Joan Smalls' rapid rise to become one of fashion's most influential models has been impressive, to say the least.
We love that the Puerto Rican beauty can work the Victoria's Secret runway in a bedazzled bra set and get more high-fashion in campaigns for Chanel and Fendi. And currently Joan graces the cover of W magazine's July 2012 issue where she was deemed "The New Face of Fashion."
So, in celebration of her 24th birthday we decided to play 20 Questions with Joan to learn more about her super-glamorous life. And we discovered some juicy tidbits, like her must-have beauty products, who makes her favorite jeans, whether she has any celebrity crushes and even what fashion designer she'd want to have create her wedding dress.
1. How does it feel to have been chosen to cover W and be called "The New Face of Fashion?"
It feels fantastic; I'm so honored. Its my birth month so it was a pleasant coincidence. Hopefully the title of “The New Face of Fashion” is very inspiring to those who can identify with being multi-cultural and representing such a beautiful culture. It demonstrates that the world is not one dimensional and that all beauty matters.
2. Describe your perfect day off.
It starts waking up next to my boyfriend on a sunny day and going on a road trip.
3. What are your must-have, can't-live-without beauty products?
Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair, Daily moisturizer with SPF 15, and Sumptuous Mascara
4. What is the best fashion advice you've ever been given?
To give it your all and live for fashion, as advised by Edward Enninful [W's Style and Fashion Director].
5. Who is/are your style inspirations?
The everyday individual that roams the New York, London and Paris city streets.
6. How would you describe your personal style?
Comfortable chic, boyish sexy and classically elegant, depending my mood.
7. Who is your favorite photographer?
That's a tough question because I enjoy working with all of them. At my top are Steven Meisel, Mario Sorrenti, Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott.
8. What is your favorite place you've traveled to?
Tanzania, Africa. It's such a magical place. There is beauty everywhere.
9. Lipstick or lip gloss?
Estee Lauder Nude Rose Lipgloss.
10. Do you have a pet?
Yes, my cat Mr. Grey. I left him in Puerto Rico with my parents.
11. Who are your favorite fashion designers?
Riccardo Tisci, Frida Giannini, Alexander Wang, Prabal Gurung and Rag & Bone.
12. Do you have a signature scent/favorite perfume?
I love sweet smells -- Tom Ford Black Orchid.
14. Favorite food and favorite restaurant?
Spanish (Puerto Rican). My kitchen.
15. What is your favorite TV show?
"Secret Millionaire" on ABC. I think this is such an inspiring show in the sense that you get to see rather affluent people give back to a community out of their own pockets to make a difference in someone else's life.
16. Who makes your favorite jeans?
Rag & Bone and Earnest Sewn.
17. Which designer would you want to create your wedding dress?
Riccardo Tisci from Givenchy -- it will be phenomenal!
18. Who is your favorite shoe designer?
Christian Louboutin (as a safe choice) and Tabitha Simmons.
19. Do you have any celebrity crushes?
Not at all.
20. What are the best and worst parts of being a model?
Best part is that its unpredictable and every day is different (no routine) with all of the traveling and working with the greatest creative entities in the world. The worst is traveling to amazing places and not getting to enjoy them with someone you love, or not seeing your destination 'cause the trip is so short.
Happy 24th Birthday Joan! Check out our favorite style moments from the stunning model in the slideshow below:
2012 CFDA Fashion Awards - Cocktails
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 04: Model Joan Smalls attends the 2012 CFDA Fashion Awards at Alice Tully Hall on June 4, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Larry Busacca/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 08: Model Joan Smalls attends the amfAR New York Gala To Kick Off Fall 2012 Fashion Week at Cipriani Wall Street on February 8, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Jemal Countess/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 09: Model Joan Smalls walks the runway during the 2011 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show at the Lexington Avenue Armory on November 9, 2011 in New York City. (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images)
Joan Smalls And Mario Testino At Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2013
BERLIN, GERMANY - JULY 05: Joan Smalls arrives at the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2013on July 5, 2012 in Berlin, Germany. (Photo by Andreas Rentz/Getty Images)
Chanel's:The Little Black Jacket Event
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 06: Joan Smalls attends Chanel's:The Little Black Jacket Event at Swiss Institute on June 6, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images)
Cocktails For The HSN & Universal Pictures Snow White & The Huntsman Launch
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 22: Model Joan Smalls attends The HSN & Universal Pictures Snow White & The Huntsman Collection Launch on May 22, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Amy Sussman/Getty Images for HSN)
"Schiaparelli And Prada: Impossible Conversations" Costume Institute Gala
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 07: Model Joan Smalls and designer Olivier Rousteing attend the 'Schiaparelli And Prada: Impossible Conversations' Costume Institute Gala at the Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 7, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Larry Busacca/Getty Images)
Chanel Tokyo Ephemeral Boutique Opening Reception
TOKYO, JAPAN - MARCH 23: Model Joan Smalls poses for photographs during the Tokyo Ephemeral Boutique Opening Reception at BA-TSU Art Gallery on March 23, 2012 in Tokyo, Japan. (Photo by Koki Nagahama/Getty Images for Chanel)
Puerto Rican model Joan Smalls presents
Puerto Rican model Joan Smalls presents a creation by British designer Stella McCartney during the Fall/Winter 2012-2013 ready-to-wear collection show, on March 5, 2012 in Paris. AFP PHOTO/PIERRE VERDY (Photo credit should read PIERRE VERDY/AFP/Getty Images)
Salvatore Ferragamo: Runway - Milan Fashion Week Womenswear Autumn/Winter 2012/2013
MILAN, ITALY - FEBRUARY 26: Joan Smalls walks the runway at the Salvatore Ferragamo Autumn/Winter 2012/2013 fashion show as part of Milan Womenswear Fashion Week on February 26, 2012 in Milan, Italy. (Photo by Vittorio Zunino Celotto/Getty Images )
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 15: Model Joan Smalls attends the Museum of Modern Art's 4th Annual Film benefit 'A Tribute to Pedro Almodovar' at the Museum of Moder
NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 06: Model Joan Smalls attends the celebration of the global launch of the 2012 Pirelli Calendar by Mario Sorrenti gala dinner at the Park Avenue Armory on December 6, 2011 in New York City. (Photo by Mike Coppola/Getty Images for Pirelli)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 14: Model Joan Smalls attends the 8th Annual CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund Awards at the Skylight SOHO on November 14, 2011 in New York City. (Photo by D Dipasupil/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 09: Model Joan Smalls attends the 2011 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show After Party at Dream Downtown on November 9, 2011 in New York City. (Photo by Andy Kropa/Getty Images)
Puerto Rican model Joan Smalls presents creations by French designer Jean Paul Gaultier during the Fall/Winter 2011-2012 Haute Couture Collection Show on July 6, 2011 in Paris. AFP PHOTO/PIERRE VERDY (Photo credit should read PIERRE VERDY/AFP/Getty Images)
NEW YORK - JUNE 01: Model Joan Smalls attends the closing of Marina Abramovic's 'The Artist is Present' hosted by Givenchy at The Museum of Modern Art on June 1, 2010 in New York City. (Photo by Stephen Lovekin/Getty Images)