Tuesday, 2 September 2014

Jourdan Dunn at the MTV Video Music Awards is the new Naomi Campbell

Spotted in Primark at 15, the single mum who is the new Naomi Campbell (and is now making millions after leaving her drug dealer lover) 

  • Jourdan Dunn, 24, fell pregnant at 18 just as she started modelling
  • Weeks after the birth, her lover was jailed for cocaine possession
  • Determined to give son a good life, Jourdan continued to work
  • She is now one of the world's top models, she made £2.4m last year
Meteoric rise: Model Jourdan Dunn raked in £2.4 million in the past year alone from Burberry and becoming the face of Maybelline cosmetics
Meteoric rise: Model Jourdan Dunn raked in £2.4 million in the past year alone from Burberry and becoming the face of Maybelline cosmetics
As she strutted down the red carpet at the MTV Video Music Awards in California last week, pausing to pose artfully for photographers, Jourdan Dunn looked every inch the supermodel.
Showing off her willowy frame in a black bandeau and long skirt by French designer Balmain, on Sunday the 24-year-old mingled with the likes of Jennifer Lopez and Beyoncé, eclipsing both with one dazzling smile.
Feted as one of the most beautiful women on the planet — that rare combination of feminine elegance and cool — she seemed perfectly at ease in such celebrated company.
Then so she should. Her name may not yet be as globally famous as theirs, but Forbes Magazine has just made Jourdan the first black British woman to gain a place on its list of the world’s highest-earning models. 
She raked in £2.4 million in the past year alone, working for the likes of Burberry and becoming the face of Maybelline cosmetics.
Her high-flying career has seen her model for every major fashion house, appear on numerous Vogue covers and appear in catwalk shows from Christian Dior to Victoria’s Secret.
It has earned her a bevy of celebrity friends, including model of the moment Cara Delevingne, as well as singer Rita Ora, not to mention a jet-setting lifestyle and an army of fans who follow her every word on Twitter.
A gilded existence indeed, but Jourdan’s ascendency has not been quite as smooth as her polished appearance might suggest.
The great-granddaughter of Jamaican immigrants who came to Britain in the early Sixties in search of a better life, she comes from a long line of strong, independent women often let down by the men in their lives.
She was raised in Greenford, West London, by a single mother who took on three jobs to make ends meet after Jourdan’s father left the family home when she was a toddler. Jourdan then became a single mother herself after becoming pregnant at 18, just as her modelling career was taking off.
Her son Riley, now four, was born in 2009 with sickle cell anaemia, a blood disorder he inherited from Jourdan and her then boyfriend, Jordan Cummings. If that wasn’t enough to cope with, Cummings was arrested (and later jailed) for drugs offences two months after the baby’s birth.
A tumultuous young life, then, but a family friend told the Mail that the Dunn family are ‘incredibly strong’.
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Jourdan Dunn looked every inch the supermodel as she strutted down the red carpet at the MTV Video Music Awards in California last week
‘You don’t mess about with any of them,’ he said. ‘If you do, it’s like fooling around with a hornet’s nest. They are very loyal and they look after each other. They’re survivors, particularly the women. Right from the moment the Dunn family arrived in this country, they were aspirational.’ 
If proof were needed of just how far the Dunn family has come since leaving the parish of St Thomas in Jamaica in the early Sixties, a trip to the gritty streets of Harlesden in North-West London would provide it.
There, outside Tavistock Community Centre in July, a small blue heritage plaque was unveiled to The Cimarons, the UK’s first home-grown reggae band, which performed on Top Of The Pops, sang with Bob Marley and was, for a time, managed by Paul McCartney.
Among the five-strong group, which still occasionally performs together, is Jourdan’s grandfather, bassist Franklyn Dunn. On the day the plaque was unveiled, Jourdan was jetting to New York for her latest assignment. Somehow, you imagine Franklyn would understand her not being there.
For Jourdan’s career has been the epitome of glamour, in direct contrast to her unstarry upbringing. Her father, accounts clerk Rodney Alveranga, who was 21 when she was born, left the family home when his daughter was just three and has since remarried and started a new family.
Determined to support Jourdan and her two younger brothers, Antoine, now 21, and 17-year-old Kain, her mother Dee juggled three jobs as a receptionist and secretary while raising her children.
Family: She became pregnant at 18 just as her modelling career kicked off. Riley (pictured in 2012) is now four
