In terms of the celebrities we want as our real-life best friends, Jourdan Dunn pretty much tops the list. She’s honest about her emotions and mental health on social media, she’s a hard-working mum to her eight-year-old son Riley, and she gave the best acceptance speech when she won the Entrepreneur Award at last year’s Glamour’s awards.
“You have to think of the possibilities because anything is possible,” she said. “I’m a girl from Greenford who got pregnant at 19 and I’m here in front of you guys.”
Sure, we loved Jourdan before that speech. But ever since, she’s been our number one gal. So we were delighted when we got the chance to catch up with the funny, clued-up, down-to-earth 27-year-old. We talked girl squads, skincare tips, motherhood, and her brand new partnership with smartwater…
“Without my mum, I don’t know how I’d raise my son”
Juggling a career and motherhood can be tough for any woman, but when it comes to flying all over the world for her modelling career, Jourdan relies heavily on her support system. “My mum is amazing, she loves looking after Riley in London while I’m abroad,” she says. “I honestly don’t know what I’d do without her. I’m a mother before I’m a model, but the balance can be so hard to get right. But when I’m away, Riley and I schedule FaceTimes all the time. He didn’t used to like it when he was younger – it was hard for him to see me on a screen but not be with me in person – but now he has his own iPad, he’s always video calling me for a chat. I miss him, but I like to show him the importance of working hard and doing what you love.”