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Joan Smalls Kicks Off An Early Start To The New Year With Elle

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Joan Smalls looks fabulous on her first ever Elle cover!

We love it when models land major magazine covers! It's so rare these days!

Joan Smalls gets her first-ever Elle cover for the January issue. We can only hope they make a habit of featuring more models in the future!

The 25-year-old looks like a saucy glamourpuss on the mag's front in a gold Givenchy dress with a triangle cutout at the bodice that reveals just a hint of side boob.

Inside the spread, Joan does what she does best — posing in some of the world's more luxurious designs by Chanel and Gucci.

She's like a Beyoncé and Tyra Banks hybrid!

She also gets candid about the lack of diversity in the fashion world, saying:

"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.”

Absolutely agreed!

The model also reminisces about her early years as a model. She said:

"I came to New York with a dream. I came to do what I saw girls doing in campaigns, in editorials—great things, challenging things."

Finally, she talks about her desire to be an actress in the future, saying:

"I want to be clear that I don't want to act just because it's the typical move for a model. My desire comes from a place of wanting to entertain people on a different level."

She should be in a movie with Cara!

[Image via Michael Thompson/Elle]

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