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Joan Smalls Covers Glam Belleza Latina’s Spring Issue

Image by Jonas Bresnan.

Joan Smalls, the modelo of the moment, opens up to Glam Belleza Latina’s spring issue about everything from cultural pride, to chasing her dreams, to finally making it big.

To pick up a copy of the spring 2014 issue, out March 18, check out select newsstands in New York City, Los Angeles, and Miami or visit http://glamlatina.com/get-your-issue/ to request one.

Check out quotes from Joan’s interview:

Joan on whether she dreamed of modeling when she was little:

“Oh no. I grew up on a farm in Puerto Rico and wanted to be a veterinarian. I was always playing with animals! But…people would tell my parents that I should model.”

Joan on feedback to her appearance in Beyoncé’s “Yoncé” video:

“Some were like, ‘I didn’t know Joan could move like that!’”

Joan on her heritage:

“[P]eople don’t realize that when you’re Latin, you’re so diverse. I am black. I am Latin. I am Spanish. You know? It’s a little bit of everything, and that’s beautiful. So, everybody, claim me. I’m fine with that!”

Joan on signing with Estée Lauder:

“[I]t was an affirmation that Latinas were beautiful and worthy of being represented. I’m their first Latina model, and it felt like a sisterhood with [Estée Lauder models] Constance [Jablonski] and Liu Wen. I felt like the contract represented my beliefs.”

Joan on beauty tips from her mother:

“Well, to this day she still says, ‘Tu no te vas a poner lipstick?’ She always wears it, so even if I’m wearing lip gloss, she’ll ask if I plan to wear color.”