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Fresh Ish: Runway Model Jourdan Dunn Makes History+The Christies' Daughter Chani Makes Her Debut

Because the YBF loves fresh faces....  
On Prada's F/W 08 catwalk today during Milan Fashion Week 
British 17 year old uber model Jourdan Dunn made history today by becoming the first black woman to grace the catwalk for Prada since Naomi Campbell did close 15 years ago.  And chick is Fabulous...  
With fellow uber model Chanel Iman
  Lots more pics of her over at The Fashion Spot and here.  Congrats to YBF chick Jourdan.   NBA couple Doug and Jackie Christie are letting their daughter hit the limelight even more than just their new reality show: Chantel "Chani" Christie is making an album (surprise surprise) and her first video is for her single "Here We Are Again".  And a little blurb about Chani from her label: She is an up and coming singer who is taking the recording industry by storm! She is a fresh young talent with a soulful and mature voice.  Chani is also an established model, whom has starred in several National TV Commercial's and 100's of fashion print campaign's as well as voice overs.  She is also an actress who aspires to be a good role model for her peers. Chani grew up in Seattle, WA and has a longing to visit Cabo San Lucas, Mexico someday.  Chani is the United States National Youth Ambassador on HIV/AIDS Awareness! She is also the Washington, DC YMCA Kids Outreach Spokesperson for 2008! Chani is currently starring in her very own reality TV show titled "Coming Up Christie"which will chronicle her journey of recording her first album titled 'MY DREAM' due out spring 2008. The single to it titled "HERE WE ARE AGAIN" was released January 25th 2008 and lastly, Chani will also be completing her first book this spring. Essence's Black Women In Hollywood Luncheon will be honoring a few fab chicks on February 21st. In the category of Television, prolific screenwriter/producer Suzanne de Passe, as well as the talented, young performer Jurnee Smollett will be honored. Nice. Stay fab!
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loves the new

loves the new YBFers.. chantal? she may need to just kick back on her dad's money, cuz singing she won't be making a dime doing.. what i thought was funny was the first scene (after her impersonating a walking board) when she was in the car with the dude, and she's sweating him about his phone call..? like mother, like daughter...
pam's picture

thank you.... we have the too

thank you.... we have the too skinny or too young debate and things change for a minute.. as soon as the colour debate comes up the industry moonwalks all the while the designers blame the bookers, who in turn blame the magazines... black models do 'sportswear' mentality is still there... this is one issue i applaud naomi on.. and yes she is rightly bitter about her treatment by the industry.. she should be.. you'd throw a blackberry or two if you had been passed up over and over again in your career..
london's picture

*everybody*

*everybody*
ANON's picture

Why is everbody so upset with

Why is everbody so upset with Prada?? There are a lot of wonderful Black designers out there. We do have choices. And we should be supporting them anyway.
ANON's picture

Why is everybody getting

Why is everybody getting upset with Prada?? We do have choices now. There is an abundance of wonderful Black designers putting out clothes, shoes, bags and everything else. Support them!
BellaY's picture

Why is everybody getting mad

Why is everybody getting mad at Prada?!?!? We do have choices you know!!! There are a LOT of Black designers out there now. Black desiners are making shoes, clothes, handbags, EVERYTHING. Why aren't you supporting them anyway??? I do.
BellaY's picture

[quote comment="38799"]So let

[quote comment="38799"]So let me get this straight, Prada hasn't had a black person walk their runway in 15 YEARS???? WTF???? Thats just sad!![/quote] I was thinking the same thing! WHITE PEOPLE, WE AREN'T GOING ANYWHERE! AND CHANTEL, PLEASE NEVER SING AGAIN! A beautiful girl like her could be doing more than this. It's not original
SHABON84's picture

not to be nit picky but if

not to be nit picky but if Naomi walked for Prada then how does that make Journdan the "First" black woman and making history... she's the second... fab indeed though to her credit!
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[quote comment="38941"][quote

