Jourdan Dunn affected by role model status
Jourdan Dunn finds it somewhat scary knowing she's a role model to young girls.
The model may only be 25, but since she was scouted in 2006 she's become one of the biggest names in the fashion industry. Working for the likes of Burberry, Maybelline New York and British retailer Marks & Spencer has seen her become a household name, which comes with a lot of responsibility.
"It's kind of scary," she told Refinery29 of how it feels knowing the younger generation of women look up to her. "I try not to think about it, because at the end of the day, I'm still human and I'm still trying to figure out my life. But I know girls look up to me. I just want them to learn to love themselves, that it's okay to make mistakes, that it's okay if something doesn't work out. You just have to go over those little bumps in the road to get where you want to go."
Before thinking about how others see her, Jourdan makes sure she's a good mother to her son Riley, six. And while she now juggles her career and parenthood with ease, the brunette beauty remembers how negative people were when discovering she was pregnant and how it was an obstacle she fought to overcome.
"(Since having him,) I learned to have patience; you have to have patience when you're dealing with kids, and that helps with my job," she smiled. "There's so much madness going on on set, and now I'm patient with all of that. All the small stuff that we normally stress and worry about doesn't even compare to the bigger picture. And for me, the bigger picture is my son."
Another life lesson she has learnt over the years is to love herself, which took some time as she grew up extremely self-conscious of the way she looked. In the end she "reprogrammed" her negative thoughts and focused on the positive parts of her appearance.