Joan Smalls

Joan Smalls
Joan Smalls is a 5’10” Boricua who dominates the catwalk. She was the first black model to be signed as the face of Estee Lauder and is the No. 1 top model on Models.com. Smalls has no problem talking about racism in the industry. 'There are people in the industry who are advocates, who support diversity,” she told Elle. “And there are people who do not. I don’t get it. Beauty is universal. These doors have to open.” 

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Miranda Noland,

Miranda Noland is the Senior Photo Editor for Latina.com. She handles all the photo needs for the site and occasionally writes a thing or two. Growing up in a small town in Missouri, she collected (and hoarded) magazines and dreamed of working at one someday. She studied art and design at Drury University and moved to New York City after graduating. She loves being an aunt to her two nephews and has recently moved to be closer to them. She's a pop culture junkie who watches way too much television, and she still hoards magazines.