Teen Vogue Cover Features Pregnant Teen Model
The November issue of Teen Vogue has two models on the cover, Jourdan Dunn and Chanel Iman. Both are 19, and both are black. The article inside is mostly about the success the two young women have achieved and how it is still difficult for black models to get work in the world of fashion.
Our interest is in another aspect of Dunn's life, however -- the fact that she's pregnant.
In July of this year, Jourdan Dunn announced that she would give birth in December of 2009. Well, she sort of announced it. The way we learned about Dunn's bun in the oven was through the following headline on Vogue.com: "Expecting In Style: What The Pregnant Jourdan Should Wear This Fall."Our Teen Vogue insider told us that no one at the magazine knew of Dunn's pregnancy when the photos were taken. But once it came to light, the editorial team felt it was important to interview Dunn on the subject and include it in the November issue, which hits newsstands on Oct. 13.
In the article, Dunn said her pregnancy was "unplanned" and that she had difficulty telling her mother, as well as her agency and boyfriend (in that order).
"When I told my mom, she started crying and blaming herself. She got pregnant with me at the same age, and she said, 'I don't want you to have to go through what I did,'" Dunn told the publication.
The magazine pointed out that "It definitely won't be easy, but Jourdan is also in a unique position for someone her age. Not many nineteen-year-olds have CK Calvin Klein campaigns to fall back on."
Indeed. This past weekend, Dunn appeared on the catwalk for Jean Paul Gaultier, calling attention to her baby bump through haute couture, as reported by our sister site, StyleList.
When such life-altering situations like this one arise, we believe it's an opportunity for magazines to have a bigger dialogue. We're wondering: Was Dunn using birth control? If not, why not? Did she consider having an abortion or putting the baby up for adoption? Or keeping the pregnancy secret?
Teen Vogue made an interesting choice to put a pregnant teen model on its cover. We wonder if she'll be perceived as a role model.
What do you think? What kind of message does a pregnant teenage fashion model send to teenagers?
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