We Bet You've Never Seen Joan Smalls Quite Like This Before
Along with It girls Emily Ratajkowski and Kate Upton, Joan Smalls is one of Glamour's October 2016 cover stars!
The Puerto Rican-born Victoria's Secret Angel, who recently caught our eye on the VMAs red carpet, is positively glowing in a flirty asymmetrical dress on the glossy front page of her spread, which, once you peer inside, is packed with a high-fashion edge, structured leather, and even a chopped red wig.
Believe it or not, it gets better. In her telling interview with the magazine — available on newsstands Sept. 13 — Joan opened up about everything from how to make it as a model to her curves and why she doesn't diet. Read on for a sneak peek at what she had to say. Then, scroll ahead to see her seriously impressive hula hoop skills before admiring her best fitness Instagrams.
- On her career success: "I had a game plan: Make sure to get an exclusive. Shoot with this photographer. Go to events. Be social. But also being black and Hispanic, you have so much to prove to yourself and your family and everybody back home. I wanted to prove to people it doesn't matter if you come from a small little island, that you can make it in this industry."
- On wishing she were curvier: "Everyone does, especially when you're younger and guys don't like you because you're flat-chested and have skinny legs. I would double up my socks so my calves looked bigger. But around junior high school, my attitude changed. I was like, It is what it is."
- On how she stays so fit: "I don't diet. I'm Puerto Rican! You can never take my rice, pork, and beans away. Plus, I love to cook. I'm one of those people who stay in the kitchen standing while everything is cooking, checking on everything. I picked that up from my grandmother. So yeah, I'm still going to indulge. I just do the extra 10 minutes at the gym. I've been boxing since college."
- On her hope for the beauty industry: "I'd like to see more beauty campaigns for girls who are mixed Latina and black. And if I'm in them, that's great, but overall there's a scarcity there. Companies need to be more mindful of the world we live in and who their consumer is."