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Leomie And Friends: Meet Jourdan Dunn

Leomie And Friends: Meet Jourdan Dunn

To mark Women's History Month and celebrate the drop of Leomie Anderson’s exclusive LAPP capsule for FLANNELS, the model-turned-designer sat down with her squad in a series of no-holds-barred interviews.

Bringing the LAPP ethos of inclusivity, diversity and feminism to life, the series delves deep. From rapper Ms Banks on coming up as a Black artist to personal trainer Ciara London on developing her business during lockdown, the conversation centres around inspiring women, the challenges we all have to face and, of course, the brilliance of Leomie’s label LAPP, which endeavours to make sportswear more inclusive.

The final in the series is British supermodel, actress and former face of FLANNELS Jourdan Dunn.

Known for her mouth-watering ‘Dunn’s Kitchen’ cooking tutorials on IGTV, walking the Victoria’s Secret catwalk thrice and appearing as a guest judge on this year’s Ru Paul’s Drag Race UK, Dunn has had plenty of opportunities knock on her door. Manifesting positivity and success, she opens up about learning to act, her experience with therapy and raising a Black son.





GET TO KNOW JOURDAN DUNN 

On therapy…

I realised like wow, I’m a forever work in progress and I’m always going to have to work on myself. I think therapy is something for everybody. I would highly recommend it.

 

On mornings…

I started reading this book by Robin Sharma called The 5AM Club and honestly it changed my life. You just feel more alert, and I have that time for me. I live in a house with my son and my fiancée and people want me here and there - those hours are just for me. I can wake up, have my tea, do my morning stretches, do my meditation, write in my journal, write my intention for the day, do my exercise and then I’m like ok, I feel ready and set.

 

On motherhood and modelling…

Honestly, I’m not gonna sit here and be like ‘oh yeah it was all me.’ I have such a great team, such a great support system. I’m so blessed that my mum was very hands on and allowed me to be able to travel, she was like ‘Jourdan don’t worry I’ve got it, he’s good’. I had really supportive agents that understood that I’m a mum first.

 

On finding your own lane…

Find your thing and own that, kill that. Not everybody wants to be an entrepreneur, not everybody wants to put in the work, it’s not easy. But they see the end product of it all and they wanna be a boss bitch, but they don’t see that there’s actually work and not everybody has that in them, and that’s ok.



Ciara London wears LAPP top, leggings and bra
Ciara London wears LAPP top, leggings and bra




On self-care…

I’ve made more of an effort to start reading again because I feel like it’s such a form of escapism for me, I love reading. Now, I’m reading a book called The Mastery of Love, it’s really interesting. I like to mix it up, sometimes I read self-help books then I move onto fiction, I like different genres.

 

On cooking…

During lockdown, being able to try different recipes and getting to experiment and sharing that with my family has been fun, and getting Riley involved as well, he’s been on my case. We’ve decided that we’re gonna go into business with each other and we’re gonna make our own hot sauces and spices.

On raising a Black son…

I’m not gonna lie, it’s flipping scary, even just the fact that you are responsible for this human being first and foremost this little person, well he’s not even little anymore, he’s like big man. But he looks up to you, he’s like counting on you. There’s that, then there’s the outside world. Then it’s being a Black boy. Then it’s everything that comes with it.

On LAPP…

Honestly, I just love the fact that in any LAPP pants my batty looks great. You really catered for that. Even the jogging bottoms, it’s something with the pockets, it sits correct.

On inspiring women…

It will always forever be my mum. Watching her when I was growing up, seeing her handle everything with no complaints, just doing it, getting things done, I admire that. I’ve always been like “I’m gonna be like that, I’m gonna be independent”. I just wanna be like my mum.

On acting…

I’ve always seen myself in a Marvel movie to get a little credit for my son, cos he’s a marvel fanatic. I think I could kill a Bridgeton character; I could see that.

Ciara London quote


Don’t miss the rest of our interview series with Leomie and Friends on Style News.