Saturday, July 7, 2018

Joan Smalls, Puerto Rico's Top Model


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Joan Smalls in an ad for United Colors of Benetton.

Joan Smalls-Rodriguez (11 July 1988, born Joan Smalls Rodriquez), known professionally as Joan Smalls, is a Puerto Rican model and actress.

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Joan Smalls is from Hatillo, Puerto Rico, a big producer of milk for the island that is located on the northwestern coast.

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Smalls is of African, Irish, Spanish, Taino, and Indian (South Asian) ancestry. She is 5'10.5" / 179cm tall.

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After graduating from the Interamerican University of Puerto Rico with a bachelor's degree in psychology, Joan moved to New York to become a model. Within a year, Elite Model Management signed her in 2007. Just like that, Joan Smalls was a model.

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Success did not happen for Joan Smalls overnight, but, in the grand scheme of things, it did happen before long. After getting her start with Elite, Joan grew dissatisfied with the slow pace of her career and moved to IMG Models in 2009. IMG put her on the S/S catwalks for Givenchy in January 2010. Joan was a huge hit and began getting other offers. She has continued to walk the runways for Givenchy, Versace, and other top brands ever since.

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Joan Smalls walking in the 2016 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show at the Grand Palais in Paris.

Joan walked in the Victoria's Secret Fashion Show from 2011 to 2016. She wore the largest wings yet in the 2016 show held in the Grand Palais in Paris.

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Constance Jablonski and Joan Smalls for Tom Pecheux's new looks for Estée Lauder.

Smalls is perhaps best known for her ads for Estée Lauder. These include Estée Lauder's Double Wear Makeup and Even Skintone Illuminator skin treatment. Joan has collaborated with Estée Lauder to design 12 New Matte Lipsticks as permanent parts of the brand's offerings.

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In 2017, Joan became the face of Moschino fragrance Fresh Couture Gold, her first such fragrance campaign. That year, Smalls also became the first Global Fashion Innovator for W Hotels Worldwide.

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Among Joan Small's covers:

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March Harper's Bazaar Arabia, Harper's Bazaar Arabia 
2017
December Vogue Italy
October Harper's Bazaar Japan
September The Impression, Vogue Japan, Vogue Japan, Harper's Bazaar Korea, Harper's Bazaar Spain, Harper's Bazaar Germany, Harper's Bazaar Netherlands, Harper's Bazaar Czech
June Vogue Brazil, Vogue Brazil
March Harper's Bazaar Arabia, Harper's Bazaar Man Malaysia
February ES Magazine
January V Magazine, Vogue Mexico 

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Chanel Iman, Jourdan Dunn
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and Joan Smalls, of course.

Joan has an enviable list of "firsts" as a model. These include being the first Puerto Rican to be the top model for Givenchy, Gucci, Chanel, Versace, Ralph Lauren, Calvin Klein Jeans, and many, many other top brands.

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Smalls has won some prestigious awards as a model. She was named "Model of the Year" at the 9th Annual "Style Awards" in September 2012. Her fellow supermodel Cindy Crawford posted on her own Facebook page that Smalls "has great style - sexy and elegant with a touch of tomboy thrown in!"

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Joan Small's in "Yoncé."

Like many top models, Joan has dipped her toe into acting. She has been in "Set It Up" (2018), "John Wick: Chapter 2" (2017), and the videos "Kanye West: Wolves" (2016) and "Yoncé" (2014) for Beyoncé,  among several other projects.

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Joan Smalls in Isabela, Puerto Rico (Brock Stoneham via NBC News).

Joan Smalls has almost 3 million followers on Instagram, which is a huge number, and she posts about once a day.

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Joan Smalls in Isabela, Puerto Rico (Brock Stoneham via NBC News).

Smalls participates in Project Sunshine, Jeans for Refugees, The Garden of Dreams Foundations, and other philanthropic projects.




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