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Joan Smalls Looks ‘Dull’ on Porter’s Summer Escape Issue (Forum Buzz)

You should look no further than our forums for exclusive previews and earlier this week, Porter‘s Summer Escape 2015 cover dropped thanks to a savvy member. Now that the official images have been unveiled, we can take a closer look. Porter tapped Joan Smalls as its newest cover girl, joining the likes of Christy TurlingtonĀ Burns and Lara Stone. Captured by Ryan McGinley, theĀ Puerto Rican beauty donned an Eres swimsuit worn underneath a Burberry coat and we’re unfortunately left a little underwhelmed by the outcome.

Porter #9 Summer Escape 2015 Joan Smalls by Ryan McGinley

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“It’s almost as if Porter has been reading all those lack of diversity comments on here and bam! A Joan cover,” hailed A.D.C. the moment the cover surfaced, hitting us off on a positive note.

“Right? Finally. Some diversity on their cover,” replied nataliaapple in agreement.

Yet the conversation soon targeted Joan’s modeling abilities. “This girl can’t model anymore…” KissMiss sniggered.

“She doesn’t look happy to be there,” acknowledged tigerrouge.

Forum member congacon wasn’t feeling it either and informed us, “My problem with Joan is that her facial expressions are dull most of the time. The girl just doesn’t get ‘it.'”

Miss Dalloway soon fired back. “I don’t understand these arguments about her not looking happy! How many high-fashion magazine covers have subjects grinning anyway? Her face expression is perfect for the setting/styling she is in IMO. She looks fantastic, and is selling me the right mood of the cover,” she enthused.

“I love it! The white and green work perfectly. I’m definitely going to buy this one,” Oxymore announced.

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