Joan Smalls is paving the way for models of color as she continues to get major covers and climbs the modeling "totem pole". Joan snags yet another cover on GQ's South African May 2012 edition in a leather jacket with white bikini bottoms. The 23-year-old is a natural beauty and it is easy to see why she has become a muse in the fashion world. GQ says of the supermodel.
There's nothing small about Joan. The Puerto Rican model is currently ranked as the runway's number three in the long legs, high stakes beauty game – and it's not hard to see why. Our chocolate-dipped fantasy has set campaigns, catwalks and covers ablaze (including the landmark March issue of Vogue Italia, which saw Joan star as the first cover model of colour in the last four years). With killer pins and arresting gaze, we're jonesing for the scintillating Ms Smalls – she's kind of a big deal.