In addition to being one of our totally incredible House Of Style hosts, Joan Smalls is so major in the modeling world that sometimes we simply can't believe that she's a real human. How did she do it? We ask ourselves, and want to look at her under a microscope to see if she's made of something different than we are. Well, now we don't have to do anything weird and totally creepy to find out how Joan Smalls became one of the most featured models in Vogue last year, because MTV's This Is How I Made It are doing that for us. Airing this Saturday at 12/11 Central, the episode explores Joan's childhood in Puerto Rico, how she first got into modeling, and the journey that she's been on since then. We have a sneak peek of the episode, with a clip in which Joan talks about following her passion for modeling, no matter what her family thought. Unwilling to completely go against her father's wishes, though, Joan figured out a way to become the model she is without sacrificing the thing her father thought was most important: a college education. And the really amazing part? Not only did Joan GO to college and finish super quickly, but she also graduated magna cum laude. How is this woman human? Watch the video after the jump and tell us what you think!
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We've always known that our House of Style co-host has killer hair, but now it's official! In a story that ran this morning, The New York Times proclaimed Karlie Kloss to have THE haircut of the year, and who's going to argue with that? The supermodel surprised everyone when she debuted her new 'do backstage at the Victoria's Secret Fashion Show in November, trading her long locks for a swinging chop. But although it seemed like a spontaneous decision back then, turns out Karlie's cut was a long time coming. NYT reports that VOGUE had approached hairstylist Garren Defazio about doing a special style for an upcoming story, and he immediately knew that he wanted the 20-year-old to showcase his new shape. Inspired by '60s icons like Jane Birkin, the just-below-chin-length cut would let the model's damaged hair become healthy again AND give her a cool new edge. In an industry where long hair lends to a "blank canvas" look, Defazio says “I gave her a personality by cutting it.” Mission accomplished, don't you think?
Charlotte Free and Lenny Kravtiz in the new Eleven Paris campaign.
Photo: via Eleven Paris Facebook
French label Eleven Paris has always had a thing for coupling up models and musicians in its ads; while this isn't exactly a radical concept (Burberry, John Varvatos, and Gap also tend to throw these pretty people together), the new kind of power duo is clearly a formula that works. We first obsessed way back in August over Iggy Pop and Daisy Lowe's adorably goofy grins for Fall/Winter, but the brand's newest pair MIGHT just be the best one yet. Behold, Charlotte Free and Lenny Kravitz chilling hard and looking predictably gorgeous in the Spring/Summer ads, photographed in Miami and celebrating the company's 10th anniversary. Charlotte's working her trademark pink locks, but this time around her hair is laced with streaks of blue and yellow, all piled up into a messy high bun. It's a tousled beauty look that perfectly complements the collection's effortless downtown vibe, proving that it's pretty much IMPOSSIBLE to get any cooler than this...unless you happen to be Lenny K.
Kate Moss and Simon Cowell get chummy at an event in 2009.
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We hate to keep adding man-power behind this Kate Moss X Factor rumor mill (LOL ermmm, NOT. We loooove rumors! CHURN. BABY. CHURN.), but this conversation is just too good to keep ourselves away. According to Grazia Daily, the supermodel MIGHT be in talks with Simon Cowell's Syco Entertainment to have a major fashion part in this, the OG UK singing competition's 10th anniversary season.
Karlie Kloss and Joan Smalls cover Vogue.
Photo: Vogue UK/Vogue Australia
In 2012, House of Style co-hosts Joan Smalls and Karlie Kloss became bonafide mainstays on the pages of the fashion’s heaviest-hitting publications. Karlie and Joan are individual powerhouses, but this year they really became a gruesome twosome. We'd like to think that House of Style solidified their BFFL status, but other iconic moments together included storming the runway at the Victoria's Secret Fashion Show and landing individual covers for W Magazine's July issue. With a glowing (and growing) CV, it comes as no surprise that BOTH Karlie and Joan ranked among Vogue's top 10 featured models for 2012.
Uniqlo Spring 2013.
Photo: via Uniqlo Facebook
Google "Chloe Norgaard" and prepared to be bombarded with a technicolor rainbow wave of MAJOR HAIR ENVY. The model, DJ and music festival fixture has been working her My Little Pony locks like no other the past few months, showing them off for Terry Richardson, Dossier, and Harper's Bazaar. Now the native New Yorker's doing her thing for Uniqlo in the Japanese clothing giant's new Spring 2013 campaign, bringing a burst of much-needed candy color into the winter blahs.
