Joan Smalls on Her Acting Career & Model Racial Diversity

Puerto Rican beauty Joan Smalls covers the January 2014 issue of Elle US, posing inside the issue and also opening up to the magazine about her career and future ambitions. Joan reveals that she would love to launch an acting career in the near future, but not because it's an obvious move: 

"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 how not everyone has embraced racial diversity, Joan thinks it's a shame that people in the industry aren't open to universal beauty: 

"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." 

Joan says that at the beginning of her career she was excited to push herself in to new areas: 

"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."

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