If you don’t know Joan Smalls’ name yet, you will. The Puerto Rican supermodel was one of the most wildly in-demand models of the Fall 2010 Fashion Week season—no small feat, after primarily being known as a catalog model for most of her three year career. Her big moment came in January, when Smalls made a surprise appearance in the all-important Givenchy Haute Couture show in Paris. Next thing you know, she’s working every major fashion show in New York, Milan and Paris—and killing it. The cheekbones, the piercing eyes, the caramel skin…whatever “it” is, Joan Smalls has it in spades. Not to toot our own horn, but ESSENCE.com always knew she’d be a star! Last September, we had the fledgling model keep a diary for us as she journeyed through castings, fittings and shows during the Spring 2010 season. Here, we’ve compiled a gallery of the top model’s most memorable fashion moments.
The 21-year-old looks stunning swathed in a gauzy gown and creamy, barely-there makeup at the Sophie Theallet Spring 2010 show.
Joann Small went from a moderately successful catalog and sometimes-runway model to a bonafide catwalk queen after gracing the Givenchy Haute Couture Spring 2010 runway.
At the casting for BCBG’s Spring 2010 show, the Puerto Rican stunner strikes a pose with her fellow Latina supermodels, Roza Gough and Rose Cordero.
Smalls’s elegant turn on the Etro Fall 2010 catwalk had all the editors in Milan abuzz. The ensemble is super-chic, but we’re obsessed with her sleek side-part and gray smokey eyes.
Wearing minimal makeup and softly curled strands, Smalls was positively aglow at Sam Fine’s ‘The Basics of Beauty’ DVD launch last summer.
One of Smalls’ first major runway moments was Diane Von Furstenberg’s Fall 2008 show, where she slinked down the runway in a 1940s-era sweater set and Ava Gardner hair. Gorgeous!
At the Rodarte Fall 2010 show, Smalls glided down the runway in suede pants, a flouncy beige blouse and ultra-sleek hair.
At Fashion’s Night Out last fall, Joan and Sports Illustrated Swimsuit model Damaris Lewis flaunted their Marc Jacobs shades for the camera.
Smalls gave a classic trench oodles of sex appeal on Gucci’s Fall 2010 catwalk.
Oscar De La Renta sent models down his Spring 2010 runway rocking beribboned, braided headbands (very Frieda Kahlo-meets-Swiss Miss). Joan looked positively luminous!