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Joan Smalls Covers Elle Magazine

Joan Smalls is glam as she covers the January issue of Elle magazine. Her stunning cover proves why the Puerto Rican model is one of the most successful in the industry. However, despite all of her success, Joan has faced adversity due to the lack of diversity in the fashion industry. She tells the mag "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." The January issue of Elle hits stands on December 17th.