[quote comment="38941"][quote comment="38912"][quote comment="38892"]I agree with yall. Like all these black celebs that rock Prada....and to find this out!!!!! I say we hold a private protest and run out to Chinatown and snatch up those knock off Prada bags ASAP-LOL!!!!! Damn shame that in 2008 there are still "first black too...." awards to hand out!!![/quote] "snatch up those knock off Prada bags ASAP". Anyone ready to orgainze a charterd bus city to city to pick us up for this Chinatown (snatch up)? LMAO.[/quote] LOL!!!! Hey I say someone call up Michael Baisden (sp?) so he can sponsor it-LMAO!!!!!!![/quote] Funny, Is he r next Rev Al and Jessie? hope not. Love me some Mike Baisden(sp).
Mary's picture

Jourdan is fab and I like

Jourdan is fab and I like seeing the pic with Chanel Iman. People are always pitting them against each other just cause the're black even though they have completely different looks, while many of the top white girls are virtual clones. Prada's collections have been crap for years but the name recognition and hype keeps it going.
Meg's picture

[quote comment="38931"]It

[quote comment="38931"]It isn't just Prada. Just this past NY fashion week people were noticing and speaking out about the lack of color on catwalks. Naomi and Tyson Beckford spoke about it in the press. Agencies are blaming the people who cast the shows, the people who cast the shows are blaming the designers. The bottom line is, the fashion industry is and always has been racist. These are the same people who will swear on a stack of bibles that they simply can't put a black woman on the cover of a magazine because it simply won't sell. My opinion is, if your magazine is all that it wouldn't matter who was on the cover, people would still buy it regardless. The real truth of the matter is they don't have to put any black models on the catwalk. As long as black singers, rappers and actors continue to sit in front rows at these shows and rock their clothes, these designers have instant cred with black folks. So, no sweeties, they don't design for you, they don't market to you and nor will they use anyone who looks like you to represent them. But they will still take your money and have nothing but contempt for you while they are taking it.[/quote] Hate to say it. But if u want to get them back, vote black and all ya know what I mean. Of course they are tired of blacks sitting in the front row at fashion shows and award shows. We were ready to take over the Ocars like we did MTV. Too many folk not on the commity and too many on the "time for a change wagon" Yes We Can. Let's turn this around.
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[quote comment="38912"][quote

[quote comment="38912"][quote comment="38892"]I agree with yall. Like all these black celebs that rock Prada....and to find this out!!!!! I say we hold a private protest and run out to Chinatown and snatch up those knock off Prada bags ASAP-LOL!!!!! Damn shame that in 2008 there are still "first black too...." awards to hand out!!![/quote] "snatch up those knock off Prada bags ASAP". Anyone ready to orgainze a charterd bus city to city to pick us up for this Chinatown (snatch up)? LMAO.[/quote] LOL!!!! Hey I say someone call up Michael Baisden (sp?) so he can sponsor it-LMAO!!!!!!!
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You know I am embarassed

You know I am embarassed everytime some black person oohs and ahhhs.. about sh*T like this! PRADA should not have ONE black person buying OR wearing their clothes. It is obvious what they don't want black people wearing their clothes. For 15 YEARS they have gone OUT OF THEIR WAY to avoid putting black model on a runway, and in front of television cameras wearing their clothing. That was a very deliberate choice by PRADA, something they did on purpose!!! They don't want black people associated with their clothes. If you are a proud black person you would never buy or wear anything from PRADA!! Don't rap or sing about their WACK clothes. FU*K THEM!! Jay-Z got it right, when he decided NOT sell Cristal in his restaurants, when a Cristal spokesperson implied that hip hop may be hurting their brand and that "I am sure that Dom Perignon or Krug would be delighted to have their business." It's all about respect people!! If PRADA didn't want a black person wearing their clothes on a runway for 15 years, they didn' want a black person to be wearing it on the street either! Don't get punked by these people, don't be disrespected, and still buy their shi*!!
sarah's picture

Jourdan is pretty damn fab!

