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Joan Smalls Wasn’t Here For This Attack On Her Black Pride

September 25th, 2016 - By Ashley Monaé
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Racial tensions in America, as we all know, are quite high and it seems like everyone is experiencing their own dose. Recently, supermodel Joan Smalls was called out when she posted a gorgeous photo of herself rocking an afro.

Instagram user @foreign.extract asked “Are you really down for the cause?” to which another user @gypseehustle replied,”No she’s not. Very seldom do I see her standing up and speaking in honor of black people. I’ve seen one interview where she talked about being a black model is a little more difficult. She’s very pro Puerto Rican though.”

However, Smalls made it clear that she wasn’t one to let such an attack go down in her comments. “@gypseehustle sweetie. Do me a favor please don’t assume my beliefs or values. I am pro human. I’m a mixed child, embracing ALL of my background and cultures,” she clapped back. “I know it’s confusing for some people to understand. You don’t know me or my family history. Don’t assume that’s all. All love”

#ClapBackSeason : #JoanSmalls vs. Fan

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The interview @gypseehustle was referring to was a 2014 interview conducted by Porter Magazine where the Smalls shared the struggles she’s encountered as a model of color, inclusion being the most prominent. The quote gypseehustle is referring to is a 2014 interview with Porter magazine where the model reveals the struggles she’s encountered as a model of color including being completely looked over. When it came to her ethnicity however, Joan’s stance remains the same. “I’m not just one thing: I’m Black, I’m Latina,” Smalls said. “It’s cool that people can see that a person doesn’t fit into a box and isn’t just a category. That’s the message I always try to push out there.”

@gypseehustle then followed up, saying, “Don’t call me sweetie, thank you. You put your life out there to the public. I’m speaking on what YOU have chosen to put out to the world and what you frequently advocate for is Puerto Rican Pride which is fine that’s your choice. There’s nothing confusing about being of a mixed race. I’ve always looked at you as one of the few popular black models that young women of color have to look up to and have been slightly disappointed you don’t use your voice more.”

Well said Adam, well said. #Regram @quianagrant #GoodMorning

A photo posted by Joan Smalls (@joansmalls) on

Another interesting occurrence was Smalls interpretation between ‘Black Lives Matter’ and ‘All Lives Matter,’ which stirred up more drama.

What are your thoughts?

Joan Smalls Lands Lipstick Collection With Estée Lauder

August 17th, 2015 - By Jazmine Denise Rogers
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Joan Smalls’ daring purple lip at last year’s Met Gala sparked a social media frenzy that inspired ladies across the globe to take to Instagram with selfies showing off their violet pouts.

“I was like, ‘This is so cool. People are really reacting to it in a very positive way,’” she told Vogue.

The overwhelming reception of her bold lip planted an idea in the Puerto Rican model’s mind to pursue a lipstick partnership in the future. Smalls has since inked a deal with Estée Lauder for a matte lipstick collection.

“I’m very hands-on when I’m involved with something,” she said of the collaboration.

The line, which features 12 vibrant shades, includes Neon Azalea (pink), Commanding (black cherry), as well as two shades of purple: Extrovert and Shameless Violet, which resembles the shade she wore to the 2014 Met Gala.

Besides its zesty color swatch, it appears that texture is also an important selling point for the collection, which has become a permanent addition to the Estée Lauder lip color family.

“[It] feels creamy rather than dry and flaky,” Smalls said.

As for those who feel limited when it comes to lipstick shades, the 27-year-old had this to say:

“You shouldn’t have certain rules or restrictions. It’s like painting: You have to have fun with it!”

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15 Sistas That Have Graced The Cover Of ‘Vogue’ Magazine

August 15th, 2015 - By Ashley Monaé
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Vogue/Mario Testino

According to Vogue Magazine, “There’s only on September issue, and there’s only one Beyoncé.” So it makes sense that the fashion bible of style and sartorial enthusiasts snagged the leader of the Beyhive to grace their popular September issue. A historical moment in itself as Beyoncé is the third Black woman to cover their September issue, following Naomi Campbell in 1989 and Halle Berry in 2010.

Amongst the trio, there have been a handful of other Black beauties spreading their #BlackGirlMagic on the cover of Vogue and it’s various international editions.

