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Joan Smalls Heralded As The “Return Of The Supermodel” By ELLE: “Beauty Is Universal!”

Submitted by on December 6, 2013 – 11:27 amNo Comment

Joan Smalls is doing big things. The 25-year-old Puerto Rican beauty is a bonafide supermodel crowned as the future of fashion on the cover of the January 2014 issue of Elle.

“The word supermodel is overused, but if there is any woman of our generation who deserves the title, it’s Joan,” says Estee Lauder‘s Richard Ferretti. “She has the perfect face.”

And Smalls has used that face to become fashion royalty, even garnering the title of “#1 Model In The World” by Vogue Brazil. “I came to New York with a dream,” she says of her start in modeling. “I came to do what I saw girls doing in campaigns, in editorials—great things, challenging things.”

But breaking into fashion wasn’t easy for Smalls who had to fight through a lack of diversity on the road to success. “People hide behind the word aesthetic,” she explains.  “They say, ‘Well, it’s just that designer’s aesthetic.’ But when you see 18 seasons in a row and not one single model outside a certain skin color…? There are people in the industry who are advocates, who support diversity. And there are people who do not. I don’t get it. Beauty is universal. These doors have to open.”

Head on over to Elle.com for Joan Smalls’ full story and pick up the issue when it hits newsstands on December 17. Do you think Smalls could bring back the era of the supermodel?

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