Joan Smalls (actually Joan Smalls Rodriguez) is a 25-year old Puerto Rican model who has graced the covers of world’s top fashion magazines and modelled for no end of high-end fashion houses (Chanel, Gucci, Stella McCartney, Givenchy, Calvin Klein, Versace and Fendi to name just a few). Despite all of this and her stunning looks she is perhaps still not as well-known as many models who are ranked far lower in the Models.com world rankings.
She has actually been the world’s top model since 2012 according to the Models.com figures and amongst her many achievements she is the first Latino model to become the face of Estee Lauder. In fact apart from that Beyonce video this is most likely to be the place you will recognise her face from.
Estee Lauder for one seem delighted to have secured Joan’s services. The company’s Global Creative Director said of her ‘The word supermodel is overused, but if there is any woman of our generation who deserves the title, it’s Joan.’
Joan has said that part of her appeal may be down to the fact that she is such a mix of heritages. As she says ‘I am black. I am Latin. I am Spanish. You know? It’s a little bit of everything, and that’s beautiful. So, everybody, claim me. I’m fine with that!’
She has worked with the world’s top fashion photographers with Princess Diana’s favourite photographer Mario Testino describing Joan as being ‘out of this world.’
If you want to see more of Joan and read her talking about her early life then catch the latest copy of Glam Belleza Latina which is on sale now.