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Supermodel Joan Smalls is covering the latest issue of Lucky Magazine. In the interview, Smalls dishes on her modeling career, personal style, healthy lifestyle and Beyoncé.

Check out some of the interview snippets below!

On Eating Healthy:
“Today everyone is all about organic this, organic that—but that’s just how I grew up, eating from our plantain, banana and orange trees,” says Smalls. “It’s funny, I never even liked avocados until recently. And we had them in my backyard, so now they’re almost like a comfort food. I had it so good when I was a little kid and I didn’t even know it!”

On Her Style:
“There are no rules. I know what I like and what I don’t, what looks good on me and what doesn’t,” she says. When pressed to name something in that latter category, she definitively answers: “Patterns! You know when someone wears a printed skirt with a printed top? For whatever reason, I can’t do that. Sometimes on set they’ll have me in a cool graphic outfit and I’ll want to replicate it, but I can never get it to look right.”

On Moving to NYC for Her Modeling Career:
“New York was quite a shock, but I was so eager and hungry. I’d take the bus to get on the subway to make it to castings,” Smalls then opens up about the intense competition, “You’re competing with 40, 100, 200 other girls. You go to a call, see the casting list and you’re number 202. And you know there are just a couple of open spots.”

On Appearance in Beyoncé’s “Yonce” Video:
“She was just like, ‘Be you!’ It was funny because she had to stand there and chill while we were dancing and doing our thing. She kept saying, ‘This is so weird. I’m not doing anything!’ We had some laughs.”

Feeling Kinda @luckymagazine for the May Cover! Thank you to everyone for making this happen.

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To read the full interview click here. Check out our gallery to view more photos from Joan’s feature!

Image Credits: LUCKY/Miguel Reveriego

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