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    Miu; dress by Christopher
    Kane; shoes by
    Saint Laurent by
    Hedi Slimane;
    bag by Christian
    earrings by Marni;
    cuff by Valentino;
    ring by Aurélie

    Models are tall and thin – that's a given. But Jourdan Dunn, well, she could almost make Naomi Campbell look squat. Towering in the Alaïa leopard-print stiletto boots she's wearing this morning, she must be at least 6ft 4in.

    “I know,” she says, almost ruefully, “and tall girls aren't supposed to wear heels, are they? But hey, I'm a giant... so what?”

    Sunk deeply in an armchair, her knees almost up to her chin, Dunn, 22, is wearing what she always wears when she doesn't have to dress up: tight black Topshop jeans (waist 26, length 34) and a casual sweatshirt – this particular one is by LA-based designer Brian Lichtenberg and has Grace Jones on the front of it.

    Reminiscent of a young Beverly Johnson (the first African-American woman to appear on the cover of US Vogue in 1974) with that caramel skin and those feline cheekbones, Dunn comes across as both otherworldly and everywoman. Though her heritage is Jamaican, there is something

    about her almond-shaped eyes that looks almost Chinese. “People often say that,” she says. “My great grandmother was half Syrian... perhaps it's that.”

    Discovered at the age of 14 while wandering around the sunglasses department of her local Primark store, Dunn, from west London, first hit the public consciousness when, at the age of 17, she appeared on the Prada catwalk – the first black model to do so since Campbell 11 years earlier. Since then, she has appeared on the cover of Vogue Italia, won Model Of The Year at the British Fashion Awards, appeared at the Olympic Closing Ceremony and fronted campaigns for Burberry, Yves Saint Laurent and Tommy Hilfiger.

    “TALL GIRLS aren't supposed to wear HEELS, are they? But hey, I'm a GIANT...
    so what?”

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