Family: She became pregnant at 18 just as her modelling career kicked off. Riley (pictured in 2012) is now four
Dee’s mother Cynthia, who knew from bitter experience how hard it was to be a single mother, also stepped in to help with her grandchildren.
This loving but austere lifestyle might have gone on unbroken if Jourdan hadn’t caught the eye of a talent scout in the Hammersmith branch of Primark nine years ago.
Even as a 15-year-old schoolgirl, her looks were striking. At 5ft 10in tall, she towered over most of her contemporaries at Acton High School in West London and yet as a young teen, she claims to have been self-conscious about her skinny frame.
‘I’d look in the mirror and hate myself. I thought I was disgusting,’ she said a year ago. Yet it took only moments for the representative from Storm, one of the most famous modelling agencies in the world, to see she was a star in the making.
A meeting at the agency’s London offices with her mother resulted in a signed contract. A year later, in 2007, Jourdan made her catwalk debut at New York Fashion Week.
It was the worst plane trip ever, it was very emotional telling my mum the news 
In 2008, she made headline news at London Fashion Week when she spoke about the issue of colour in the fashion world, saying: ‘London’s not a white city, so why should our catwalks be so white?’
Just weeks later, she became the first black woman to model for Prada since Naomi Campbell in 1997. A few months after that, she was named model of the year at the British Fashion Awards.
And now Dunn has gone on to achieve what Naomi Campbell, Britain’s first black supermodel, could not, in part because Forbes invented the models rich list in 2006 after the peak of Campbell’s success.
But back in 2009, having only just made a name for herself, Jourdan saw her brief modelling career flash before her eyes when she became pregnant.
The father, Jordan Cummings, a teenager from Islington in North London whom she had been dating for several years, was hardly the kind of man to offer a stable future.
Given what her own mother, Dee, had gone through as a single mother, Jourdan was worried about breaking the news after taking a pregnancy test in a toilet cubicle at Heathrow Airport en route to Jamaica with her mother and brothers.
‘It was the worst plane trip ever. It was very emotional telling my mum, very emotional. It was one of the hardest things of my life. She had me young, she was blaming herself, she was very angry, she was upset.’
Journey: The father, Jordan Cummings, was arrested and jailed shortly after Riley's birth. They are no longer together but stay in contact for the sake of their son, while Jourdan fulfills her dream of being a top model
Journey: The father, Jordan Cummings, was arrested and jailed shortly after Riley's birth. They are no longer together but stay in contact for the sake of their son, while Jourdan fulfills her dream of being a top model
Jourdan knew she was a carrier for sickle-cell anaemia, which can have life-threatening complications, and when doctors told her the child had, indeed, inherited the disorder, she was determined to maintain a strong front.
Seven months pregnant in 2009, she proudly strutted down the catwalk for Jean Paul Gaultier, but later admitted feeling ‘so guilty and so horrible inside’. The arrest of Cummings just weeks after Riley’s birth made matters even more stressful. In February 2010, he was jailed for three-and-a-half years for possessing cocaine with intent to supply.
The pair are no longer together, though 24-year-old Cummings’ mother, Jenny Hobart, told the Mail this week that they keep in contact for the sake of their son.
It was Jourdan’s mother who came to her rescue, offering to care for the child while she fulfilled her modelling assignments. Within ten weeks of Riley’s birth, she was back at work, picking up her meteoric career where she had briefly left off.
She said: ‘I have seen that doing this can help him and give him a better start in life. I’m doing it for him.’ As a young, black woman making her way in an industry dominated by white models, her achievement is remarkable.
This week when a Twitter follower pointed out that British Vogue hadn’t put an individual black model on its cover since 2002 and called for them to rectify that with Jourdan, the model furiously replied: ‘So, if British Vogue puts me on the cover now it would be because they were bullied into it, not because I’m deserving of one . . .’
Her appearance on the Forbes models rich list may well suggest a sea change in attitudes within the fashion industry, but having battled to come so far, Jourdan Dunn is clearly determined to be seen as a force in her own right.
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Lucy Mecklenburgh shows off her gym-honed figure in a tiny sequin and mesh leotard as she cosies up to shirtless Tumble partner Billy George during rehearsals

