Dress by Michael van der Ham; shoes and gold bracelets by Miu Miu; clutch by Marc Jacobs; green cuffs by Kenneth Jay Lane
down at the tattoo of her son's name inked between her thumb and forefinger. “It's scary every time he has what they call a 'crisis', you know, when he has to be rushed to the hospital for more oxygen and blood transfusions...”
These “crises” occur when abnormal red blood cells clog up healthy red blood cells, preventing oxygen travelling through the blood stream. The result is episodes of extreme pain that can last for minutes or days, depending on the attack. It's little wonder, then, that Dunn is using her fame to raise awareness of the condition by supporting the Sickle Cell society (sicklecellsociety.org).
A lot to bear, then, on those delicate shoulders, but Dunn is a very, very positive soul. Aside from
the personal support from her mother, she also has support from great mentors in the industry, the makeup artist Pat McGrath and stylist Edward Enninful, for example, and friends including fellow model Cara Delevingne (“my crazy little sister”) and Karlie Kloss (who is “like a stepmother to Riley”). Rihanna, who cast her to front her recent River Island campaign, is an admirer, as is Jay-Z, on whose YouTube channel, Life + Times, she has her very own cooking series, Well Dunn with Jourdan Dunn.
As for the future, the plan is to move to New York and, after she has checked out schools, nannies and neighborhoods, for Riley to relocate with her. Naturally it will be a wrench – every time he sees a suitcase splayed out on the floor, he starts crying, which breaks her heart. "But I don't want to uproot him if I'm only going to come back after six months,” she says earnestly. “If ever I'm sad, I just have to remember, I'm not doing this for me, I'm doing it for him.”
“It's SCARY every time [my son] has a 'crisis', when he has to be rushed to HOSPITAL for transfusions”
Creative director: Jo Baldwin
Hair: Raphael Salley at Streeters
Makeup: Hiromi Ueda at Julian Watson
Nails: Chisato Yamamoto
Prop stylist: Janina Pedan
Fashion assistant: Sofia Catania