Continue clicking to check out 15 sistas that have graced the cover of the highly coveted, Vogue Magazine



We Will Do Better In The Future: Cosmo Issues An Apology For Discriminatory Article

April 3rd, 2015 - By Veronica Wells
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Cosmo Issues An Apology For Discriminatory Article


Yesterday, we spoke about the disrespectful article Cosmopolitan magazine published back in January, featuring Black women wearing played out fashion trends. The problem started because none of the Black women were featured on the good or current trend side.

It was offensive, to say the least.

Well, Joan Smalls, one of the Black women featured on the bad trend side for wearing black lipstick, didn’t appreciate Cosmo’s piece and made it known.

She tweeted them:

“Really??? @Cosmopolitan What are you trying to imply…#Tasteless #ThinkbeforeYouPost #Unfollowing

And after all the backlash from regular folk across the internet, they didn’t respond until model Joan Smalls said she wasn’t alright with it either.

The publication offered this apology:

Short, sweet and to the point. It’s good to see Cosmo acknowledged responsibility without making excuses for their poor decision. We hope they really are committed to doing better.

What do you make of Cosmo’s apology?

15 Black Models Who Are Making Major Waves In The Industry Right Now

November 18th, 2014 - By Asha Boston
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Naomi Campbell, Iman, Kimora Lee Simmons, Tyra Banks. They’re all legendary fashion models that made their marks. Here are a list of 15 up and comings who are slowly but surely becoming household names.

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Chanel Iman

I think it’s fair to say that Chanel Iman is just as iconic as her first and last name. The Los Angeles native got her start modeling at just 13 and now at 23, she has appeared on covers of Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar, Elle and i-D magazine. Not to mention her countless spreads and advertising campaigns for Victoria’s Secret, GAP, DKNY, Ralph Lauren, Express and many more brands and designers.

Beauty Brings The Bucks! Jourdan Dunn, Joan Smalls On Forbes’ Highest-Paid Models List

August 19th, 2014 - By Kimberly Gedeon
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Jourdan Dunn.

Move over Banks and Campbell! Jourdan Dunn and Joan Smalls, two prominent models of color, have landed on Forbes’ 2014 World’s Highest-Paid Models list.

Landing among the top 15, Dunn is one of 2014’s best paid models. If you don’t know her from the pages of fashion magazines, you’ll recognize her as the Black British beauty in Beyonce’s titillating Yonce music video. Or Bey’s theme-park themed XO? The 24-year-old model, graced by Beyonce’s midas touch, reeled in a sweet $4 million from June 2013 to 2014.

Dunn, who was discovered at 16 by Storm Model Management (who also put Kate Moss on the map), out-earned popular Victoria Secret model Candice Swanepoel, ex-angel Erin Heatherton, and fashion model Cara Delevigne.

This year alone, Dunn has scored advertising campaigns with Ann Taylor, Balmain, Burberry, H&M, Calvin Klein, Target, Topshop, DKNY, and Express. Most laudingly, Dunn was named the new face of Maybelline this past April. Oh and did I mention that she’s a mother, too?

“The London-born model explained that her mum takes charge of her young son as she rocks the runway for some of the world’s most-famous designers,” the Daily Mail wrote.

Dunn, No. 13 on Forbes’ Highest Paid Model list, has made a splash in the industry as the first model of color to strut for Prada since the legendary Naomi Campbell, but she believes that this is nothing to applaud for.

“I find it weird when agents say, ‘You’re the only black girl booked for the show. Isn’t it great?’ Why is it great? I don’t know why people applaud designers for having just one ethnic model. It’s not like only one type of woman loves fashion,” Dunn said, according to the Daily Mail.

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Ivan Nikolov/

Joan Smalls, who catwalked into 17th place on the Forbes list with $3 million, would agree with Dunn.

“People hide behind the word aesthetic. They say, ‘Well, it’s just that designer’s aesthetic.’ But when you see 18 seasons in a row and not one single model outside a certain skin color…?” she explained, the Daily Mail reports.

Breaking color barriers, Smalls is the first Latina to be signed as the face of Estee Lauder. This year, you saw her in Missoni, Neiman Marcus, Fendi, Gucci, and iCB campaigns.

