Long legs, razor-sharp cheekbones and a $4 million dollar paycheck – Jourdan Dunn has it all. But though she’s blossomed into a jet-setting in-demand high fashion model, Dunn says she didn’t always feel as confident in herself as she does now. The model sat down with the Sunday Times to talk about the struggles she faced coming to terms with her look as a teenager.
“I didn’t want to leave the house,” she said. “I didn’t want to look in the mirror. I would feel physically sick. I hated being me. I hated going to school. I already didn’t like the way I looked and now people were making me feel bad.” Even after Dunn nabbed herself a modeling contract around the age of 16, she still had esteem issues with her self image. “Once I did get scouted, and would get turned down for jobs because I was so too skinny, it was really damaging for me.”
But Dunn grew to embrace her career as a model after she became pregnant with her now five-year-old son Riley, who has sickle cell anemia. Having a young child with an illness made her realize that she was in a great position to provide for her kid, so she stuck with modeling and the rest? Well, that’s history.
“I thought to myself: Jourdan, you have this great career in front of you. You can set your son up for life. Just go for it.”