and so is only booking one black girl. It’s either you or Jourdan,’ So we’ll be sitting in the lobby looking at each other like, ‘Okay, I want this job, and she wants it too. Which one of us is going to get it?'”

“I remember last season,” says Jourdan, “I was about to go into a casting, and my agent phoned and said, ‘Turn back. They decided they don’t want any black models.’ I was like, ‘They’re actually telling you that’s the reason? Are you serious?!'”


It makes people wonder, what kind of century are we, as human beings, living in?  The sadness that brings some models of colour that make them fight, when they can join together and improve the ‘blackout’ to a whole new light.  Always remember, “my black is beautiful” and indeed, we truly are!!

For the complete story pick up the November 2009 issue of Teen Vogue, on newsstands October 13!




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