I’m especially excited about the model I’m highlighting today because not only is she a sista, but she’s also one of my island sistas. I’m talking about the lovely Joan Smalls. Joan can been seen just about everywhere lately. She has done ads for Gap, Ports 1961, Coach, Ralph Lauren and a laundry list of other big name brands. She’s currently ranked #2 on Models.com, which is no small feat considering how competitive the modeling industry is, and in 2010 she was selected to walk exclusively for Givenchy’s Spring couture show which in itself is HUGE.
Daughter to a father from St. Thomas and mother from Puerto Rico, Joan was born and raised in Puerto Rico. In 2007, she signed with Elite Management and her career literally took off at lightning speed, taking her to the runways of Jean Paul Gaultier, Christian Dior and Oscar de la Renta, just to name a few. Her beauty can translate into any look whether it’s rugged or elegant, making her a quite the chameleon…a necessity in the modeling industry. Check out some of her work below: