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...


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.

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.

What’s been your biggest fashion mistake? I hope I haven’t had one!

What do you have a weakness for? Kittens and shoes.

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.

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