Joan Smalls is gorgeous. Flawless skin, a killer smile and legs for days—all attributes befitting a supermodel who’s one of the highest paid and best known in the world. But there’s another, maybe not-as-obvious aspect that’s gotten her there: a lot of hard work.
It’s that serious work ethic that has helped the native Puerto Rican become a success in her field, graduate magna cum laude with a degree in psychology (in only two years) and, most recently, successfully collaborate on a spring collection with True Religion Brand Jeans.
We caught up with the megamodel on the rooftop terrace of the Gramercy Park Hotel in Manhattan, where fellow models including Lily Donaldson and Jacquelyn Jablonski, as well as famed photographer and True Religion collaborator Steven Klein, gathered to celebrate what is not just Smalls’s first foray into design, but the first collaboration for True Religion too.