Joan Smalls

Smalls in 2011, photo by PR Photos

Birth Name: Joan Smalls Rodriguez

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 and actress.

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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