Model Jourdan Dunn Claims She Gets Paid Less Due to Her ‘Skin Tone’

MILAN, ITALY - SEPTEMBER 20: Jourdan Dunn and Karlie Kloss attend Swarovski Crystal Wonderland Party on September 20, 2017 in Milan, Italy. (Photo by Stefania M. D'Alessandro/Getty Images for Swarovski)
Stefania M. D'Alessandro/Getty Images for Swarovski

British model Jourdan Dunn says it is “fucked up” that she has been paid less than her white peers, such as Cara Delevigne and Karlie Kloss, supposedly because of 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) said in a recent interview on TTYA Talks podcast.

LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 04: Jourdan Dunn and Cara Delevingne attend Glamour Women of the Year Awards 2013 at Berkeley Square Gardens on June 4, 2013 in London, England. (Photo by Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images)

Jourdan Dunn and Cara Delevingne attend Glamour Women of the Year Awards 2013 at Berkeley Square Gardens on June 4, 2013 in London, England. (Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images)

“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 model added.

Dunn went on to vow that she will demand higher compensation going forward.

“I know I’m worth it — I know my worth, okay?” the model said. “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 said.

NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 14:  Models (L-R) Jourdan Dunn and Karlie Kloss poses wearing Diane Von Furstenberg Fall 2016 during New York Fashion Week on February 14, 2016 in New York City.  (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images)

Models (L-R) Jourdan Dunn and Karlie Kloss poses wearing Diane Von Furstenberg Fall 2016 during New York Fashion Week on February 14, 2016 in New York City. (Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images)

In 2014, Dunn became the first black British model to make it onto Forbes‘ top-earning models list. The runway star has twice earned a spot on the rich list, with an annual income of more than $3 million.

Last year, Dunn expressed concern for her young son’s future in a letter she penned for the November issue of Harper’s Bazaar.

LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 25: Jourdan Dunn attends The Summer Party 2019, Presented By Serpentine Galleries And Chanel, at The Serpentine Gallery on June 25, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images)

 Jourdan Dunn attends The Summer Party 2019, Presented By Serpentine Galleries And Chanel, at The Serpentine Gallery on June 25, 2019 in London, England. (Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images)

In her letter, the model encouraged her son to be a “joyful black boy” in a world determined to paint him differently.

“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.”

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