Tuesday, 21 June 2016
Precious moments: Jourdan Dunn
The supermodel and clothes designer talks about balancing her hectic career with being a mum to six-year-old Riley
Did you always want to be a mum?
It was a shock finding out I was going to be a mum so young (she was 19), but I really wouldn’t have it any other way now. I want to have the same relationship with Riley that I have with my mum – we’re super-tight.
Describe birth in one word!
No, really, how was it?
When I was in labour I had doctors and nurses saying, ‘Miss Dunn, you need to be quiet, you’re scaring the other mothers,’ because I was shouting so much. My advice would be to have someone with you who is very calm and will put you in a good space. Although that does all go out of the window, ha!
What does he think of you being a supermodel?
He’d never seen me work. He’d just seen the images of me, and then he did get excited. But we shot the range for M&S together – it was the first time he’d been in front of a professional camera, the first time on a shoot. It was good for him to see what I actually do. He said, ‘Can I come with you all the time now?’ Sometimes other kids will say to him, ‘Your mum’s famous,’ and he’ll ask me if I am, but I just say, ‘What? No-oo!’
How do you fit everything in?
I juggle my work around Riley. I’m lucky that I’m able to do that, I have great agents who understand that I’m a mother first and will work around my schedule – and Riley’s – to make it all work. I love coming back to London when I’ve been away; it’s grounding to just chill with Riley at home.
Lil’ LonDunn by Jourdan Dunn is at marksandspencer.com. She was chatting to Ali Horsfall.