Glam­our

Glamour (South Africa) - - Glamour Goddess -

God­dess

Speak­ing of be­ing mind­ful, you called out Maxim on Snapchat when they mis­tak­enly put your name on a photo of Brazil­ian model Lais Ribeiro. You told them, “Get your sh-t to­gether.” It’s like, come on, guys. You’ve seen me enough, or just dou­ble-check. It goes back to that whole thing of, “Oh, we all look alike.” And Lais, she’s beau­ti­ful, she’s a friend and I’m re­ally hon­oured to have been com­pared to her, but she should have her own im­age. At a cer­tain point, it starts get­ting to me. When things like that hap­pen, do you go di­rectly to so­cial me­dia? What’s your out­let? I have two older sis­ters. They know ev­ery­thing. Same with my mom. When the Maxim thing hap­pened, I was with them in Puerto Rico, and we sat and talked through how I should re­spond. They’re my big­gest cheer­lead­ers. Say I don’t get a job, they’re like, “Joan, just con­tinue on.” They taught me to be­lieve in my­self, to al­ways kick butt and take names. “Be that Joanji that we know,” they say. You’re clearly proud of your her­itage, but you’ve talked about grow­ing up and not fit­ting into the phys­i­cal ideal in Puerto Rico. So you wished that you were curvier? Of course. Every­one does, es­pe­cially when you’re younger and guys don’t like you be­cause you’re flat- chested and have skinny legs. I would dou­ble up my socks so that my calves looked big­ger! But dur­ing my early high school years, my at­ti­tude changed. I was like, it is what it is. But in the fash­ion world, isn’t every­one on a diet? I don’t diet. I’m Puerto Ri­can! You can never take away my rice, pork and beans. Plus, I love to cook. I’m one of those peo­ple who stays in the kitchen, stand­ing while ev­ery­thing is cook­ing, check­ing on ev­ery­thing. I got that from my grand­mother. So yeah, I’m still go­ing to in­dulge. I just do the ex­tra 10 min­utes at the gym. I’ve been box­ing since var­sity. What about beauty? What’s your off- duty rou­tine? When I’m back in Puerto Rico, I let my hair be wild and curly. I’ll leave con­di­tioner in it and let it air- dry. But I al­ways do my brows – I have a lit­tle scar on my left eye­brow, so I al­ways fill them in with a pen­cil. And I put on lots of Estée Lauder Ad­vanced Night Re­pair Serum ( R765). I even use it on my lips. So what’s next – fu­ture goals? Real es­tate fas­ci­nates me. I bought an apart­ment in Brook­lyn a year ago and turned it into a mod­els’ apart­ment. I wanted to cre­ate a place where new mod­els would feel com­fort­able: it has a gym, a door­man and there’s not, like, 10 of them in two bed­rooms. My boyfriend [Model­lounge founder Bernard Smith] and I are al­ways think­ing up ways to tie fash­ion with other worlds. You’ll see celebri­ties do­ing cer­tain things, and we’re like, “Why aren’t mod­els do­ing it? Let’s pitch that idea!” That’s how I be­came W Ho­tels’ first global fash­ion in­no­va­tor (cre­at­ing de­sign, event and travel prod­uct ideas and brand part­ner­ships). Bernard is some­one I can bounce ideas off. Do you need that in a part­ner? Yes. But I also need some­one who can dance. I can’t take some­one with two left feet. And they need a sense of hu­mour. If I mess with some­body, it’s be­cause I love them, but you need to be able to throw jokes at me, too. We’re al­ways be­ing stupid with each other. But most im­por­tantly, they need to be am­bi­tious. I need some­one who al­ways wants more out of life. Like me – I’m just that way.

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