Two of our absolute favourite islandista supermodels, Joan Smalls and Jourdan Dunn are definitely cementing their places at the top of the model pyramid this week.
First came the news on Monday that both Jamaican-Brit Dunn and Puerto Rican-Virgin Islander Smalls had been named in Forbes’ Magazine’s model ‘rich list’ of the highest-paid models in the world.
Jourdan busted into the list this year thanks to her lucrative Maybelline and Burberry contracts which helped her to estimated earnings of US$4M. Forbes termed her as one of a group of newcomers “whose earnings have just caught up with their Instagram follower counts.”
Smalls is in the list as well with estimated earnings of US$3M thanks in part to her prestigious Estee Lauder contract and of course, her formidable catwalk list.
Then yesterday came the news that American Vogue had pleased fashion diehards by going for a model cover for their much-awaited September issue. But Vogue switched it up by going for not one but three models – one of whom is Smalls!
Along with Karlie Kloss and the ubiquitous Cara Delevingne, Smalls is a part of a trio Vogue has dubbed the “Instagirls”, another nod to the models’ social media savvy and popularity.
We must say, we’re loving the cover. It’s light, breezy and allows the models’ natural beauty to show through. Unlike too many recent Vogue big-issue covers which can be overwrought and over-thought, this one shows that sometimes simpler really is better. Unsurprisingly, it’s shot by the masterful Mario Testino.