Karlie Kloss & Joan Smalls Cover W July 2012
Miss Kloss tossed on an Yves Saint Laurent silk jacket while Miss Smalls opted for a Dolce & Gabbana cotton and silk blend ruffle-detail blouse for the Steven Meisel shot front pages with a fashionably fabulous spread lining the publication's feature article.
Meanwhile, highlights from Miss Kloss and Miss Smalls' interviews are as follows. For more, be sure to pay a visit to W!
On her tallness:
"Let’s be honest, I think it’s the fact that I’m eight inches above the average person walking down the street. I’m somewhat in my own cloud. Every time I see Karl Lagerfeld, he's always like, 'Karlie, have you stopped growing yet? Are you taller?'"
On the long journey to catwalk success:
“My sisters have always been these gorgeous glamazons, and I’m, like, this tall skinny stick in the family. And I still am the tall girl, even on the runways."
On ballet helping her overcome her gangliness:
"You learn to control every aspect of your muscles, your face, your toes, your fingernails. nd that is how you tell a story, through movement."
On her motivation to succeed in modeling:
“I just have something to prove. I know I’m representing a group—black, Latin, whatever you want to put me with—and I want to show that they are beautiful the way they are. I think that’s really important for our youth to see. Fashion is part of our culture. And it’s about more than just a pretty dress.”
On people having the wrong impression of her:
“People don’t expect me to have a girly voice when they see me walk like that. They might not think that I’m funny."
On her mixed heritage:
“I’m a little bit of everything. Sometimes people think I’m not Puerto Rican, because my name doesn’t sound Spanish.”
Photo Credit: Steven Meisel for W