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What you need to know about Joan Smalls is pretty much just her name, everything else is as plain to the eyes as Katie Price’s lack of shame is to.. well, the world. Currently ranked at number 4 in the Models.com Top 50 models Joan is having a little bit of a moment. If you can class this past year as a moment anyway.

Hailing from Puerto Rico she made her debut for Riccardo Tisci‘s Givenchy Couture presentation in Paris before going on to walk in over forty shows over the show season. That’s a whole lot of walking for a girl on her debut season. Since then she’s gone on to star in campaigns for GucciStella McCartney and Estée Lauder, appear in a multitude of editorials for US and British Vogue, and bag a cover if i-D. This month the team at British Elle decided it was time for Joan to get some more British loving and gave her her very Limited Edition cover (try tracking one down, I dare you. It’s like a fashion mission) along with an editorial. It’s pretty rare for Elle to have model covers, but let’s hope it’s a sign of things to come.

Check out Joan’s Elle cover and familiarise yourself with this little lady. It’s a name to know.


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