Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Jordan Dunn and Chanel Iman for Teen Vogue

Check out the Uber-Fabulous spread of Chanel Iman and Jordan Dunn in Teen Vogue. The interview including everything from Jordan's unplanned pregnancy and how her mother took the news, to Jordan and Chanel barely speaking due to the competition amongst black models. Check out a snippit of the interview below (click here to view entire interview) and the spread from the interview.

Which brings us back to Chanel and the story she has to tell. "I could sit here and tell you, 'I love Jourdan! We've always been the best of friends!'" she says. "But we haven't. Until recently, we barely even spoke. We went from being superclose in the beginning," she says, "to dead silence if we saw each other backstage at a show." Not even a hello? "If we did say hi, it was hi, and that's it."

"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?!'"

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