Joan Smalls ~ Biography

By: My How Book | People | Jan 12 2014

A Puerto Rican fashion model, Joan Smalls Rodriguez was born on July 11, 1988 (age 25). Joan is ranked the #1 model in the world according to models.com since September 2012. Her height is 5feet 10 inches. Her nationality is Puerto Rican and her nationality is Black. Joan Smalls Rodriguez was born and raised in Hatillo, Puerto Rico. She is the daughter of Eric Smalls and Betzaida Rodriguez. Joan ranks at number #8 on Forbes: The World's Highest-Paid Models, 2013. Joan was the first Latina face of Estée Lauder Cosmetics history. In January 2014, Joan graced the cover of American Elle, the issue was dubbed "The Return of the Supermodel: It's Joan Smalls", cementing Joan's status as a Supermodel, an honor for any model.

Given that American Elle is usually reserved for Hollywood starlets and singers it’s big news when a model lands on the front page. Joan comes from a multi-ethnic family. Her mother is a multi-racial Puerto Rican(Spanish, Taino Indian and South Asian (Indian) heritage); her father has African and Irish ancestry, from St. Thomas. On the cover shoot for W Magazine, Joan, who grew up in the countryside of Puerto Rico, gets the “What is she?” question a lot, the Latina stunner explains:“I’m a little bit of everything,” she says. “Sometimes people think I’m not Puerto Rican, because my name doesn’t sound Spanish”. But as if there were any doubt, the Boricua proved her birthright on the shoot. “They put on Hector Lavoe, the famous Puerto Rican salsa singer, and I started dancing in my six-inch stilettos,” “I was fortunate enough to grow up with a global outlook on life,” Joan graduated Magna Cum Laude from the InterAmerican University of Puerto Rico with a Bachelor's Degree in Psychology, then made the move to New York City to become a model.

She was immediately signed by Elite Model Management in 2007. In 2009 she left Elite Model Management and signed with IMG Models worldwide, where she changed her focus to runway work. This led to her breakthrough after being signed as a Givenchy exclusive for Riccardo Tisci's Spring/Summer Haute Couture show in January 2010. Her net worth is about $6 million. Since then, she's cemented her major-league status walking the entire fashion alphabet from Alberta Feretti to Viktor & Rolf and has been chosen by brands including Givenchy, Fendi, Calvin Klein Jeans, Chanel, Gucci, Roberto Cavalli and Stella McCartney to front their advertising campaigns: a true sign of her bankable, Supermodel status. The youngest of three sisters, Smalls grew up on a farm that produced fruit and livestock, but her interests lay elsewhere. She learned about modeling by watching Fashion TV, and by the age of 13 she was entering local modeling competitions. She hates travelling and she loves home cooked food. Her boyfriend is Bernard Smith. Joan has walked the catwalks for the world's top designers and has appeared in campaigns for, amongst others, Gucci, Gucci Eyewear, Chanel, Fendi, Fendi Eyewear, Calvin Klein Jeans, Givenchy, Givenchy Eyewear, Roberto Cavalli, Lacoste, Gap, H&M, GiambattistaValli, David Yurman, Estée Lauder (Multi-Year, Multi-Million-Dollar Contract), Mercedes-Benz, Barneys New York, Ports 1961, Ralph Lauren, Rag & Bone, PrabalGurung, Hugo Boss, Hugo Boss Eyewear, Tiffany & Co., Stella McCartney, Versace, and Versace Eyewear.

She was featured alongside singer Bruno Mars in the June 2011 edition of Vogue. In 2006 she appeared in Ricky Martin's “It's Alright” music video. In November 2013, she co-starred with actor Michael K. Williams in the music video and short film for the American rapper ASAP Rocky's track "Phoenix", written by Asia Argento and Francesco Carrozzini while directed by the latter. In December, 2013 Joan appeared in Beyoncé's "Yoncé" music video. Joan has worked with the most noted, acclaimed and iconic fashion photographers in the world like Steven Meisel, Mert and Marcus, Mario Sorrenti, Mario Testino, Peter Lindbergh, Patrick Demarchelier, Nick Knight, Karl Lagerfeld, Annie Leibovitz, Craig McDean, Hans Feurer, Terry Richardson, David Sims, Inez &Vinoodh, Norman Jean Roy, Camilla Akrans, Alasdair McLellan, Ellen Von Unwerth, Emma Summerton, Josh Olins, Mikael Jansson, Daniel Jackson, Tom Munro, Willy Vanderperre, Michael Thompson, Luigi Murenu and Daniele Iango, Sean &Seng, SabastianFaena, SølveSundsbø and CuneytAkeroglu. In 2011 Estée Lauder signed her to its line-up of global beauty ambassadors.

Joan became the first Latina face of the company.Her international Covers include; Vogue Italia, Vogue Australia, Vogue Japan, Vogue Turkey, Vogue Brazil, Vogue Korea, Vogue Russia, Vogue Spain, and Vogue Germany, also covers for Elle US, Elle UK, Elle France, GQ South Africa, GQ Mexico, GQ Style UK, W Magazine shot by Steven Meisel, who dubbed, Joan & Karlie as "Super Modern Supermodels", W Magazine Korea, i-D, Last Magazine, 032c, Harper's Bazaar UK, Harper's Bazaar Brazil, Harper's Bazaar Singapore, Harper's Bazaar Bulgaria, Harper's Bazaar Thailand, Pop, Dazed & Confused, Stylist, Style.com and V Magazine. She appeared in Vanity Fair and was officially named "The New Supers", with friend and fellow model KarlieKloss. She also appeared in the 2012 Pirelli Calendar, and has appeared in editorials for several international editions of Vogue, Harpers Bazaar, i-D, GQ, Dazed & Confused, Elle, American and Spanish V Magazine, Glamour, and W Magazine. In addition to her passion for fashion, Joan is involved with a non-profit organization called Project Sunshine, where she helps children with medical needs. Joan Smalls have many fan, there are fan blogs and fan sites dedicated to her. She is also available on twitter , instagram etc.

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