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Sunday 23 July 2017

Joan Smalls: 'I hate being skinny - I want to be able to take a punch and give a punch'

Joan Smalls walks the runway during the 2016 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show on November 30, 2016 in Paris, France. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for Victoria's Secret)
Joan Smalls walks the runway during the 2016 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show on November 30, 2016 in Paris, France. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for Victoria's Secret)
Joan Smalls walks the runway at the Victoria's Secret Fashion Show on November 30, 2016 in Paris, France. (Photo by Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images for Victoria's Secret)
Joan Smalls attends the God's Love We Deliver Golden Heart Awards on October 17, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for Michael Kors)
Model Joan Smalls attends Target + IMG New York Fashion Week Kick-Off Event at The Park at Moynihan Station on Tuesday, September 6, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Neilson Barnard/Getty Images for Target)
Joan Smalls walks the runway during the 2016 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show on November 30, 2016 in Paris, France. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for Victoria's Secret)
Puerto Rican fashion model Joan Smalls poses for pictures on the red carpet upon arrival to attend the British Fashion Awards 2016 in London

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Joan Smalls prefers to look strong rather than skinny.

The Puerto Rican model has walked for the likes of Victoria's Secret, Givenchy and Tom Ford, and currently stars in a new campaign for denim brand Replay.

For the Replay ads, Smalls poses in skinny jeans from the Touch collection, which she swears feel like a "second skin". While she poses in next to nothing in the imagery, she is adamant that she is strong rather than skinny.

"I hate being skinny, and being a little weakling thing," she told The Telegraph, adding that she hits the gym four or five times per week. "I want to be able to take a punch and give a punch and feel empowered."

Joan Smalls walks the runway at the Victoria's Secret Fashion Show on November 30, 2016 in Paris, France. (Photo by Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images for Victoria's Secret)
Joan Smalls walks the runway at the Victoria's Secret Fashion Show on November 30, 2016 in Paris, France. (Photo by Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images for Victoria's Secret)

And Smalls explains her off-duty look tends to reflect her love of denim and sportswear.

When she's at home, the 28-year-old will usually sport men's boxer shorts or slouchy cashmere trousers, along with a pair of Nike sliders. But if she's hitting the town, you'll probably see her in a pair of tight fitting jeans.

"Especially if they come by my ankle because I'm so tall and it's hard to find long ones," she shared. "But then I also like slouchy, baggy ones that are a little bit more boyish, because it just looks a bit cooler and easy going. Add a pair of heels to slouchy jeans, it gives you a better posture and takes the look to another level."

Ranked among the world's top models and boasting over 1.9 million Instagram followers, Smalls' star is continuing to rise. As for her future plans, the fashionista remains dedicated to working hard.

"My career has always thrived on hard work and good relationships with people I work with and just continuing grinding," she laughed.

Puerto Rican fashion model Joan Smalls poses for pictures on the red carpet upon arrival to attend the British Fashion Awards 2016 in London
Puerto Rican fashion model Joan Smalls poses for pictures on the red carpet upon arrival to attend the British Fashion Awards 2016 in London

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