Joan Smalls covers the January 2014 issue of Elle
. Joan is wearing Givenchy by Riccardo Tisci on the cover. The feature is called "The Return of the Supermodel: It's Joan Smalls." Some of Joan's 2013 campaigns included Hugo Boss, Tiffany and Estee Lauder. In the Elle
interview, Joan discusses her modeling career, acting and the lack of diversity in the fashion industry.
On How She Got Started in Modeling
: "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."
: "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."
On Lack of Diversity in Fashion
: "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."
You can view Joan's Elle
cover shoot here
. The issue arrives on newsstands December 17.