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Jourdan Dunn Is the First Solo Black Model to Cover Vogue UK in 12 Years

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Vogue UK's February 2015 issue cover model Jourdan Dunn has officially broken the magazine's 12-year-long streak of not featuring solo black models on the cover. According to the Telegraph, the last time Vogue UK featured a solo black model on the cover was Naomi Campbell in August 2002. Since then, the magazine has featured black celebrities including Beyoncé and Rihanna, and Dunn shared a cover with other white models in November 2008, but this is her first solo appearance.

Hopefully this won't be as much of an anomaly in the future, although The Fashion Spot's recent rundown of diversity in magazine covers revealed that the overwhelming majority of cover stars in 2014 were white. Dunn has been vocal about racism in the fashion industry, namely through a well-publicized Twitter feud with Dior and comments during a Miss Vogue interview on the lack of black models on the runway. This morning she instagrammed the Vogue UK cover, expressing to followers how happy she was that she could finally say she's on the cover of British Vogue.
· Jourdan Dunn becomes the first solo black model to cover British Vogue in 12 years [Telegraph]
· Why Did Sienna Miller Get Another Vogue Cover? [Racked]
· Magazine Cover Models Still Overwhelmingly White in 2014 [Racked]