This Week's Model: Joan Smalls
Joan Smalls (seen here backstage at Roberto Cavalli) has been modeling since 2007, but you could say that it’s only now that she’s really getting noticed. The 21-year-old previously appeared in the Nordstrom catalogue and walked for smaller designers like Benajmin Cho and Heatherette. But this past January she landed her big break with an exclusive at Givenchy couture. “It was my rebirth,” says the Puerto Rico native. “I will always be appreciative to Ricardo Tisci for believing in me.” After seeing her all over the fall runways, we were more than ready to get to get to know Smalls a little better.
When did you realize you wanted to be a model?
I became obsessed watching fashion TV shows when I was a teenager and recognized that I had the height and body frame. I especially became hooked when I saw on E! True Hollywood Story how much a model can make and how I can achieve a better living for my family and me.
What was your first big splurge when you made it in the modeling world?
I got my dad a pickup truck.
What are your favorite hangouts back home?
A town called Pinones that has secluded beaches that I would frequent with my boyfriend. It felt like paradise.
Burberry fall 2010, left.; Gucci fall 2010
Tell us a favorite childhood memory.
When I was about four years old I would sneak my two dogs Milo and Otis into my room and have them lay on each side of me while I watched Sesame Street.
What are three things that you always carry in your suitcase?
My bikini, a pair of black high heels and a pair of comfortable jeans.
Prada fall 2010, left. Givenchy spring 2010
What’s been your biggest fashion mistake?
I hope I haven’t had one!
What do you have a weakness for?
Kittens and shoes.
Clockwise from top: Ports 1961 spring 2008 campaign; Liz Claiborne 2007 campaign; Bond magazine cover
Give us three words to describe yourself.
Caring, funny and astute.
If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?
To not be so affected by negative situations.
Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
Hopefully successful, and with a family.
Clockwise from top: V magazine’s July 2008 issue; backstage at Etro fall 2010; Isaac Mizrahi fall 2010
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