Jourdan is pretty damn fab!
itzzzkimmm's picture

EVERYTHING ABOUT THE CHANI

EVERYTHING ABOUT THE CHANI CHICK WAS A HOT MESS ...FROM THE SINGING TO THAT HALF ASS DANCING...PLEACE STICK TO MODELING!!!
SONIA's picture

That Christie chick must be

That Christie chick must be hanging with ppl like Ashanti or even Cassie.. Her voice is not all that. She looks so much like her dad when her hair is back, not a good look! But with her hair down she is cute, thats the best i can say. Moving on....
xtina's picture

It isn't just Prada. Just

It isn't just Prada. Just this past NY fashion week people were noticing and speaking out about the lack of color on catwalks. Naomi and Tyson Beckford spoke about it in the press. Agencies are blaming the people who cast the shows, the people who cast the shows are blaming the designers. The bottom line is, the fashion industry is and always has been racist. These are the same people who will swear on a stack of bibles that they simply can't put a black woman on the cover of a magazine because it simply won't sell. My opinion is, if your magazine is all that it wouldn't matter who was on the cover, people would still buy it regardless. The real truth of the matter is they don't have to put any black models on the catwalk. As long as black singers, rappers and actors continue to sit in front rows at these shows and rock their clothes, these designers have instant cred with black folks. So, no sweeties, they don't design for you, they don't market to you and nor will they use anyone who looks like you to represent them. But they will still take your money and have nothing but contempt for you while they are taking it.
Eva_baby's picture

[quote comment="38917"][quote

[quote comment="38917"][quote comment="38877"]I'm sorry but that girl sounds horrid! She sounds like my dog when I made a mistake and back into him and stepped on his foot cause he was standing too close? WTF??!! Not to mention the fact that she's stiff as a cold dead body in the morgue. They let anybody get on...If she ever puts an album out it will go double-wood![/quote] *dies*[/quote] ___/\_______/\_______/\____________________(flatline) that’s gotta be the funniest ish i heard in a HOT minute!! LMAO!
TiReNe's picture

___/\_______/\_______/\______

___/\_______/\_______/\____________________(flatline) that's gotta be the funniest ish i heard in a HOT minute!! LMAO!
TiReNe's picture

jurnee is just too cute and i

jurnee is just too cute and i didnt know doug christie was old enuff to have a daughter that old
Mila T's picture

[quote comment="38877"]I'm

[quote comment="38877"]I'm sorry but that girl sounds horrid! She sounds like my dog when I made a mistake and back into him and stepped on his foot cause he was standing too close? WTF??!! Not to mention the fact that she's stiff as a cold dead body in the morgue. They let anybody get on...If she ever puts an album out it will go double-wood![/quote] *dies*
supachoklit's picture

F**k prada! I ain't never

F**k prada! I ain't never buying their shit! And Miss Nisha, you are hella funny!
ybf_oz's picture

Chani sounds like a smart

Chani sounds like a smart young girl, but singing may not be where her talent is. And who wrote the PR piece for her label??? They have bad grammar. She should probably focus on the other things she does (writing, being an outreach spokesperson, even acting if she can) BUT THE SINGING IS A NO-GO!!
keepitnatural's picture

I mean Loreal Prada...they

I mean Loreal Prada...they all racist.Yes Loreal, the line Beyonce and Kerry Washington got their name plastered on.Anything for some money.
Sharonda's picture

Damnit Prada!!! I could not

Damnit Prada!!! I could not wait until Spring got here to rock a fresh pair of white Prada sneakers. I already had the pair I wanted picked out too. But at least they are trying, I guess... Jourdan and Chanel Iman are killing the runways! They are some bad chics!
FlygirlfromDC's picture

That little leather jacket

That little leather jacket chantel christie has on is cute. But ummm ya girl cant sing, somebody come get her...
Stacye's picture

