Puerto Rican fashion model Joan Smalls represents Elle January 2014. She talks lack of diversity. She shines for Givenchy Spring Summer 2014 collection. She is a spokesperson for Estee Lauder, Joan admits that some in the industry don’t embrace diversity when it comes to models.
“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…? 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,” the model tells ELLE.
Michael Thompson photographed Smalls.