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FRESH FACE: YBF Model Joan Smalls Nabs Estée Lauder Contract

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Who's Joan Smalls? A YBF chic who is burning up the catwalks of the fashion industry.  Find out what major cosmetics contract Joan just landed inside...

 

Estee Lauder has added Puerto Rican/African American beauty Joan Smalls, 21, to their lineup of global spokesmodels.  Aerin Lauder, senior vice president and creative director at Estée Lauder, praised her saying,

"Joan's smile, warmth and positive energy are perfect for the Estée Lauder brand. She is a great addition to our global faces."

Joan has been modeling since 2007 after arriving in New York from Puerto Rico. Since then, the now IMG signed model has been in shows for Tom Ford (his private and exclusive show for his new womenswear this year), Marc Jacobs, Prada, Gucci, and Louis Vuitton.  And modeled for clients like Gap, Burberry, DVF, and more.  Earlier this year she told W Magazine that she went into modeling to "... achieve a better living for my family and me."

She's also been named the "breakout star" this year by the modeling industry. Love seeing more color pushed to the front of the runways. 

 


 

We'll be seeing a lot more of this fab chick.

 

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cute girl.. she doesn't look

cute girl.. she doesn't look 21 tho
Miss GQ's picture

Related to the beautiful

Related to the beautiful Angelina Jolie? Are you mad woman! Perhaps she is one of Jolie's maids. And I agree with the darkie "Rosa Cordero Type" you brown and black people with Spanish names should do for yourselves and stop trying to join our club where we forbid your admittance. Why don't you accomplish things on your own and stop imitating what others do. Stop being so dependent and pitiful you are no longer our slaves. Did you not get the memo?
White Latina's picture

Why don't you get the fuck

Why don't you get the fuck off of this blog you racist white Bitch! This site is about Young Black, not Latina, but Fabulous blk people and that doesn't include you, wet back bitch!
Anonymous's picture

Like MOST Spanish, you are

Like MOST Spanish, you are Ignorant, Uneducated, Loud, No Style, Dirty Jeans Wearing, Anal Sex having, NO Class Baby Making Machines.... living on Welfare Generation after Generation and Always Trying to Swaggerjack the Styles of Blacks Chicks....BITCH PLEASE!
I said it!'s picture

not for nothing but you just

not for nothing but you just describe most african americans; uneducated, LOUD, baby making machines, welfare generation after generation etc. I dont agree with what white latina said but you are equally as ignorant.
Anonymous's picture

You are ALSO an Asshole

You are ALSO an Asshole Trader by throwing Black Women under the Bus....That previous description was Rightfully meant for Spanish!
Anonymous Too 's picture

shut the fuk up this is for

shut the fuk up this is for african americans
Anonymous's picture

Lol okay... whatever helps

Lol okay... whatever helps you sleep at night missy
whateverbeeches's picture

Did you not get your last

Did you not get your last dose of medication? Calm down, chica, it isn't that serious.
Bastet's picture

I was just going to say that

I was just going to say that Latino sites and magazines ignore all dark skinned Latinos unless they are rich and successful. Otherwise, forget it, they don't consider them at all. On Wendy Williams Christina said that she was never seen as latina by anyone and she could not get roles playing A. American once they learned her real name so she changed it. Black doesn't automatically mean African American just like white doesn't automatically mean White Latino. Black Latinos are the ones who opt into Black everything because we are so rejected by Latinos. Not all Black Latinos speak Spanish I know a lot of Puerto Ricans who don't. Black Latinos come from slave stock like other black people in the western world. I don't see any Black Americans trying to be Latino but you see Black Latinos copying Black culture all the time. Until Black Latinos own their own media outlets, magazines and have a greater stake in the fashion industry, black Latinos will always be rejected. And Black Latinos do not have Spanish in their blood if they did it would show.
Rosa Cordero type's picture