I hate to crush a young

I hate to crush a young person's dreams, but she needs to wake up!!! Singing is obviously not her talent, I had to turn it off, it was straight annoying!! She seems to have other things going for her, her parents need to go ahead and tell the truth, the child cannot sing!
awj1's picture

ok, i only watched it until

ok, i only watched it until the 1st chorus came on, wtf is dat??????? like girlllllll dats da most fake video ever produced. You'd think Dad would kick out some $ for it atleast for some real dancers or background?...and i know songs dont have to rhyme...but she jus sounds dumb
fAshionistA87's picture

I agree with yall. Like all

I agree with yall. Like all these black celebs that rock Prada....and to find this out!!!!! I say we hold a private protest and run out to Chinatown and snatch up those knock off Prada bags ASAP-LOL!!!!! Damn shame that in 2008 there are still "first black too...." awards to hand out!!!
The BKC's picture

Jurnee is fine. Suzanne

Jurnee is fine. Suzanne should make a TV show out of highly-rated, free podcast AudioLoveMagic. Right after The YBF Show of course.
AudioLoveMagic's picture

I'm sorry but that girl

I'm sorry but that girl sounds horrid! She sounds like my dog when I made a mistake and back into him and stepped on his foot cause he was standing too close? WTF??!! Not to mention the fact that she's stiff as a cold dead body in the morgue. They let anybody get on...If she ever puts an album out it will go double-wood!
Teeah257's picture

[quote comment="38867"]That's

[quote comment="38867"]That's great that she is a black model, but come on Prada we have fabulous looking black women here in the U.S.A. AND YOU MEAN TO TELL ME IN THE PAST 15 YEARS YOU COULDN'T FIND ONE!!!!!!! JUST ONE TO WALK THE CAT WALK? I THINK PRADA IS A DISGRACE, AND ITS AN INSULT TO ALL BLACK WOMEN IF THEY FEEL WE SHOULD APPLAUD THEM BECAUSE THEY CHOSE ONE FEMALE OF COLOR TO WALK THEIR RUNWAY FOR 60 SECONDS. AT LEAST TYRA BANKS TRY TO GIVE SISTERS HERE A CHANCE THAT THEY OBVIOUSLY WOULD'NT GET ANYWHERE ELSE. F CK YOU PRADA.[/quote] ENOUGH SAID...
koi's picture

jourdan is too damn skinny.

jourdan is too damn skinny. cute face but she needs to eat more than that banana!
promoting health's picture

Oh, but the no. Chantel

Oh, but the no. Chantel cannot cannot, i repeat cannot sing. She has no rythmn and I just don't know what to say, except, OMG what is the music industry coming to? Ya'll please don't buy this and promote bad singing. Whitney, please come back!!
Valentine's picture

The prada model is hot.

The prada model is hot. Chantel Christie, is it? That's the most boring song and video I have ever half way watched in my life! I love new artists but not when they are like that. Hey, if my parents had million, I guess my no singing/dancing self could have a recording contract to. pfft
MrStyle's picture

That's great that she is a

That's great that she is a black model, but come on Prada we have fabulous looking black women here in the U.S.A. AND YOU MEAN TO TELL ME IN THE PAST 15 YEARS YOU COULDN'T FIND ONE!!!!!!! JUST ONE TO WALK THE CAT WALK? I THINK PRADA IS A DISGRACE, AND ITS AN INSULT TO ALL BLACK WOMEN IF THEY FEEL WE SHOULD APPLAUD THEM BECAUSE THEY CHOSE ONE FEMALE OF COLOR TO WALK THEIR RUNWAY FOR 60 SECONDS. AT LEAST TYRA BANKS TRY TO GIVE SISTERS HERE A CHANCE THAT THEY OBVIOUSLY WOULD'NT GET ANYWHERE ELSE. F CK YOU PRADA.
PISSED THE F OFF's picture

yea somebody say this but

yea somebody say this but WHAT IS JURNEE BEING HONORED FOR??!!! THAT ONE ROLE?? I MEAN SHE WAS GOOD BUT...WHATEVER. Chantel look just like her mom
JUJU's picture

