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 Indian-Puerto Rican

  2. madman says:

    African, Irish —> Afro-Virgin Islander, Irish

  3. bablah says:

    Saint Thomas is an island in the U.S. Virgin Islands. So she should be tagged as Virgin Islander.

  4. Multiethnicchick says:

    She’s obviousl mixed. Only people who are indenial would say otherwise

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