" Black latinos dont have

" Black latinos dont have spanish in their blood" wth are you talking about. most black latinos have spanish blood the same as most white latinos have african in their blood. Come to think of it most African American have some white in their blood. Most latinos are very mixed. we are the result of the migration of europeans, african and native american. If you dont know that than you really need to go back to school.
Anonymous's picture

that sad about issues among

that sad about issues among black and white latinos...i thought african american people had issues with color within their race...i guess it all stems from slavery....i still can't believe white latino would ignore darker skinned latinos and not consider them latino....i guess it is like when white americans consider a person who is mixed with white and black a black person not a black or white person saddddd
Anonymous's picture

White and black websites and

White and black websites and magazines constantly show African American women and that's all that matters to society. And black websites feature all types of women, etc the K sisters and so on.
Tamla's picture

Because black skinned

Because black skinned Hispanics are ignored by the white Latino media that's why. Which is why Black Hispanics like Rocsi appears on BET because Telemundo and Univision would not let them through the door. Because Black Hispanics are black and Hispanic at the same time but no one seems to recognize this but us, white Latinos certainly don't.
Afro-Cuban's picture

Because black skinned

Because black skinned Hispanics are ignored by the white Latino media that's why. Which is why Black Hispanics like Rocsi appears on BET because Telemundo and Univision would not let them through the door. Because Black Hispanics are black and Hispanic at the same time but no one seems to recognize this but us, white Latinos certainly don't.
Afro-Cuban's picture

Her face is very sharp and

Her face is very sharp and memorable. Nice!
Lacey 's picture

Is she related to Angelina

Is she related to Angelina Jolie?
KoKoChanell's picture

Joan's mother is puertorrican

Joan's mother is puertorrican and her father (black) is from St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands. Joan is beautiful and she has an exotic personality. Gong. JOAN
jane smith's picture

after reading these remarks,

after reading these remarks, I've come to the conclusion that some of you folks are just sooooo ignorant. Conrgats to her.
Anonymous's picture

She is just OKAY looking..

She is just OKAY looking.. nothing really special about her face AT ALL.. on a side note:I really hate that every time a black person has a breakthrough we automatically HAVE to love them..is that really necessary in 2010/2011?
Anonymous's picture

She looks a lot older than 21

She looks a lot older than 21 so she must be a chain smoker with those Labia lines alongside her mouth. Anyway good luck to her because she will need it and more.
Johnny Nunez's picture

Spic/Nig.

Spic/Nig.
Roldana Resendez's picture

She is no Jessica Alba,

She is no Jessica Alba, Selena Gomez that's for sure. Not a drop of Spanish anywhere on her.
Roldana Resendez's picture

El grado malo de pelo. And

El grado malo de pelo. And she looks 30 not 20!
Roldana Resendez's picture

She dosen't have a bad grade

She dosen't have a bad grade of hair and who cares she looks beautiful. Is YBF a site for African american and Hispanic women cause black to me mean African American. Its no big deal if this site is for African American and hispanic women but why dont latina sites promote African american women besides Beyonce. African American magazines and websites has stories on dark skinned hispanics but I dont' see the latina sites/media outlets showing african american women. Why is that??
Anonymous's picture

Well, she certainly isn't a

Well, she certainly isn't a white Latina that is for sure. Plus she straightens her hair and wears a weave like her sister Lala.
White Latina's picture

She was born in Puerto Rico

She was born in Puerto Rico but she stated that she is half Black and half Puerto Rican. She has a Hispanic last name but the people in the industry said she doesn't look like their idea of Hispanic so they dropped her Hispanic surname. Her mother is black.
Rosales's picture

CONGRATS!! 21??? Ummm, she

CONGRATS!! 21??? Ummm, she looks like she is in her 30's. Her face is very very mature looking. Cute girl though, not beautiful but defin model material.
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Cute.. she looks a lot older

Cute.. she looks a lot older than 21 though... But congrats.
AnonymousLOL's picture

I remember her, she was

I remember her, she was featured in a H&M article. She never claimed to be african American just puerto rican and she's actually 22. But congrats to her she seems level headed, has a degree in psychology and is making her name known
Anonymous's picture

That is correct, I read her

That is correct, I read her bio she stated she is puerto rican not black or african american
Anonymous's picture

she is black...period. not

she is black...period. not mixed ...str8 blk girl. puerto rican is NOt a race. many AFRICANS live in that country and home girl is str8 black.
Anonymous's picture