Lucy Mecklenburgh shows off her gym-honed figure in a tiny sequin and mesh leotard as she cosies up to shirtless Tumble partner Billy George during rehearsals

Fans have been telling Lucy Mecklenburgh for weeks that she and her Tumble partner Billy George would make a great couple. 
While shooting down their hopes by insisting that they are just friends, the TOWIE beauty seems to enjoy teasing her Twitter followers about how close both she and her gymnastics pal are both on and off screen.
After enjoying a string of nights out together recently, the 23-year-old posted a very revealing picture of her and Billy on Monday.
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Just friends: Lucy Mecklenburgh and Billy George lookd like they were both having a great time while rehearsing for Tumble
Just friends: Lucy Mecklenburgh and Billy George lookd like they were both having a great time while rehearsing for Tumble
Looking very glamorous in the snap, Lucy was wearing just a shimmering sequin and mesh leotard as she cosied up to her athletic friend.
    Meanwhile, he was shirtless and proudly showcasing his impressive six pack as the pair took a break from Tumble rehearsals. 
    The two are no doubt putting their all into practising this week as they narrowly avoided being booted off the BBC One show on Saturday.
    Feeling pretty: The TOWIE star was so happy with how she looked she decided to share her joy on Twitter 
    Feeling pretty: The TOWIE star was so happy with how she looked she decided to share her joy on Twitter 
    Lucy found herself in the bottom two with the judges giving her just 28/50 for her performance, which they described as ‘not strong enough’.
    However, after being saved in the head-to-head vault competition with actor John Partridge, she and Billy are now set for the semi-finals.
    When the two found out that they weren't being sent home on Saturday, they headed out straight after the show and celebrated with a tipsy night out in London.
    He's taken: While fans are enjoying watching the chemistry between Lucy and Billy, he is currently dating So You Think You Can Dance star Bethany Rose Harrison

    He's taken: While fans are enjoying watching the chemistry between Lucy and Billy, he is currently dating So You Think You Can Dance star Bethany Rose Harrison

    Lucy of course was quick to take to her Twitter account to post pictures of their evening.
    She then later posted: 'Dinner at @coyarestaurant with everyone! ... Me & @BillyJacques can't stop smiling. So happy!!!
    'I'm over the moon I'm still in Tumble! I really wasn't ready to leave the competition, Thanks for all your support!'
    Billy and Lucy’s night out on Saturday follows a strong of get-togethers the pair have enjoyed as of late.
    Over the last few weeks, they have been spotted enjoying dinner at Wagamamas, heading out for drinks in Lucy's native Brentwood and he was even seen going back to her house.
    Woman in black: The TOWIE star shows off her toned figure in a thigh-skimming leather dress

    Woman in black: The TOWIE star shows off her toned figure in a thigh-skimming leather dress
    He also organised a surprise birthday party for the Essex girl with all her friends last week.
    Unfortunately for fans who are hoping there is more to these two than just friendship, Billy is currently dating So You Think You Can Dance star Bethany Rose Harrison.
    Noticeably though, Bethany failed to publicly tweet her support for her boyfriend and his partner on Saturday when they secured their place in the Tumble semi-finals. 
    She did however manage to find the time to tweet about her love for DJ Calvin Harris.
    The ex: Lucy's last serious boyfriend was her TOWIE co-star Mario Falcone but the two split after he cheated on her several times
    The ex: Lucy's last serious boyfriend was her TOWIE co-star Mario Falcone but the two split after he cheated on her several times



