W Magazine is truly turning over a new leaf. The high-fashion glossy recently announced the appointment of famed stylist and editor Edward Enninful as its new Fashion and Style Director and now it is has released images of its first-ever beauty issue, with Joan Smalls as one of its leading stars.

In it, Joan is compared to fashion heavyweights Liya Kebede and Beverly Johnson with the lean figure of Zoe Saldana. Her newest role as the face of Estée Lauder is also mentioned. Joan wears a voluminous wavy afro in the spread, a black satin bodysuit from Lanvin as well as a black leather belt from the brand.

To get Joan’s flawless skin, try Estée Lauder’s Idealist Even Skintone Illuminator which provides blemish coverage and also brightens your complexion. ($58)

What do you think of Joan Smalls’ newest spread? Will you be buying W Magazine’s Beauty Issue?

-Faith Cummings

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  • We’re thrilled to see a black woman on the cover of W’s first ever beauty issue especially considering the foolishness published by @psychtoday about black women NOT being beautiful. Please, let the world be on notice that black women are uniquely gorgeous.

  • jane smith

    Congratulation to both Edward and Joan for and W Magazine. Edward is a definitely plus for the W Magazine. I hope that Ms. Joan Smalls will be at W Magazine’s cover.