Jourdan Dunn is Britain’s 2015 Model of the Year

Jourdan Dunn was named Model of the Year at the 2015 British Fashion Awards.

Jourdan Dunn was discovered in Hammersmith Primark in 2006 and signed to Storm Model Management in London shortly thereafter. She began appearing on international runways in early 2007. In February 2008, she was the first black model to walk a Prada runway in over a decade.

Jourdan Dunn
Jourdan Dunn Source; Rex Features

Jourdan Dunn has attracted attention because of the paucity of black models in the fashion modelling industry. In April 2014, it was announced that Dunn was signed as the new face of Maybelline New York. As of July 2014, she was declared an icon by In 2014, Forbes listed Dunn in their top-earning models list, estimated to have earned $4 million in one year. She was the first black British model to make the list.

Other awards include:

  • 2008 British Fashion Awards Model of the Year – Won
  • 2012 British Fashion Awards Model of the Year – Nominated
  • 2013 Harper’s Bazaar Women of The Year Model of the Year – Won
  • 2014 British Fashion Awards Model of the Year – Nominated
  • 2015 Glamour Women of the Year Inspiration Award – Won

W Magazine named her one of the “New Royals” on the October cover this year.

Jourdan Dunn
W Magazine 2015

Here is Jourdan Dunn in an editorial spread in the January 2016 Japan Vogue.

Jourdan Dunn
Japan Vogue 2016

In July 2008, Steven Meisel selected Dunn to appear on the cover of the Vogue Italia issue devoted entirely to black models. She has also been featured on the cover of American Vogue, British Vogue, Vogue Turkey, Vogue Japan and Teen Vogue, as well as covering i-D- eight times, W Magazine, Elle, Pop, Russh, Muse, The Sunday Times Style, Ponystep, Antidote and Luella.

She has been in campaigns for Ann Taylor, Burberry, Balmain, Calvin Klein, Yves Saint Laurent, DKNY, John Galliano, Victoria’s Secret, Tommy Hilfiger, Topshop, Jaeger, Rag & Bone, Gap, Aldo, Shiatzy Chen, Benetton, H&M, Banana Republic, Free People, Neiman Marcus, Pepe Jeans, Liu Jo and Saks Fifth Avenue, and was the face of Rihanna’s collections for River Island.

During the 2012 Summer Olympics closing ceremony, Jourdan Dunn was one of the British models wearing bespoke fashions created by British designers specifically for the event. She also made her Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show debut for the 2012 show.

In March 2013, Dunn appeared as the cover story in Net-a-Porter’s “The Edit.” In it she spoke of encountering discrimination telling the magazine that casting agents would say clients

“didn’t want any more black girls”.

In July 2013, Jourdan Dunn received media attention for tweeting that she had been cancelled from a Dior haute couture show, “for her boobs”; rather than her skin colour – which she noted, “usually happens”.

European Dialogue Skills and Migration

Skills and Migration

European Commission’s 1st Dialogue on Skills and Migration

In preparation of a possible reform of the EU Blue Card and a new Commission communication on legal migration and integration, the dialogue will help the Commission to better understand the challenges economic actors face with skills and labour shortages and the role played by skilled non-EU workers. These challenges will require new actions on labour migration and in facilitating labour market integration.

The public event will take place on 28 January 2016, with a session made of keynote-speeches, workshops and a conclusive session where outcomes of the discussions held on 27 and 28 January will be summarised. On 27 January, a dinner roundtable with selected representatives of public and private employers will take place on the basis of individual invitations sent by the Commission.

Registration for the 28 January session can be done here. Participation will be confirmed by the Commission as there are very limited places in the selected venue.

European Commission

Cercle de Lorraine, Brussels

28/01/2016 at 08:30

28/01/2016 at 12:45


Rita Bosaho 1st black woman in Spanish Parliament

Rita Bosaho
Born in Equatorial Guinea, Bosaho moved to Spain more than 30 years ago, working as nurse before she became involved in politics. Photograph: Morell/EPA

Source: The Guardian

Podemos’ Rita Bosaho becomes Spain’s first female black MP

As Spanish politicians gear up for what could be weeks of political wrangling, the unprecedented election result has ushered in another first for the country, with Podemos’ Rita Bosaho becoming the first black person to win a seat in Spain’s parliament.

It’s about time, isn’t it?,”

Bosaho told El País. In Spain immigrants make up about 15% of the population but represent less than 1% of the country’s lawmakers.

Born in Equatorial Guinea, 50-year-old Bosaho moved to Spain more than three decades ago, working as a nurse before she made the jump to politics. Motivated by what she calls an


for human rights and worried about what kind of world she was leaving behind for her child, she decided to add her name to the list of Podemos candidates in the coastal city of Alicante.

It’s a window that’s open to the future,”

she said of her party.  The amount of attention she has received in recent weeks has surprised her, she told Spanish news agency Efe.

Why is it so striking that a black woman could end up in parliament? What does that say about us all being integrated?

The dearth of diversity in Spain’s institutions, she said, comes down to a lack of opportunities.

It’s a structural problem that needs to be put in context, looking at the social panorama of Spain.

Known in Alicante for her activism in gender issues, one of her goals is to push the central government to do more to address violence against women and raise the profile of women in government.

We talk about rights and equality and the constitution protects us,

said Bosaho.

But what happens with institutional representation or women in business? Why aren’t our voices being heard there?

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