Jourdan Dunn claims she is paid less than other models for jobs because of her ‘skin tone’.
The beauty, 30, claimed her ‘best friends in the industry’ and fellow supermodels Cara Delevingne and Karlie Kloss had ‘different rates’ for her work.
The star said she thought the difference in treatment was ‘so sad’ but that she now ‘knows her worth’ and has learned to ‘own her voice’ by asking what she wants.
Frank: Jourdan Dunn claims she was paid less than other models for jobs because of her ‘skin tone’
On the TTYA Talks podcast, she said, ‘I remember the girls I came up with, like my best friends in the industry, Cara and Karlie, I know their rate was different from my rate even though we were doing the same job.
‘When I think about that, it’s so damn what’s the difference? But the difference is clearly the skin color.
‘But now I know what I’m worth and I’m going to ask for it.
Speaking of which, the beauty, 30, claimed her ‘best friends in the industry’ and fellow supermodels Cara Delevingne (left) and Karlie Kloss (right) had ‘different rates’ for her work
‘Even for me now it’s just owning your voice and knowing your worth.
Representatives for Karlie and Cara have been contacted by MailOnline for further comment.
Also on the podcast, Jourdan said she’s working to make a difference in the modeling industry when it comes to equality.
Change: The star said she thought the difference in treatment was ‘so sad’ but now she ‘knows her worth’ and has learned to ‘own her voice’ by asking what she wants
She said, “Now when I have the creative direction to choose who I want on shoots, I always make sure to bring in black young creatives.
When you have an audience, it is important to speak up when you have something to say, but pay close attention to the way it comes across.
‘I learn as I go along with social media, it’s all about the way you use it.’
Successful: Jourdan was the first black British model to enter the rich list of Forbes models in 2014
Jourdan was the first black British model to enter the rich list of Forbes models in 2014.
It comes after the runway star shared concerns about her son Riley’s future in an emotional letter over “cases of injustice and cruelty against black people.”
The model admitted that her son’s innocence has been ‘shocked’ and that she feels helpless to comfort him, while also feeling ‘scared’ after recent events.
In the letter, written for the November issue of Harper’s Bazaar, she encouraged her son to be a “happy black boy” in a world determined to paint him differently.
An excerpt from the letter read: ‘My love for you is so deep. My mission is to bring you the best examples of affection, nurturing and caring.
Concern: It comes after the runway star shared concerns about son Riley’s future in a letter (photo: Jourdan, Riley and her fiancé Dion Hamilton)
‘At times I felt helpless to find the right way to comfort you when I was hurt myself – scared, hurt, and angry. Like me, you occasionally lose faith in humanity, but it will be restored again and again.
‘You owe nothing to people – but you owe it to yourself to be happy and carefree and set this world on fire. Be a happy black boy in a society that wants to portray you in a different light. ‘
Jourdan gave birth to her son Riley in 2010 when she was 19 years old, and returned to modeling nine months later, managing motherhood and her career ever since.
Elsewhere, she celebrated her 30th birthday in August, marking the milestone with a lavish celebration.
Despite the ongoing pandemic, the British beauty had a year of celebrations after announcing her engagement to partner Dion Hamilton in February 2020.
Jourdan has kept information about her rapper beau a secret, but has hinted that they started dating in 2019 when she shared a photo of him while vacationing in Jamaica.
Engaged! Despite the pandemic, the British beauty had a year of celebrations after announcing her engagement to her partner Dion in February 2020