7 Feb

It’s been a while since I’ve done a Spotlight segment. That’s because I haven’t been inspired or motivated by anything or anyone as of late. The last segment was on ColorBlind Magazine and before that, the very first one, was on fashion illustrator Hayden Williams. This months spotlight will feature Joan Smalls.  joan smalls 1

I’m sure many of you are familiar with the name Joan Smalls, especially if you follow the fashion industry, and even if you don’t I’m positive that you have seen her gorgeous face.  The 24 year old Puerto Rican stunner, has been modeling since 2007 when she signed with Elite Model Management, now she resides, like the greats before her, at IMG. Having walked in countless runway shows for some of the biggest names in fashion, Ms. Smalls got her exclusive high fashion start in Paris for the Givenchy couture show, the rest is supermodel history. Now, you cannot turn a page in a magazine without seeing her featured in an ad. She is the face of Gucci, David Yurman, Estee Lauder, and did a fabulous spread for Fendi shot by Karl Lagerfeld to name a few. Joan Smalls for David Yurman

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For a long time I have always been captivated by Ms. Smalls but aside from her  striking presence and signature walk, I could never figure out why I was drawn to her, until I saw her on MTV’s “This Is How I made it”. The interview she gave, telling how she made it, her setbacks and how she persevered was so inspiring, I felt as if she was speaking to me. I will always be motivated by hard working women who strive for greatness and never give up on their dreams. That is why February’s Spotlight  is flashing brightly on Ms. Joan Smalls.

Check out a clip of her on ‘This Is How I Made It’

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US VOGUE May 2012

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Mugler SS 2012

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Victoria’s Secret

Ranked #1 model in the world by

Salvatore Ferragamo

Ranked #1 model in the world by

Ranked #1 model in the world by


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