I remember her, she was

I remember her, she was featured in a H&M article. She never claimed to be african American just puerto rican and she's actually 22. But congrats to her she seems level headed, has a degree in psychology and is making her name known
Anonymous's picture

I remember her, she was

I remember her, she was featured in a H&M article. She never claimed to be african American just puerto rican and she's actually 22. But congrats to her she seems level headed, has a degree in psychology and is making her name known
Anonymous's picture

21 really? I could of sworn

21 really? I could of sworn she was in her early thrirties, she photograph's really old, but she's pretty nonetheless
really?'s picture

Damn African Americans want

Damn African Americans want to claim every successful person they can. Just so you know she is Puerto Rican, not African American.
Loverboy's picture

yes, she is puerto rican, she

yes, she is puerto rican, she was born there, thats obviously her nationality,and the person who posted this article didnt do their research, but she is an afro latina, she still has alot on african blood running through her veins.
really?'s picture

No.... Dumb-dumb - she is a

No.... Dumb-dumb - she is a combination of both. Deal with it. That is all. Have a nice day.
Anonymous's picture

No.... Dumb-dumb - she is a

No.... Dumb-dumb - she is a combination of both. Deal with it. That is all. Have a nice day.
Anonymous's picture

Okay, I'm not trying to start

Okay, I'm not trying to start anything seriously and I'm lightskinned myself, however, I am just wondering why don't these companies give brown skinned girls a chance when it comes to selling cosmetics products. I've seen so many dark skinned black girls and they never get a chance because only light skinned girls are deemed to be pretty enough or light enough to sell products. I'm not hating and I do congratulate her on her new chapter. I'm just wondering why only women that look like her, Beyonce, or Rihanna seem to snag the big deals. Ideas anyone?
Ty's picture

The brown skinned girls,

The brown skinned girls, Jessica White, Queen Latifah, Gabrielle Union, Iman, Roshumba and others would all be proof that dark skinned women are in fact used to advertise big cosmetic companies as well. So, these companies actually do "give brown skinned girls a chance."
The Anti's picture

compare to how many white

compare to how many white women??
Anonymous's picture

To answer your question, the

To answer your question, the reason why you see more light skinned or Hispanic women in the media and fashion outlets is because white people owned these industries. For the most part they do not see brown skinned girls with African features marketable as models unless they have European features. I know it is not right but that is how it is because they own and run these companies. In order for white owned companies to” satisfy their quota to have minorities” these companies will usually only hire Latina women or mixed women and state that they hired black women. For example Christina Milan was on the Wendy Williams show recently stated when she started off as an actress she tried out for Latina roles first but the casting directors did not view her as Latina so she changed her last name and e tried out of African American roles in which she was hired. Until African Americans own fashion companies, media outlets, and more magazines is when you will see more diverse African American women in these industries. White people don’t own us anything, if you want to see a change then we as a people need to come together and make a change (we have made changes before in history). ... On a side note people need to stop labeling Afro Latinas as black or African Americans. These women may have African descent but it doesn't make them black in the sense they are African Americans. They have a different culture then African American women for example, speaking Spanish, the food, Catholic religion, and other things. On other hand African American women may have Hispanic, white, and/or Native American descent in their blood but this does not make them white, Hispanic, or Native American.
Anonymous's picture

What about Gabby Union, she

What about Gabby Union, she nabbed a control with neutrogena...?She has beautiful skin, and what about Queen Latifah with covergirl. Stop seeing the glass half empty. DAMN!
Anonymous's picture

Girl preach it.. u spot

Girl preach it.. u spot on..... Idk I'm not hating..but it gets annoying..always the extremely light, or mixxed with nice hair.. Its sad..like seriously u have to bleach to catch a break.. smhhh.... idk we will see how far this goes.. One day though pretty dark skin girls will prevail as well.. n the platform will be leveled...ok I'm done.. ~pretty brown girl signing out~
AnonymousLOL's picture

what are you are you talking

what are you are you talking about? she is considered brown skin not light skin, she might not be a darker shade of brown but she is brown nonetheless.
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