Model Joan Smalls lands the May cover of Lucky magazine. Although the Puerto Rican beauty is one of today’s top paid models, in the pages of the popular shopping magazine, the 26-year-old reveals that she hasn’t always thought of herself as beautiful.
“I’d just watch the show and be glued to the screen,” says Smalls. “I couldn’t even imagine—these were women who got to travel the world. It just seemed so alluring.” She also recognized a bit of herself in their images. “I was so awkward-looking—tall, super skinny, gangly. The boys at school made fun of me,” she says. “But I’d see those girls on TV and I’d think, Oh, they have my same body type.”
She explained of what it was like watching Christie Brinkley, Naomi Campbell, Kate Moss and the likes on “E! True Hollywood Story” Luckily for Smalls, she grew into her “awkward-looking—tall, super skinny, gangly” body. If you ask us, she’s absolutely flawless. For more images from Smalls Lucky spread, check out the gallery below.
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Photo credit: Miguel Reveriego for LUCKY