Boricua morena! Joans Smalls, the stunning Puerto Rican supermodel who famously danced backup in Beyoncé's "Partition" video, covers Lucky's May issue and talks growing up country on the small isle.

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‚ÄúToday everyone is all about organic this, organic that‚ÄĒbut that‚Äôs just how I grew up, eating from our plantain, banana and orange trees.‚ÄĚ

Smalls tells¬†the magazine that although she was raised on a small farm in Hatillo, Puerto Rico, replete with cows, goats, peacocks, and chickens, she¬†always dreamed of international modeling stardom. At 13, the leggy tomboy started competing in ‚ÄĒ and constantly losing ‚ÄĒ modeling competitions in her home country.

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Moving to New York after graduating magna cum laude from college, she didn't find much success either,¬†until Givenchy's Riccardo Tischi handpicked the model from obscurity to walk in the brand's haute couture show in 2010.¬†¬†"I had been shooting a lot of catalogs up until then. Riccardo bleached my eyebrows and I suddenly became this androgynous, versatile model. It kick-started my career for sure.‚ÄĚ

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Ever since, she's walked for everyone, appeared in major editorial campaigns for Stella McCartney, Chanel, Fendi, Marc Jacobs, and Balmain, became¬†the face of Estee Lauder, and why yes‚ÄĒbacked it up on Beyonc√© as a member of the singer's supermodel girl gang in the¬†infamous "Partition" video.

Modeling in the Balmain Fall 2015 show in Paris.

With a stacked r√©sum√© that includes be formerly named one of Forbes' "World's Highest Paid Supermodel", Smalls¬†joins legions of multi-hyphenate stars of her era ‚ÄĒ a label she fully embraces:

"I feel like a good amount of women have used modeling as a platform. People like Gisele and Cindy. And I think that’s really cool, not only for models but for women. It shows you can have a voice and a say. You can have a brand and be your own boss. It's empowering."

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She adds:

‚ÄúI hate a damsel in distress. I saw the movie¬†Brave¬†and was like, ‚ÄėYep, that‚Äôs right!‚Äô‚ÄȂĶI like an empowered girl who can kick some ass.‚ÄĚ

Seems like we can add feminist to that growing CV of hers.

Marjon Carlos is a style and culture writer for Fusion who boasts a strong turtleneck game and opinions on the subjects of fashion, gender, race, pop culture, and men's footwear.