This summer Smalls launched a Walmart swimsuit and lingerie line for women of all sizes. Next year, she’s making her acting debut in a Netflix romantic comedy, “Set it Up.” And W Hotels has named her the First Global Fashion Innovator.
Now renowned for her glamorous lifestyle, Smalls fondly recalls her days playing and working on her family farm, which included everything from cows to pigs to peacocks. “The small-town life helped me to stay grounded and to stay focused, and not be caught off guard because things are happening,” she says. “We just have such a chill mentality about everything.”
“I always had crazy, curly hair up in a bun, messy, running up and down, sweaty,” she said. “I always remember my mom saying she wanted a son, so I basically filled that position, like being outside and always having dirt underneath my nails. I was never afraid of getting dirty and grimy.”
She laughed. “I cleaned up well.”
Best advice she ever received: My dad would always say, ‘You know, you need your sheepskin,’ so I went to college and I graduated in two years, magna cum laude. I have a bachelor’s in psychology.
What is your guilty Latino pleasure? Ricky Martin
What would you be if you weren’t a model? I wanted to be a veterinarian.