Not a lot of folks know that supermodel Joan Smalls is Latina. That’s because mainstream media doesn’t do the best job at acknowledging that Latinos aren’t exclusive to one race. But the truth is, Smalls is Afro-Latina, 100 percent Puerto Rican, and 1000 percent proud of her heritage and her roots. In fact, in the first episode of Vogue’s Supermodel Roots with Vogue International, Smalls touches on how growing up on the island grounded her, how Hurricane Maria impacted her, and the struggle she’s experienced with folks not understanding that you can be both Black and Latina.

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