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The Week Designers Showed Black Women Love Feat. Tinashe, Ciara And Joan Smalls

Victoria’s Secret 2013 Fashion Show Includes More Stunning Women of Color

Model Cindy Bruna walks the runway wearing Bolero and Corset with Swarovski Crystals at the 2013 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show at Lexington Avenue Armory on November 13, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Bryan Bedder/Getty Images for Swarovski)
Model Cindy Bruna walks the runway wearing Bolero and Corset with Swarovski Crystals at the 2013 Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show at Lexington Avenue Armory in New York City. (Photo by Bryan Bedder/Getty Images for Swarovski)

Shimmering lingerie and dazzling faux-wings marked the official broadcast of the 2013 Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show Tuesday night – and while some of the show’s famous stars returned to the catwalk, several women of color made their debut.  Supermodels Adriana Lima, Alessandra Ambrosio and Doutzen Kroes were only a few of the veterans who strutted down the aisle again. But it seems as though this year’s show included more diversity than ever before.

Joining Joan Smalls and Jasmine Tookes on the runway (who also participated in last year’s presentation) were at least four other women of different ethnicities who were dressed in some of the lingerie brand’s finest pieces.  There is Malika Firth, a Kenyan-born biracial 19-year-old who was cast as the first black model to be the face of Prada’s since 1994 – a large feat, especially considering that supermodel Naomi Campbell was the last black woman at the helm of the designer brand.

Cindy Bruna, who is from the South of France but was born to a Congolese mother and an Italian father, joined the beauties on the runway. Then there was Maria Borges, a 5’11 Angolan model who won the 2011 Ford Supermodel Angola title.  Brazilian model Lais Roberio and Ming Xi, one of the most-sought after Asian models, also joined the sizzling-hot lineup.

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Joan Smalls Gets Superhero-Chic For Barnaby Roper’s ‘Woman Of Steel’ Short Film (VIDEO)

According to the Huffington Post, Joan Smalls, the Puerto Rican beauty, is currently ranked the #1 model in the world and for good reason. She covers the top magazineslands major fashion and beauty campaigns, hosts MTV’s “House of Style” and the list goes on. Recently, the 24-year-old got superhero-chic for director Barnaby Roper and Nowness.com’s short film “Woman of Steel.”

joan smallsThe minute-and-a-half long video is a dizzy display of Joan (literally) spinning and being all-around fierce in an array of designs by Rodarte, Altuzzara, Balmin and Anthony Vaccarello. Stylist Keegan Singh also adds a collection of big gold Eddie Borgo baubles for even more edge. “I tried to show a strong individual female character and Joan was the perfect person—she gives really strong poses,” Roper told Nowness.com.

article by Julee Wilson via huffingtonpost.com

Joan Smalls Named Number-One Model In The World

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Models.com recently listed Joan Smalls as the number one model in the world, saying: “With her innate elegance and multi-cultural beauty, Joan Smalls has become the defining face of modern luxury. Her unique blend of strength and elegance has captivated everyone from Karl Lagerfeld, Steven Meisel, and Carine Roitfeld. Her flawless bookings raise the bar for models everywhere. Vogue Italia, Vogue Paris, Pop, i-D, V, W, there isn’t a cover she hasn’t conquered, nor a campaign she hasn’t landed. With the coup de grâce of an Estee Lauder contract solidifying her place as the girl of the moment, Joan moved from phenom to full-fledged powerhouse. Few models have seized their moment in such chic style.”

KlossLondon goes straight to the source to find out in this exclusive peek into the world of brand-new numero uno, Joan Smalls. Find out how she rose through the ranks to the top of the heap, and what snagging that coveted place atop Top 50 means to her. See a whole new side of the groundbreaking beauty and celebrate her victory with this MDX special.