Joan Smalls, the top ranked model in the world, posed for net-a-porter and opened up about her top model status and how she intimidates other chicks on the runway. Get the deets inside...
Puerto Rican beauty Joan Smalls, whom we told you is the #1 model in the world (based on high demand from photographers, fashion editors, global brands, magazines and fashion show producers) just shot a colorful spread for the luxe shopping site net-a-porter's digital magazine, The Edit.
Under the creative direction of Editor-in-Chief Lucy Yeomans, Joan posed it up for famed photographer Mario Testino, while modeling his exclusive MATE clothing and accessories collection.
Speaking about her experience with Mario, Joan told the magazine, 'It is always such an honor to work with Mario, so I love that he mentioned me in connection to this collection. He always creates such a beautiful story that embraces you and takes you on a ride."
During her interview, Joan, (who's starred in H&M denim, Prabal Gurung, Estée Lauder, Givenchy, John Paul Gaultier and Stella McCartney) talked to the magazine about her dominance of the industry and joked about intimidating other models on the runway. Here are the highlights:
On dominating the industry as the world's most sought after model:
'I think of myself as an empire. I am super- ambitious, but also believe in superstition, so I never show all my cards.
'It is about being associated with luxury brands, being in fragrance and cosmetic campaigns, or creating your own line of whatever it may be, so people associate your name with something, rather than what you are just the face of.'
On intimidating other models:
'I like to mess with the other girls. We stare each other out as we walk past and try to make the other girl smile. I play with Karlie [Kloss], but she has her game face on and never cracks, but on Karmen [Pedaru] and Abbey Lee [Kershaw] it works. The trick is to do it when you’re going back and they are coming towards the camera, so nobody knows it’s me!'
See the utterly fabulous Joan in Mario's MARIO TESTINO FOR MATE here:
See more of Mario's collection here.
Photos via Net-A-Porter