Model Joan Smalls
Model Joan Smalls attends the 9th annual Style Awards during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week at The Stage at Lincoln Center on September 5, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Astrid Stawiarz/Getty Images for Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week)

From Ebony.com: A darling of the fashion industry, model Joan Smalls is strutting all the way to mic as the new host of MTV’s House of Style. We caught up with Smalls to talk her new gig and how she hopes to bring awareness about models and designers of color.

EBONY: In addition to this amazing announcement during the VMA’s, it’s also Fashion Week. There is just so much going on for you at once. Are you excited? 

Joan Smalls: Of course I am! It’s always like you wait for it [Fashion Week] all year round, and then when it’s here you don’t believe it.

EBONY: Well, especially when you are a runway star! Major congrats on your new position with House of Style. Tell us, as a model, what do you feel your unique perspective will add to the host spot?

JS: I’m all about highlighting the up-and-coming talent in fashion. I think it’d be great to showcase them and show the world how great they are.

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