With gazelle like limbs, toffee skin, and a face that looks like it was copied from a sphinx, Joan Smalls is the new Iman. Ranked #1 model according to models.com, she’s become a big deal in the fashion world. We’ve loved her campaigns whether as the face of Estee Lauder (she was the first latina to represent this brand!) or Gucci.

But don’t let her elegant features fool you, Joan’s personal style is a sophisticated take on a mix between grunge and minimalist. She’s 100% downtown, rethinking classic pieces like blazers and pleated pants by combining them with crop tops. She’s a fan of leather in skirts and jackets, and always has a splash of black somewhere. Although Joan’s jewelry choices are minimalist (bordering on non-existent), she’s all for a lot of drama when it comes to makeup. Bold burgundy lips or a strong cat-eye and eyebrow are her signature looks.

As much as we adore her style, it’s important to be a little cautious- not all of us have her long sillhouette. So you for those who are on the more petite side, it’s best to stay away from the drop crotched pants and oversized tuxedo jackets. The best way to snag her look is to work in leather pieces with elegantly minimalist pieces. And a great black tote couldn’t hurt.

Shop Rue: 1. Clutch // 2. Top // 3. Flat Iron // 4. Pants // 5. Eyebrow Pencil // 6. Lipstick // 7. Blazer