Joan Smalls can put 2013 down as yet another banner year. The Estée Lauder, H&M, Versace and “Yoncé” video (!!!) model is finally getting the Vogue work befitting the No. 1 ranked model in the world. The past few years have seen Joan in the top 10, though never in the top five, due to a lack of single girl editorials and low page numbers. We’re happy to report that this is no longer the case, with impressive work in Vogue Brazil, Paris, and of course, the U.S.
And it really must be said, thank goodness for Joan. She is the only non-white model in the top 20. Although that’s not entirely a comforting thought.