Karlie Kloss for Donna Karan New York and Cara Delevingne for DKNY spring campaigns.
Photo: via DKNY PR Girl Tumblr
Donna Karan, are you reading our minds? Not that we're complaining or anything, because the New York designer has cast not just one but TWO of our favorite models in her spring campaigns! Double whammy, much? This season Karlie Kloss reprises her role as the face of the uber-elegant Donna Karan New York label (she repped the Resort 2013 line as well). Walking barefoot along the ocean and clad in an embellished pink spaghetti strap dress, the ex-dancer looks every bit the part of a beachy ballerina in this gorge campaign. And hey, matching pretty evening wear to the sunset and seawater doesn't hurt, either....
Meanwhile, Cara Delevingne's got the city slicker thing down on lock in the ads for the cool sister label DKNY. The model might be from London, but if you ask us, she totally nails the part as a New Yorker in these '90s-inspired shots.
VFiles' holiday card.
Go on and call me Mr. Grinch, but on Christmas eve I’m that flannel jammies-clad gay sloshed off many a holiday “spirit” in the corner, binging on reindeer cookies and sexting losers whilst avoiding any and all holiday cheer. Apols, but I can only deal with so many A Christmas Story marathons before I pass out into the spiked eggnog bowl, which then results in my family perpetually pegging me as “the Christmas ruiner.” :’( Because I am not one to cry at family functions, I try to avoid Charlie Brown’s Christmas at all costs. I did giggle a few times during Elf, though, but a grown man being totally awks in an elf costume can’t compete with the YouTube generation of crazy creatives. Speaking of crazy creatives, the folks at VFILES heard my prayer/tweets and gave us at MTV Style the greatest gift of all...the premiere of MODEL FILES: Holiday Special! I haven’t been this excited since the Spice Girls’ reunion, you guys. Yes, the hilarious hottie host, Preston Chaunsumlit, with his raven locks and deadpan, brutally biting tongue is back, but this time, with elf ears/an adorbs winter green onesie. Annnnd -- XMAS MIRACLE -- he’s revealing his sensi side (see: desperation) by throwing a casting for the VFILES Holiday Card as a disguise to nab an invite to a chic holiday party. Awww Presty! His LOLz model guides: “They have to have the Christmas spirit. I can’t stress that enough. Models that look good in Santa hats. And no Scrooges.” Spoiler alert: the faint-inducing video also involves shirtless male models in Santa hats/thongs and other killer lines from Preston including “Model like the ghost of Christmas past”, “Less camel toe, more mistletoe,” and, my new holiday-friendly pickup line, “Can I come down your chimney?” Watch the video after the jump! Thanks Presty/MODEL FILES! xoxo
Joan Smalls telling us her favorite moments of 2012.
It's essential to keep in mind, always, that we all have so much to be thankful for. 2012 has been a MAJOR year for Joan Smalls, and the model has no shortage of gratitude. Between making us smile while shopping at Colette with Karlie Kloss and Kanye West as the host of House Of Style, to realizing a teenage dream by walking in the Victoria's Secret fashion show, to covering W magazine, there's no denying that this has been Joan's year, and things are only looking up. Joan joined us on MTV's "Big & Best Of 2012: A Year End Celebration brought to you by T-Mobile" to share her top moments of the year. Can you guess what her top two moments are? Check 'em out after the jump!
"Image is powerful" is a statement that is as undeniable as it is ubiquitous. How we perceive and how we are perceived by others drives much of what we do. Our success, confidence, and happiness are directed by this authority that we can’t even touch. It’s a force. Knowing all this, how do we even begin to CONSIDER dealing with it? Well, believe it or not, we turn to a supermodel! Not long after sweeping the runway in America’s most-watched fashion show, Victoria’s Secret model Cameron Russell decided to trade lingerie for lectures. The beauty AND brain unpacks her career for TED’s “Be Fearless” conference with an honest and inspiring discussion about the power of image not only in her industry, but in all of our lives. We IMPLORE you to watch the whole talk. It/she is so awesome. But in the meantime, check out some of our favorite takeaways!