Joan Smalls

Smalls in 2011, photo by PR Photos

Birth Name: Joan Smalls Rodríguez

Place of Birth: Hatillo, Puerto Rico

Date of Birth: July 11, 1988

*father – African-Virgin Islander, Irish
*mother – Puerto Rican [Spanish, Taino, Indian]

Joan Smalls is a Puerto Rican fashion model, television personality, and actress. She is 5′10 1⁄2″.

Her father, Eric Smalls, an accountant, is from Saint Thomas, an island in the Caribbean, and has African and Irish ancestry. Her mother, Betzaida Rodríguez, a social worker, is Puerto Rican, and has Spanish, Taíno/Indigenous Puerto Rican, and Indian, from India, ancestry.

Joan has said:

I’m just an island girl. I’m West Indian, I’m Puerto Rican, I’m African, I’m Taíno, I have some Irish in me, I have some Indian, so I’m just a proud mutt.

16 Responses

  1. Dar says:

    Tag African-Puerto Rican and Irish-Puerto Rican, Irish-Saint Thomas, Irish-Virgin Islander, sorry, btw I think it’s interesting that she is both Indian [Native American] and Indian [South Asian]

  2. Dar says:

    Tag indigenous Puerto Rican as well

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