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    Helen Flanagan admits she'll always be happy to strip off for the camera as she transforms into angst ridden artist

    EXCLUSIVE: 'I'll never stop doing sexy shoots': Helen Flanagan admits she'll always be happy to strip off for the camera as she transforms into angst ridden artist

    She is no stranger to sexy photo shoots.
    And Helen Flanagan has revealed she is happy to keep showcasing her enviable figure in racy spreads as she helped celebrate the launch of The Sims 4.
    Speaking to MailOnline after transforming into an Angst Ridden Artist for the shoot, the actress said: ‘With sexier lingerie shoots, it all depends on how you do it. All my shoots are always quite fun and cool and quite classy really.
    New look: Helen Flanagan has revealed she is happy to keep showcasing her enviable figure in racy spreads as she helped celebrate the launch of The Sims 4
    New look: Helen Flanagan has revealed she is happy to keep showcasing her enviable figure in racy spreads as she helped celebrate the launch of The Sims 4
    ‘I think I’ll always like to do them because they’re fun. I wouldn't just stop doing them just because I got married or something.’
      She added: ‘I've never been nervous on any of my photo shoot, I just find them really enjoyable and really fun.’
      The former Coronation street star is also known to share sexy selfies on Instagram but she admitted she has plans to take a step back from social media as she tries to keep aspects of her personal life a bit more private.
      Express yourself: Helen spoke to MailOnline after transforming into an Angst Ridden Artist for the shoot
      Express yourself: Helen spoke to MailOnline after transforming into an Angst Ridden Artist for the shoot

      Different approach: The former Coronation street star is also known to share sexy selfies on Instagram but she admitted she has plans to take a step back from social media as she tries to keep aspects of her personal life a bit more private
      Different approach: The former Coronation street star is also known to share sexy selfies on Instagram but she admitted she has plans to take a step back from social media as she tries to keep aspects of her personal life a bit more private
      In stores: The Sims 4 is out on September 5th for PC
      In stores: The Sims 4 is out on September 5th for PC
      She admitted: ‘I’m not really on Twitter and Instagram as much at the moment because I do want to keep things to be a little bit more private with me and Scott.’
      The 24-year-old added: ‘I know I still put pictures up of us but I think it’s nice to have your relationship a little bit more private.
      ‘I used to be addicted to Instagram. I literally used to be on it all the time so it’s probably a good thing I've taken a bit of a break from it.’
      However, Helen revealed she won't stop sharing pictures altogether and has found a way to share more private moments with chosen individuals.
      The former I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here star said: ‘I have my own private account for really really close friends and family.
      ‘No one will be able to find it because I’m under a really random name so it’s nice to be able to share more private moments on that.’
      The actress spoke to MailOnline as she helped to launch The Sims 4 with a darker new hairdo.
      In regards to her new locks, the actress admitted: ‘I love changing my hair, I think it’s such a fun thing to do.
      ‘I was in Coronation Street for 12 years and I wasn't allowed to play around or change anything about myself so when I left I think I now just like to change things all the time.’
      Bikin babe: The starlet - pictured here in Australia in 2012 -  is known for flaunting her curves in magazine photo shoots
      Bikin babe: The starlet - pictured here in Australia in 2012 -  is known for flaunting her curves in magazine photo shoots
      Dark and lovely: In regards to her new hairstyle the actress admitted: ¿I love changing my hair, I think it¿s such a fun thing to do
      Dark and lovely: In regards to her new hairstyle the actress admitted: ‘I love changing my hair, I think it’s such a fun thing to do
      Opening up about her plans for the future, she added: ‘I’d like to try theatre and I’d love to try different dramas, especially a period drama, in the future.
      ‘I’m really open minded and I would like to do films in the future. I went to LA with my agent in October and it was nice but I love London. I wouldn't choose to live anywhere else unless it was for work.’
      Helen Flanagan is an ‘Angst Ridden Artist’ according to The Sims 4 personality test. What kind of Sim are you? Take the test and order your copy at thesims.com. The Sims 4 is out on September 5th for PC.
      In character: Helen Flanagan was an ¿Angst Ridden Artist¿ according to The Sims 4 personality test
      In character: Helen Flanagan was an ‘Angst Ridden Artist’ according to The Sims 4 personality test


