BEAUTY IN­SIDER

SHE’S SMART AND TAL­ENTED, WITH ONE OF THE FIERCEST WALKS IN THE FASH­ION IN­DUS­TRY. WE GET UP-CLOSE AND PER­SONAL WITH THE UNIQUE-LOOK­ING BEAUTY (SHE’S PART AFRICAN, SPAN­ISH, TAINO IN­DIAN AND IR­ISH), JOAN SMALLS, OUR GIRL CRUSH OF THE MONTH.

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Puerto Ri­can beauty Joan Smalls talks about her col­lab with Moschino for the new Gold Fresh scent.

It’s been eight years since this leggy beauty made her of­fi­cial de­but on Givenchy’s Spring/Sum­mer Haute Cou­ture run­way and through­out that pe­riod, we’ve seen her ac­com­plish a lot. She’s the first Latina model to front an Estēe Lauder cam­paign, she’s walked the an­nual Vic­to­ria’s Se­cret run­way year af­ter year (from 2011 to 2016), and she’s cur­rently one of the high­est-paid mod­els around. Here, this Puerto Ri­can tells us about di­ver­sity, self­less­ness and be­ing the new face of the lat­est Moschino fra­grance, Gold Fresh Cou­ture.

You’re listed among the ‘New Su­pers’ as well as in the ‘Money’ rank by mod­els.com. What makes you hap­pier: sta­tus or money?

“I think be­ing able to have sta­tus is just a reminder that your hard work pays off and peo­ple give you credit for it, and that is ex­tremely flat­ter­ing. Money is al­ways a plus – it def­i­nitely helps and I’m ex­tremely grate­ful for it. But it’s not why I love do­ing what I do.”

When did you re­alise that you had the po­ten­tial to go far?

“My char­ac­ter is hard to sat­isfy, there­fore I’m al­ways search­ing for more; more out of life and more out my ca­reer. A con­stant growth is my drive.” What does Puerto Rico mean to you? “Puerto Rico is home. It’s where my roots are. No mat­ter where I travel to, it’s al­ways in my heart.”

You’ve be­come a spokesper­son for di­ver­sity. Have you been re­fused for jobs be­cause of the colour of your skin?

“Yes, I’ve been re­fused op­por­tu­ni­ties for the colour of my skin and that’s un­for­tu­nate and very nar­row-minded. But I never let that hold me down. I’ve sur­rounded my­self with creative in­di­vid­u­als who see beauty for what it is. Your race, color or creed is what’s beau­ti­ful and be­ing in­clu­sive of all. It’s an up­hill bat­tle that peo­ple dom’t see be­hind closed doors, emails and when brands just think of fill­ing a stereo­type or us­ing a model as a con­ve­nient mar­ket­ing strat­egy. It’s about push­ing through all the neg­a­tive noise.”

Do you pre­fer to be de­scribed as cute or sexy?

“I’d say I’m a good com­bi­na­tion of both. I think be­ing cute is sexy. And hav­ing a lit­tle edge and mys­tery keeps peo­ple want­ing more.”

You are now the face of Moschino Gold Fresh Cou­ture per­fume. How did you click with Jeremy Scott (Creative Di­rec­tor at Moschino)?

“Jeremy is a gen­uine, tal­ented and real in­di­vid­ual. I ad­mire how he ex­presses him­self so lively in his de­signs. It’s very unique. And it never feels like work – he puts some fun in ev­ery­thing he does!”

How would you de­scribe the woman who wears Gold Fresh Cou­ture? “Dar­ing and will­ing to have fun at the same time.”

What is the fra­grance like? Is it spicy and out­spo­ken like you? “Ab­so­lutely! Be­ing Puerto Ri­can and black, you get a good mix­ture of spici­ness and pas­sion. I was raised to speak up for my­self in any sit­u­a­tion, and that it’s okay to ask ques­tions. If you can’t stand up for your­self, then no one else will.”

You stud­ied psy­chol­ogy and grad­u­ated in two years in­stead of four. If you weren’t mod­el­ing, what would you be do­ing in­stead?

“I would have con­tin­ued and got­ten my Doc­tor­ate in Psy­chol­ogy. I love get­ting to know in­di­vid­u­als and what drives them, and how you can un­der­stand the hu­man psy­che and aid in help­ing. Be­ing em­pa­thetic and open­minded is some­thing not ev­ery­one can do. My mother is a so­cial worker and she has in­spired me to want to help and give at­ten­tion to oth­ers; that’s the most self­less thing to do.”

MOSCHINO GOLD FRESH COU­TURE EDP 100ML, RM400

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