Joan Smalls is Red Hot in Fetish-Themed Pirelli Calendar 2015
Photographed by Steven Meisel in New York City, the 2015 calendar also stars 11 of her top international high-fashion peers: Adriana Lima, Natalia Vodianova, Raquel Zimmermann, Isabeli Fontana, Sasha Luss, Anna Ewers, Carolyn Murphy, Cameron Russell, Gigi Hadid, Candice Huffine (the cal’s first plus-size model), and Karen Elson.
“I was [pleased] because this is my second time, but shooting it with Steven Meisel, he’s a legend,” Joan told WWD. “There are so many beautiful women who can be doing this, so because there were only 12 girls selected, I feel very honored.”
Joan portrays a boxer for the Carine Roitfeld-styled fetish-themed photo shoot.
“I loved the character I had to play,” she said. “I used to box and it was related to boxing, but they didn’t have me box. It was character-driven — like a boxer mixed with a dominatrix.”
The Pirelli Calendar 2015 will debut in November.
Starring in campaigns for brands such as Tiffany & Co., Missoni, Gucci, Estee Lauder, Neiman Marcus, and Fendi, Joan was elevated to supermodel status this weekend.