British mannequin Jourdan Dunn says it’s “fucked up” that she has been paid lower than her white friends, comparable to Cara Delevigne and Karlie Kloss, supposedly due to her “skin tone.”
“The girls that I came up with, like, my best friends in the industry, Cara and Karlie, like, I know for a fact that their rate was different to my rate, even though we came up the same, and we were doing the same jobs,” Dunn (pictured, left) stated in a recent interview on TTYA Talks podcast.
“And, like, when I think about it, I’m like, ‘That is so fucked up,’ like, what is the difference? Really and truly? But clearly the difference is the skin tone,” the mannequin added.
Dunn went on to vow that she is going to demand larger compensation going ahead.
“I know I’m worth it — I know my worth, okay?” the mannequin stated. “So, like, I am going to ask for it. And if you don’t ask, you don’t get.”
“Even for me now it’s just owning your voice, and knowing your worth,” she stated.
In 2014, Dunn grew to become the primary black British mannequin to make it onto Forbes‘ top-earning fashions listing. The runway star has twice earned a spot on the rich list, with an annual earnings of greater than $3 million.
Last 12 months, Dunn expressed concern for her younger son’s future in a letter she penned for the November difficulty of Harper’s Bazaar.
In her letter, the mannequin inspired her son to be a “joyful black boy” in a world decided to color him in a different way.
“I worry that this world will break your kind and loving spirit,” she wrote. “Your innocence has been shaken by the recent cases of injustice and brutality against black people.”