One catwalk at a time, these two catwalk queens are bound to open doors for future cover girls of color.

Hanging on to the top spot since 2002 is Gisele Bundchen, who pulled in $47 million last year. She even made more than her husband, NFL player Tom Brady who made $31.3 million.

Sharing the number two spot are Doutzen Kroes and Adriana Lima with $8 million each.

Joan Smalls Covers V Magazine As The Iconic Tina Turner

August 30th, 2013 - By Lauren R.D. Fox
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Source: V Magazine

Source: V Magazine

From StyleBlazer 

Two words come to mind when we think of Tina Turner: fierce and fabulous! So who better to take on the larger than life essence of Ms. Turner than the equally awe-inspiring Joan Smalls, the number one supermodel in the world?

We can’t think of anyone better! The spread, shot by Tom Munro and styled by Carlyne Cerf de Dudzeele, shows Joan donning a blonde cropped wig similar to Turner’s rock star cropped cut and an abundance of gold jewelry that would make Trinidad James jealous.

We’re loving the energy that is radiating through the spread and it looks like Joan was having a blast. Who wouldn’t have fun being able to channel the queen of rock n’ roll? You can catch Joan in the September issue of V Magazine which hits newsstands today!

See the rest of Joan Smals’ editorial spreed at 

Iman Wants People To Boycott Designers Who Don’t Put Black Models On Their Runway

August 13th, 2013 - By Clarke Gail Baines
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Dennis Van Tine/Future Image/

Legendary supermodel Iman says that it’s time to take a stand. According to a report on Jezebel, 82.7 percent of models in Fall/Winter Fashion Week were white, while Asian models were 9.1 percent, black models were six percent (falling from 8.2 percent in 2012), and Latina models were only two percent of the supermodels walking the runway. And while some of the top models in the world are of color, including Joan Smalls (who was ranked the number one model on, the runways still manage to stay the same. Because of that, Iman says there needs to be a major change, and she’s saying that until it happens, folks need to start boycotting these fashion labels so they can feel the hit in their pockets. Here’s what she told Vogue:

“It feels to me like the times need a real hard line drawn like in the Sixties, by saying if you don’t use black models, then we boycott. If you engage the social media, trust me, it will hurt them in their pockets. If you take it out there, they will feel the uproar.

There is something terribly wrong. We have a President and a First Lady who are black. You would think things have changed, and then you realise[sic] that they have not. In fact, things have gone backwards.”

This story about the lack of diversity on runways is as old as time, and while I’d love to see more women of color killing it in major fashion shows, you can’t make people put folks in their shows if they don’t want to and if they aren’t keeping them out because of malicious intent. But then again, there are plenty of black designers out here to support if the actions of these major labels aren’t floating your boat…just saying!

What do you think of Iman’s comments?

When’s The Baby Carriage Coming?! Celebrity Couples We Can’t Wait To Have Children

January 8th, 2013 - By M A
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Most celebs are some good-looking folks. And while we enjoy their brand of attractive for as long as they’re in the spotlight, who is going to carry on that beautiful tradition in the years to come? Babies, babies and more babies. With news of some of Hollywood’s most attractive people hopping on the baby train in 2013, we decided to take a look at 15 wildly pretty couples who we can’t wait to bring a little one into the world. And no we’re not trying to perpetuate the whole baby mama/baby daddy phenomenon that’s going on, we’re just saying these folks will have some cute babes worth talking about whether they decide to put marriage before the carriage or not.

We Want Our MTV: First Episode of ‘House Of Style’ Reboot Airs

October 17th, 2012 - By madamenoire
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House of Style

From StyleBlazer

Over the summer (and with much fanfare,) MTV announced the relaunch of the network’s legendary fashion show House Of Style. To ramp up the nostalgic love for this late ’80s and early ’90s style-obsessed show, MTV opened up their archives and streamed all 12 seasons on After much anticipation, the first episode of the new season has finally aired. In the premiere, our illustrious hosts, models Joan Smalls and Karlie Kloss, take us backstage for Paris Fashion Week and give us behind the scenes runway magic at Stella McCartney’s and Jean Paul Gaultier’s shows.

Read more and watch the full episode at StyleBlazer

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