Model Jourdan Dunn Says She “Feels Everything At Once” Battling Anxiety And Depression
More and more notable figures are opening up about their mental health these days. This is not only to dispel the belief that mental illness is something to be ashamed of, but also just to get some things off of their own chest. Stars who’ve recently shared their stories include Keri Hilson, Letitia Wright, DeWanda Wise, Big Sean and model Jourdan Dunn. The 27-year-old reposted a tweet about what it’s like to suffer from anxiety and depression and made it clear that such feelings were her experiences:
This isn’t the first time Dunn has talked about her experiences with both mental health disorders. Back in January, after taking part in a breathtaking ad campaign for designer Brandon Maxwell that featured her son, Riley, she talked about how the inspiration for the videos that came out of it were based on her pouring her heart out to Maxwell about feeling unsure of herself as a mother and model.
“The truth is before I shot this campaign I was in a deep state of self-doubt and depression,” she wrote on Instagram in a lengthy open letter. “Everything was a struggle for me. My insecurities had me questioning myself every day. What am I doing? Where am I going? Will I ever be hired again? My career has been a roller coaster of rejection and support. Mostly my own. And now it’s all being measured by instagrams popularity contest. ‘I just don’t think I can do this anymore’ I would often find myself saying.”
While strutting her stuff and seeming incredibly confident on the runways and in all the fashion magazines, Dunn said, in reality, “My insecurities got the best of me for too long.”
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I’ve recently learned that Vulnerability isn’t a weakness it’s a Strength.In Oprah’s book The Wisdom of Sundays she writes ‘Vulnerability is the cornerstone of confidence.because you have to allow yourself to take risk to be open,to live as a wholehearted person.When you can do that you recognize that you’re really like everybody else….’ so here is my Open letter to you all 🌹 Thank you for reading! ♥️
But she said in that same letter that she was going to continue to put forth the effort to change her outlook for the better. To be confident in herself and spend time with those who encourage her to do so.
“Feeling incapable was no longer an option for me, I was energized and ready for change,” she said. “Believing in myself was the only way to move forward.”
“This is the moment, I stop holding myself back and embrace and honor my potential,” Dunn added. “I no longer fear failure. I no longer live at the mercy of others. Instead, right now I celebrate the people in my life who make me whole…People who know how to bring out the beauty in others. The people who encourage us to be our best self.”