Joan Smalls by Michael Thompson for Elle Magazine January 2014. From Fashionista.com, “And while it’s rare for a model to grace the cover of an American title, a black model is even rarer. In her interview, Smalls opens up about the hot-button issue and the challenges that her race has presented throughout her career, saying, ‘There are people in the industry who are advocates, who support diversity. And there are people who do not. I don’t get it. Beauty is universal. These doors have to open.'” Read more here and see more pix from the spread at Elle.com.
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