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      Monday, 1 September 2014

      Bikini-clad Rihanna twerks up a storm on boat with two female friends as she keeps the party going in Sardinia

      Bikini-clad Rihanna twerks up a storm on boat with two female friends as she keeps the party going in Sardinia

      She's been living it up in Sardinia, Italy on a seemingly never-ending summer holiday.
      And Rihanna turned up the heat over the weekend by throwing an impromptu dance party on board a luxury yacht with two female friends.
      Wearing nothing but a flesh-coloured bikini, the sexy singer twerks for the camera in four short clips posted on her her pal Melissa Ford's Instagram account.
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      Loving life: Rihanna did the Shmoney Dance with her pals on board a boat in Sardinia, Italy

      Loving life: Rihanna did the Shmoney Dance with her pals on board a boat in Sardinia, Italy
      Following in the footsteps of Justin Bieber and Chris Brown, Rihanna, 25, performed her own version of the Shmoney Dance to the tune of Bobby Shmurda's track Hot N***a.
       
        The Bajan beauty mouthed along to the words in between taking puffs on a suspicious-looking cigarette as she shimmied around in front of the camera.
        She looked every inch the beach babe in her skimpy bikini and abundance of gold and turquoise jewellery.
        Centre of attention: The singer hogged the camera for most of the video, while her friends happily remained in the background

        Centre of attention: The singer hogged the camera for most of the video, while her friends happily remained in the background
        Twerk! Rihanna showed Miley Cyrus how it's really done in the series of racy videos
        Twerk! Rihanna showed Miley Cyrus how it's really done in the series of racy videos 
        The Pour It Up singer was decked out in an assortment of statement necklaces, with several gold studs in her ears and a silver ring in her nose.
        By contrast, her pals were more modestly dressed, with one clad in an orange bikini and a kimono and the other wearing a large T-shirt.
        At one point, Rihanna gave Miley Cyrus a run for her money by bending over to the side and shaking her rear in full view of the camera.
        Dance party: The girls were having a blast singing along to the summertime tune on their luxury yacht

        Dance party: The girls were having a blast singing along to the summertime tune on their luxury yacht


        Daring: The pop princess was smoking a suspicious-looking cigarette as she twerked around the boat
        Daring: The pop princess was smoking a suspicious-looking cigarette as she twerked around the boat
        Summer fun: The singer has been living it up in Sardinia with a large group of friends
        Summer fun: The singer has been living it up in Sardinia with a large group of friends 
        The girls also drew Bobby Shmurda's attention to the videos, tagging the rapper in one by writing: 'Shmoneyyyy #YachtEdition @leleboo_phucku #Robynnn @bobby_shmurda'.
        The pop star has been having the time of her life in Italy, indulging in some designer shopping at high-end store Prada over the weekend.
        Rihanna has also been living it up on board multi-million dollar carter yacht, the Galaxy. 
        New accessory: Rihanna got her septum pierced earlier this summer was sporting an elaborate silver ring through her nose
        New accessory: Rihanna got her septum pierced earlier this summer was sporting an elaborate silver ring through her nose
        Tatted up: The star showed off her numerous inkings in her nude-coloured bikini

        Tatted up: The star showed off her numerous inkings in her nude-coloured bikini
        Smoking hot: Rihanna turned up the heat by blowing puffs of smoke into the camera
        Smoking hot: Rihanna turned up the heat by blowing puffs of smoke into the camera


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