Joan Smalls: Castings were gruelling
Joan Smalls couldn't wait to be established enough to avoid casting calls.
Thanks to shows like America's Next Top Model and The Face, the ins and outs of the modelling industry are well known. That includes having to attending countless castings, where you're joined by hundreds of other stunning women.
But for Joan, a Victoria's Secret angel, that's now a thing of the past.
"New York was quite a shock, but I was so eager and hungry," the Puerto Rican beauty told Lucky magazine. "I’d take the bus to get on the subway to make it to castings. You’re competing with 40, 100, 200 other girls. You go to a call, see the casting list and you’re number 202. And you know there are just a couple of open spots.
"I would say to myself, I just want to get to a place in my career where I don’t have to do castings, because it was gruelling. There are so many places to be at once, you’re always running late and then having to wait your turn. Now I’ll sometimes see models rushing around the city, and I totally feel what they’re going through.”
The 26-year-old has modelled for some of the biggest fashion houses in the world including Givenchy, Chanel and Burberry and by 2013 was ranked as Forbes' eighth highest paid model.
However as a child watching the likes of Naomi Campbell and Kate Moss on E!'s True Hollywood Story, a career in fashion seemed a world away.
“I’d just watch the show and be glued to the screen. I couldn’t even imagine - these were women who got to travel the world. It just seemed so alluring.
"I was so awkward-looking - tall, super skinny, gangly. The boys at school made fun of me. But I’d see those girls on TV and I’d think, Oh, they have my same body type," she revealed.