Jourdan Dunn once considered getting calf implants because she was bullied over her slim legs.
The 29-year-old model, who is of Caribbean descent, felt left out as her slim frame never matched the rest of her family, who all had curves.
“Being Caribbean, everybody in my family has curves,” she told British Vogue. “My mum is curvy, my cousins.”
She went on to reveal that she was teased by other kids for having “chicken legs,” and the bullying had her contemplating plastic surgery.
“When I was younger, I was actually thinking of having calf implants,” Jourdan sadly shared.
However, while she struggled with her insecurities over her figure, her thinner frame was sought after when she became a model.
“Being a young girl, growing up in the industry and having your insecurities get you jobs – it’s highlighted,” she explained.
Jourdan, who became the first black model to walk in a Prada runway show in 10 years back in 2008, has been calling for more diversity in the fashion industry since she began her career, and is frustrated that she’s still having to fight for equality.
“I did start feeling like a lone voice because I felt like, ‘I’m being vocal and my peers are being silent.’ I was like, ‘I don’t want to talk about this anymore. Why am I the only one? You’re going through the same thing. You look like me,'” she shared.
She credits social media with helping to create awareness and call for change and admires the younger generation for having a voice.
“Everybody comes together and backs each other now. It’s not just one person,” Jourdan said. “What I love about this generation is that everyone’s so fearless and everyone has a voice – people are not gonna let things slide anymore. I don’t believe that it can go backwards, because people won’t allow it.”
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