At just 24-years-old, Joan Smalls has been named the top supermodel in the world. The Puerto Rican-born beauty was recently ranked number one on the list of top 50 models by Models.com.
“It feels amazing being number one,” Smalls said in an interview with Models.com. “I am extremely flattered, honored and just blessed because it just cements that all my hard work means something and it paid off.”
Just this year alone, Smalls has represented brands like Chanel, Calvin Klein and Lacoste. She’s graced the covers of W, GQ and Vogue magazines and she’s the current the face of Estée Lauder.
Smalls may be among the small group of women of color in the fashion world, but that isn’t stopping her from making large strides. “Being in the Fendi campaign as the only girl is a great deal, especially if you’re a Black girl,” she said. “Some people think it’s a challenge being diverse. You just have to remember who you are, where you’re come from. And that’s why you see me stomp and walk as hard as I can.”
Other supermodels ranked on the top 50 list include Karlie Kloss, Arizona Muse and Abbey Lee Kershaw.