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Friday 22 August 2014

'I hated my beanpole figure as a teen', says Jourdan Dunn

Published 16/04/2014 | 15:50

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Jourdan Dunn used to want to hide away because of her "skinny" figure.

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The 23-year-old model began her career at a young age when she walked during New York Fashion Week in 2007. Before this she didn't feel comfortable in her own skin.

"I was very tall and lanky and I wasn't really feeling myself when I was growing up at all. Especially because, coming from a Caribbean background, curves are celebrated and me being really tall and skinny wouldn't [be]. So I was like... didn't want to go out or be seen or anything," she sighed to vogue.co.uk.

"When I started, when I went to New York, I think I was 16 on my own, [and] my mobile bill was like crazy because every minute I was on the phone to my mum crying, complaining, more crying and more complaining."

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Edie Campbell was also present during the interview, which was held as part of the Vogue Festival. The fashion star - whose first big job was alongside Kate Moss in a Burberry campaign - was also insecure as a teenager.

"I was not pretty growing up. I had really bad orthodontics and, um, a very big forehead. I was a vision, but not in a good way," Edie mused. "You get put on set and they're like, OK, we need you to be a grown up now. You've got to take charge and command the room. I found it really weird for a really long time. That thing of like, dance monkey dance."

Rosie Huntington-Whiteley and Karlie Kloss sat for the chat as well. Karlie recalled her first experiences of being a model and her eating habits at the time.

"I was so focused on ballet and on school and on being an awkward 6ft 13-year-old girl... I started out not giving a care or a thought about what I ate, I was 15 years old a bean pole," she smiled.

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