Jourdan Dunn on her fears, the meaning of life and her love of chicken curry

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What will the supermodel and entrepreneur, 27, make of our existential questions?

What is the meaning of life?

Living your best life and being your best self. You need to make sure you look after mind, body and soul. Stay healthy, active and do what makes you happy. Most importantly, family. Family is everything.

What is the difference between right and wrong?

If you need to question it then it must be wrong, I really think you can feel when something is right. Always trust your gut instinct.

Where is your happy place?

When I get my downtime! My ideal day is when I keep on top of my health and wellbeing - staying hydrated with my bottle of smartwater in my bag at all times, having time for meditation or boxing with my brother, that’s when I feel my best and happiest. My head just feels so clear and my body recharged.

Nature or nurture?

They sometimes come hand in hand but… nature. I did a yoga retreat at the start of the year and I was surrounded by nature and felt so at peace. It was the ultimate meditation spot.

Is it more important to be liked or respected?

Respected. Not everyone is going to like each other, but if everyone respected each other a little more the world would run more harmoniously.

Who or what is your greatest love?

My son Riley. As cliché as it sounds I’ve never known a love like it and can’t imagine my life without him.

When did you last lie?

I don’t really lie, but sometimes I withhold the whole truth. Not everyone needs to know everything.

Does the supernatural exist?

Yes, definitely. I have experienced and seen things that confirm that the supernatural exists.

Jourdan Dunn featured in her upcoming campaign with smartwater UK

Are you fatalistic?

Partly, yes. I think that everything happens for a reason but that may not be shown until months or even years later.

What is your greatest fear?

Fear is not an option. I have that quote tattooed on my arm, it’s from Diane von Furstenberg’s book [The Woman I Wanted To Be]. If I fear anything then it prevents me from living my life to my full potential.

Animals or babies?

I kind of have to say babies!

What talent do you yearn for?

I really wish I could sing and play a musical instrument.

Do you like to be complimented? 

I think everyone likes to be complimented, but I’m not very good at taking them.

Do you have a high pain threshold?

I’m pretty tough when it comes to pain – you have to be when you’re a model. Sometimes you’ll be wearing shoes that aren’t the right fit or be running from place to place – my feet hate me!

What book do you recommend most to others?

I am currently reading five books, but I would have to say Oprah Winfrey’s The Wisdom Of Sundays. It has great quotes and you can go back and read over them again and again.

The front cover of The Wisdom of Sundays by Oprah Winfrey

Jourdan Dunn returns to Oprah’s peals of widsom time and time again

Which lesson has been the hardest to learn?

Motherhood. Because you have to learn to be selfless. I see Riley as my teacher and me as his student; he teaches me how to be a mother.

What food sums up happiness?

Any type of curry, but mostly my mum’s chicken curry.

What have you never understood?

How people skip meals. I can’t skip a meal, I get hangry.

Jourdan Dunn featured in her upcoming campaign with smartwater UK

Are you scared of dying or what happens when you die?

No, I don’t think it’s healthy to live in fear of dying, we have beautiful lives to live and that should be our focus. Who knows what’s waiting on the other side.

What is the one thing you want to know before you die?

Who shot Tupac.

Quinoa or Quavers?

Quinoa. I don’t eat crisps.

Jourdan Dunn is the face of smartwater in the UK and smartwater, is available for purchase at all major stockists. 

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