Joan Smalls Talks Acting in Elle January 2014: I Want To Entertain People On A Different Level. Smalls is a Puerto Rican fashion model and she sure has made a name for herself in the fashion industry. She says that it hasn’t always been easy for her. In this issue the twenty five year old reveals the lack of diversity in the fashion industry and discusses her other career aspirations.
On her struggles with modeling:
“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.”
On her career:
“I came to New York with a dream. I came to do what I saw girls doing in campaigns, in editorials – great things, challenging things.”
On her motivations to go into acting:
“I want to be clear that I don’t want to act just because it’s the typical move for a model. My desire comes from a place of wanting to entertain people on a different level.”
Photo Credit: Michael Thompson for ELLE