Joudan Dunn looks good, she

Joudan Dunn looks good, she has some real nice strong features in some of those pics, but in others she either looks like a zombie or Whitney's long lost crackhead cousin.. and will someone get her a couple nuggets from the dollar menu, or some sausage(hey now).. either way I have more to say when she turns 18.. oh yeahhhhh. --> Chani reminds me of Amilion, either way they both sound alike and look good so go get it(I wish).. Nigga What, Nigga Who. --->
MajorKnuckles's picture

[quote comment="38892"]I

[quote comment="38892"]I agree with yall. Like all these black celebs that rock Prada....and to find this out!!!!! I say we hold a private protest and run out to Chinatown and snatch up those knock off Prada bags ASAP-LOL!!!!! Damn shame that in 2008 there are still "first black too...." awards to hand out!!![/quote] "snatch up those knock off Prada bags ASAP". Anyone ready to orgainze a charterd bus city to city to pick us up for this Chinatown (snatch up)? LMAO.
Mary's picture

somebody had to do

somebody had to do it.congrats to her. im next yall! ;]
rissa's picture

I think Prada putting Jourdan

I think Prada putting Jourdan on the catwalk is great, although, I think it has a lot to do with Naomi Campbell recently calling designers out and asking them to put more women of color on the runway. Which is a beautiful thing and I'm glad she said it but Naomi could just be ego-trippin since she-herself was not asked to walk during fashion week. Either way, like she said women of color are not a trend..I just hope now I'll see the black ANTM winners actually modeling like the Top Models do, because the only chick in the game in my eyes is YaYa and she didn't even win!
lboogie's picture

She is terrible! The singing

She is terrible! The singing and dancing is absolutely terrible. Is this Ashanti's sister?
Tiffany's picture

Guys watch this!! Cassie on

Guys watch this!! Cassie on the photoshoot for GQ She must be from another planet! She's extraterrestrically hot!!!
Dani's picture

Fuuny how Natasha always puts

Fuuny how Natasha always puts Jurnee's last name on a post. (don't know anyone with her first name). Jourdon Dunn, beautiful. Hope Jourdon and Naomi r never on the same runway. Ms Campbell does not like competition. On another note Prada could open up their runway alittle. We all know the USA has a lot of medicore singing beautiful black woman living here.
Mary's picture

Wow to Chantel's

Wow to Chantel's video/singing. I guess if you have long hair, light-skinned and have some money, you are in! That's why Bey is concidered such a threat She's light, long blonde weave (since when do black girls have barbie blonde hair like that?) AND she can sing tho! Most these pretty little girls cant sing worth a damn, that's why Beyonce is the standard to beat these days. At least she can actually sing
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FICTION.  MARCH 9.  E!  THANK

FICTION.  MARCH 9.  E!  THANK YOU FOR PLAYING. FICTION.  MARCH 9.  E!  THANK YOU FOR PLAYING. FICTION.  MARCH 9.  E!  THANK YOU FOR PLAYING. FICTION.  MARCH 9.  E!  THANK YOU FOR PLAYING.
Johnny's picture

Damn that girl looks like her

Damn that girl looks like her momma. Geez!
SkyBlu's picture

I'm gonna be real negative on

I'm gonna be real negative on this one; that Joudan Dunn girl is waaaay too skinny, it's just not a good look (to promote). She probably just came out of a growth spurt, but still... And Chantel is certainly not pretty and definitely can't sing. To compare her to Ashanti is ridiculous, Ashanti is a damn Whitney Houston compared to her!! Shit, this chick is worse than Cassie.
B.'s picture

Joudan Dunn is so damn

Joudan Dunn is so damn fierce, WOW i went to the site Natasha listed and Joudan's pix are just beautiful, shorty will def be around for a minute... And shame on Prada! So Sad!
TiP's picture

OK so..Chani..she's very

OK so..Chani..she's very pretty. (I always like to start by saying something nice). Moving on to her lyrics, vocals, dance moves and the song - they were not hot. The song was meiocre at best and thats only bcz the hook sounded cool and the guy - whoever that was rapping. She shoulda just sang th hook maybe. And wasn't the girl he cheating with that chick from Hell Date?
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