Jourdan Dunn won’t take the crown as Queen of the WAGs at the upcoming Fifa World Cup. The British fashion model split from her boyfriend, Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge, in late May and has no plans to travel to Rio de Janeiro for the games.
Learn more about her skyrocketing career in the fashion and entertainment industry that caused her and Daniel to drift apart.
1. Dunn Met Sturridge at V Festival Last Summer
The former couple met at the annual musical festival sponsored by Virgin Media in 2013. Their friendship bloomed into romance, but Dunn preferred to keep things low key because of her young son Riley, a source told The Sun:
They have grown steadily close. But they have been keeping their relationship very quiet. Jourdan has a young son and she’s always cautious about letting new men into her life.
Her new role as the face of Maybelline New York has also kept her busy when she’s not strutting down a catwalk or shooting photos on an exotic location. A source close to Sturridge told the Mirror that both of their careers hindered them from taking the relationship any further.
The relationship is over, both have moved on. It’s a shame as they got on really well but they just had too much going on.
2. She Has a 4-Year-Old Son
Dunn gave birth to her son, Riley, on December 8, 2009, when she was 19. The baby’s father, Jordan Cummings, went to prison for dealing cocaine a few weeks after Riley’s birth. The model worked until she was six months pregnant and then returned to work shortly after giving birth. She told Vogue about the support she gets from her mother when she’s on location shoots:
My mum is my main support. As soon as I’m offered a job, I check the dates with her and then she looks after him for as long as I’m away. … Once, when I was shooting in Puerto Rico, Riley had to go into hospital and I felt terrible not being there. At least, when I do get low, I think about the fact I’m being paid well and that I’m doing this for him, rather than for myself.
Dunn asked her friend and model Karli Kloss to be Riley’s godmother. Riley was diagnosed with sickle-cell disease, a trait both Jourdan and his father carried, and has become she told Vogue:
We have to monitor Riley carefully and make sure he takes his medicine if he gets ill. Sudden temperature changes or stress can trigger a crisis in him where he needs a blood transfusion.
3. She Wants to Be the Next Bond Girl
Dunn wants the coveted role of a Bond girl and she may not need to wait long to achieve her dream. Production on a followup to the 2012 James Bond flick Skyfall will start later this fall with a release date set for November 2015. Dunn told The Sun about her acting ambitions:
I’d like to maybe do some comedy, maybe something a bit serious as well. I’d really like to be a Bond girl.
She already started her transition into the acting world last summer, making appearances in music videos for Beyonce’s “XO” and “Yonce.” Dunn told Miss Vogue about her first audition for the “Yonce” video in front of Queen Bey:
I was the first one up and Beyonce came in and sat behind the screen to watch. It was, like, ‘Oh my God, no pressure.’
4. She Hosts Her Own Cooking Show
When she’s not walking the runway, Dunn is in the kitchen hosting her own online cooking show called Well Dunn. The show airs on Jay-Z‘s YouTube channel Life+Times. Her invited guests to the show have included fellow models Cara Delevingne and Karli Kloss, the rapper 2 Chainz and her younger brother Antoine.
She doesn’t call herself a chef, but cooks as a responsibility to her son, she told Vogue.
I don’t want people thinking I’m a chef. I’m a mum. Cooking is something I have to do. It’s something I like to do.
5. She Speaks Out on Racism in the Fashion Industry
In 2008, Dunn became the first black model to walk the Prada runway in over 10 years. She spoke out on the lack of diversity in fashion campaigns and on the runway in the April issue of Miss Vogue:
I don’t know why people applaud designers for having just one ethnic model. It’s not like only one type of woman loves fashion. I find it weird when [model] agents say, ‘You’re the only black girl booked for the show. Isn’t it great?’ Why is it great?