Thursday, July 19, 2012

Home Girl

I simply cannot conjure up enough superlatives to accurately describe why I am so enamoured with Puerto Rican model Joan Smalls. For me, Small exemplifies all of the qualities that I associate with a modern day beauty. Aside from her incandescent good looks, Smalls also exhibits a refreshing humility, grace, an uncompromising work ethic, and an ability to articulate and charm even the most jaded of industry stalwarts. Added to this list of commendable attributes is Smalls' obvious pride and acknowledgement of her Puerto Rican roots and the significance of her role in the media as a representative for minorities. In short, Smalls has earned her place as one of the true contenders for supermodel status amongst the current generation of three season wonders.

American Vogue provides a glimpse into the personal life of Smalls with an endearing editorial shot in her hometown of Hatillo in Puerto Rico. Smalls is photographed by Norman Jean Roy whilst taking time out to catch up with her family members. The accompanying article and visuals are a delight and shed some light into the inner machinations of a woman whose beauty is clearly more than skin deep.

Twenty-three year old Smalls has been modelling for four years and floundered in her early years as a commercial catalogue model before coming to the attention of Givenchy's head designer Riccardo Tisci. With Tisci's master stroke of approval, interest in Smalls kicked into overdrive with high fashion runway appearances galore and blue chip campaigns for Gucci, Stella McCartney, Roberto Cavalli, Chanel, Givenchy, Fendi, Calvin Klein Jeans, H&M, David Yurman and the clincher of them all, an Estée Lauder Cosmetics contract. Cover appearances for Vogue Italia, W, Australian Vogue, the Last Magazine, Pop, V and i-D, all point towards an  imminent American Vogue cover. I and no doubt countless others, will be barracking for Smalls once her 'moment' arrives.

Erika, Joan and Betsy Smalls
US Vogue - August 2012
Photographer - Norman Jean Roy
Source - thefashionspot.com

Joan Smalls and Eric Rodriguez
US Vogue - August 2012
Photographer - Norman Jean Roy
Source - thefashionspot.com

US Vogue - August 2012
Photographer - Norman Jean Roy
Source - thefashionspot.com

US Vogue - August 2012
Photographer - Norman Jean Roy
Source - thefashionspot.com

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