“I was so awkward-looking—tall, super skinny, gangly. The boys at school made fun of me,” Joan told the magazine in her May 2015 cover feature. “But I’d see [models] on TV and I’d think, Oh, they have my same body type.”
The Puerto Rican beauty drew inspiration from catwalk queens Naomi Campbell,Kate Moss and Christie Brinkley as a teenager, first learning about their journeys to supermodeldom by watching E! True Hollywood Story: “I’d just watch the show and be glued to the screen,” she said. “I couldn’t even imagine—these were women who got to travel the world. It just seemed so alluring.”
The model moved to New York from Puerto Rico in 2007, and just three years later found herself starring in Riccardo Tisci‘s Givenchy show (her unique bleached brow look would be one of the most memorable beauty statements of the season).
Joan’s a full-fledged success in 2015: She even partnered with True Religion this year on a 16-piece collection featuring denim, satin skinnies and crop tops.