Joan Smalls is scorching the latest cover of American Elle magazine for the first time & speaking out against discrimination in the modeling industry
Joan Smalls Covers Elle Magazine
Puetro Rican supermodel Joan Smalls has been grinding on the modeling for a while now and her hard work is continuing to pays off as she’s the latest cover girl for the January 2014 issue of ELLE Magazine.
The slimmy-trimmy banger, who Forbes listed as the 8th highest paid model in the world, told fans that she’s “honored” and “still pinching” herself after snagging the cover. She had this to say in regards to the lack of diversity in the modeling industry:
“People hide behind the word aesthetic. 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.”
Kudos to Joan for representing well for women of color while making major moves in the modeling world! You can check out her full spread and interview when the magazine hits newsstands on December 17th.
Photo Credit: Michael Thompson/ELLE