WSJ’s Innovators


Joan Smalls and Lil’ Buck – photography by Daniel Jackson for WSJ. Magazine, Styling by George Cortina

WSJ always puts a fresh twist on the fashion formula so it seems fitting that the magazine would salute the world’s premiere innovators with a special evening of art & fashion. Luminaries from Beats Electronics founders Dr. Dre and Jimmy Iovine, to revolutionary dancer Lil’ Buck went home with trophies in honor of their contributions to culture, while well-heeled guests like Constance Jablonski, Tao Okamoto, Tabitha Simmons and Derek Blasberg took in the festivities at the Museum of Modern Art. The full set of honorees included artist Kara Walker, chef René Redzepi, architect Sou Fujimoto, designer Nicolas Ghesquière and Girls who Code founder, Reshma Saujani.

The corresponding issue of WSJ is no less impressive, with Lil’ Buck and Joan Smalls sharing the frontpage in a striking shot by Daniel Jackson. The mid-air leaps and intricate moves featured in the story make the most of Lil’ Bucks dance ability and the high flying choreography pushes Joan to new heights with her expressive poses adding another layer of excitement to Jackson’s images. Experience the editorial and the star-studded festivities below and read the full interview – complete with video of Joan & Lil’ Buck at


Charles ‘Lil Buck’ Riley & Joan Smalls / Image By: D Dipasupil / FilmMagic / Getty Images


WSJ Editor in Chief Kristina O’Neill, Lil’ Buck & Madonna


Italo Zucchelli & Constance Jablonski / By: Jamie McCarthy / Getty Images Entertainment


Francisco Costa, Tao Okamoto & Joseph Altuzarra / Image By: Jamie McCarthy Getty Images Entertainment


Constance Jablonski, Derek Blasberg, Harry Brant, Lauren Santo Domingo and Tabitha Simmons / By: Dimitrios Kambouris / Getty Images Entertainment


Jimmy Iovine, Liberty Ross, Nicole Young & Dr. Dre / Image By: Desiree Navarro / WireImage / Getty Images


Karlie Kloss / Image By: Desiree Navarro / WireImage / Getty Images


Nicolas Ghesquière & Jennifer Connolly / By: Jamie McCarthy / Getty Images Entertainment


Photography by Daniel Jackson for WSJ. Magazine, Styling by George Cortina








All editorial images courtesy of WSJ


  1. The face of Miss Smalls is so much expressive and amazing.

    Don’t have words in the world to describe the beauty and elegance of this model. It’s a fact: Joan Smalls condenses what’s best to be admired in a model.

    Simply wonderful!

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