Joan Smalls in “The Originals” for Interview Magazine September 2013, ph. by Mert Alas & Marcus Piggott.
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You’ve done seven covers for i-D now, which puts you hot on the heels of Kate and Naomi.
I love that I’m catching up with Kate and Naomi! It feels great to have a British magazine support me from the beginning. i-D is like a family and it means a lot to me. I had my first i-D cover line tattooed on my arm, “You owe it to yourself. Set the world on fire.” It’s a nice reminder of how far I’ve come and motivation to carry on.
A lot’s changed since we last interviewed you. You’re living between New York and London for starters.
Yeah, me and my brother Antoine moved to New York at the beginning of the year. I’m back and forth because my son is in London, and my mum looks after him while I’m here. My brother loves me modeling so much; he wants to meet all my friends. He’s always saying, “Make sure you don’t break up with this friend, because I want to get in there!”
As a supermodel and a mother you’re an ambassador for black women everywhere. What’s your take on racism in the fashion industry at the moment?
A lot of people spoke out about racism before the shows this season, so it put designers under pressure to use more ethnic models. So this season, for once, it was actually alright. The important thing now is to make sure it continues. Not just in the shows, but in editorial and campaigns too. If I do a show and I’m the only black model walking in it, it doesn’t sit well with me.
In The Exhibitionist Issue of i-D, you said you had a male model crush, but you wouldn’t reveal who it was. Can you tell us who it was now?
Haha! I think it was Rob Evans, and we ended up going out for a bit. Now it’s Willy Cartier – I love him. I feel like if I put it out there, I might get him. I don’t know though. Willy is like this beautiful Jesus.
Your YouTube cookery series Well Dunn is so much fun. If you were to cook a three-course meal for i-D, what would you cook?
I actually don’t like doing dinner parties. They’re too much pressure. But if I was going to cook for you, I’d probably do a Sunday roast, or mac ’n’ cheese, something simple like that. I don’t do starters or puddings. Sorry! You’d just have to make do with a main.
Who would be your dream dinner date?
Willy Cartier and The Game. I’m so in love with The Game. But saying that, I really love Pusha T’s album and Drake’s too.
What’s next in the world of Miss Dunn?
I’m in talks about doing a kid’s line. No cartoon characters! And I just got signed with an acting agency, which I’m really excited about. I want to do something that people wouldn’t expect…
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HOMETOWN: Taboão da Serra, a city in São Paulo, Brazil.
WAS IT FASHIONABLE? São Paulo in general is super fashionable.
DID YOU GROW UP READING MAGAZINES? Yes.
WERE YOU ALWAYS TALL? Always above my age’s standard.
HOW WERE YOU DISCOVERED? A region scouter found me at a pharmacy I used to work at in São Paulo.
DREAM CAMPAIGN: Shooting for Givenchy was surreal and a dream come true. There are just so many creative brands, it’s hard picking one or two. I’m grateful for what I’ve already accomplished.
CURRENT ICON: Arizona Muse!
STARTED BOXING: Recently—two months ago. It’s very good for your health, balance, body, and, besides that, it’s a beautiful fight.
ARE YOU ANY GOOD? I’m getting better—looking forward to it.
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