Joan Smalls: The Star

Text: Monika Kwiecien

Born in 1988 with origin from Puerto Rico, Joan smalls or Joan Rodriguez -which is her real name- with the power of classic beauty and exotic skin, started her modeling career five years ago. ”I was told I was too tall, too thin and too dark”,  she said in an interview, but that’s a great example of how things we have as disadvantages, often become advantages.

Joan’s first job was a Ricky Martin’s video she appeared in, and two years ago, in 2010, Riccardo Tisci chose her for his Givenchy summer collection. Not bad at all, since that’s when her star began to shine! Gucci, Lacoste, Calvin Klein, Stella McCartney, Estee Lauder and Gap, are just a few names of the 15 campaigns that she did. Joan is one of the most wanted girls on the catwalk; in A/W 2012 she walked for 44 shows and she also became a Victoria Secret’s angel and -as if all this was not enough- she also managed to be ranked No.1 in the most important international modeling site, stealing the first place from Lara Stone,  who was on top for almost two years and a half.

Joan Smalls is, without a second thought, on top!