It takes versatility to become a model with staying power in the fashion industry nowadays and Joan Smalls is certainly showing us range this month. She turns up the heat on Lui‘s racy September cover and now photographs demure and commercial for Vogue Mexico. Shot by Russell James, the current face of Balmain and Calvin Klein Underwear appears to channel a school teacher, posing in a studio setup wearing a Christian Dior top and skirt.
The main cover (above) left our forums divided. “Very pretty! Really good for this edition of Vogue,” admired Aedlacir, hitting us off on a high note.
“Love the covers. About time!” praised fashionlover2001 in agreement.
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Sharing the same positive attitude was thatsfierce, raving, “I love it. Joan looks stunning, I just love her strong face” with forum member Nepenthes adding, “Love this. Joan looks powerful!”
The rest of us were left underwhelmed. “A big ‘NO’ on this cover. It’s very bad,” exclaimed a disappointed burbuja8910.
Forum member marsnoop2 wasn’t feeling the main cover, either: “Styling is terrible, and I’m not enjoying this school teacher direction. It just makes me sad, although I love Joan’s expression in the cover where she’s seated.”
“I hate the muted colors,” A.D.C. disapproved, adding fuel to the fire.
“I think this could have been a lot more powerful, a lot more glamorous, especially for a September issue,” expressed TheVeed.
Await Joan’s cover story and in the meantime, drop us a comment here.