The Puerto Rico Stunner: Joan Smalls.

Born in July 1988 to a father from St. Thomas and Puerto Rican mother, Joan grew up on the island, but always knew her calling was in the modeling industry.

Only a year into her career, she already made her transition into film, and appeared in Ricky Martin’s “It’s Alright” video, but it was thanks to  designer Riccardo Tisci that she truly became a force on the runway. She was selected to walk exclusively for the Givenchy Spring 2010 couture show and immediately became one of the most coveted catwalk gals.

During her career, she’s walked for designers including Oscar de la Renta, Sophie Theallet, Brian Reyes, Catherine Malandrino, Jean Paul Gaultier, Stella McCartney, Prada, Derek Lam, Marc Jacobs, Alexander Wang, Jason Wu, and Hermès, as well as fellow model, Naomi Campbell’s charity runway benefitting Fashion for Relief.  With blue chip moments such as a Gucci and Givenchy campaign, as well as appearances in Vogue and Vogue Paris, Joan transitioned into stardom.

In addition to her major closing moments on the Spring 2011 Jean Paul Gaultier and Dior runway, opening moment at Yves Saint Laurent, and cover of the Fall 2010 issue of i-D.

Now she s in every magazine gracing the campaign of Gucci!!

and she s the latest face of Estee Lauder!

other pics of her!!..how nice.

4 H&M spring 2011

credit: google, bellazon, swide.com alwaysbackstage.com

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