Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Models can be Green and help perfect the world

My question for 2009 is: "How have you thought of the earth today?

Do you recycle your beauty products?

Do you waste paper? Flush the toilet a lot?

Do you throw your cigarette on the ground carelessly? First quit smoking, yuck, think about what your heart thinks of that smoke? Then stop littering.

Have you ever picked up any litter? Even that newspaper flying on the subway platform. Or that gum wrapper stuck to your shoe.

Do you waste water and let it run rapid while you brush your teeth?

You can start to be more thankful for what you have and the earth, by taking care of some these things I mentioned, because you can work in a business of perfection and also help perfect the world.

Strippers are not Models - My opinion of Strippers

There is a guy on the corner of Wall and Broadway who hands out NY DOLLS coupons or some shit, and today his hand went towards me, and I brushed it off... I wanted to tell him to “Truck off.” I felt like he was saying I look like a stripper or something.

I recently did portray, act, the role of a Stripper on ABC's, Life on Mars, but I have never been a stripper. I did have my share of amatuer modeling mistakes with guys with cameras and their garage but I learned that was pure BS, and real modeling doesn't happen in a basement in Queens, or in a dim lit strip club.

Strippers are not models. But sadly some think they are. I have gotten a few lap dances at Scores and let's cut to the point:I think strippers are gross. I am not just saying this because they are half naked with razor burn and have cakey makeup that stains your clothing, but because the expressions that they make as they give you a lap-dance is so nasty. So fake. Rolling my eyes at them.

I remember the girl, her eyes slant and naive, looking down at me, since I am so small her whole body almost covered mine, she was a little heavy putting all her weight on my left knee. Watched her slow movements, her finger in her mouth, the other hand, stroking my hair, she said "you're pretty." I felt like I should have said it to her back to be nice, but she wasn't that pretty. I didn't find her little thong that sexy, and instead wondered how many times she wore it without washing it. I thought of all the guys she had danced with and after the song I gave her a $20 and asked another girl in a little outfit for a drink.

I couldn't tell these girls I was a model, because they would just say to me with a hyper smile, "I am too!" I think I would have started a massive fight right there, maybe even stood up on the stage and gave a lesson on why these girls are not models.

Strippers have a choice to be more, they are girls who choose to be strippers. No matter what it is a choice.

I think daily about long term goals and how a wrong one in the short term can change my life, and when you are 30 and have been swinging on the pole for ten years or longer, what else will you have on your resume and how will you feel about yourself before you have a nervous breakdown, go into depression and feeling like your life is shit?

I think a stripper doesn't really know her real potential in life. I mean even if the girl thinks she has a nice body and is hot, ok...great...and?


Maybe she doesn't have the confidence to really chase what she wants. I think there is always more you could be doing with yourself than grinding on some guy just for money. What type of purpose does that really give you? Hi, I grind people. What's your name?

If you have a nice body, and you did want to REALLY be a model, try parts modeling, or modeling for a swimwear brand, or a lingerie company, get some quality photos, and stop calling yourself, "a model" you are not. Modeling involves brands, not just having dark eye liner and the smell of an over-dose of bad cheap perfume.

Sure I will play one for a film, or Law and Order, but really spending my days or nights at a stuffy, lipstick smeared, musty strip club would make me bored as Truck.

Tuesday, December 30, 2008

comfortably Dumb Models and Girls

There is something going on with girls being comfortable being dumb. Dumb and filmed being dumb. It goes for models too. And by dumb I mean not caring how careless they are. Talking through their nose all nasal and snotty, whiny. Yuck! Did Jerry Springer start this egomaniac drama on TV?
I notice how obsessed people get over reality TV, and yet when I put it on for a second I can hardly handle one minute of it before having to change the channel. I don't understand why these shows are popular and how these girls get TV Shows?

I especially can't stand modeling reality TV, it is sad, I really want to puke over internet modeling sites, and girls flashing their boobs on Myspace. I had this conversation with a photographer recently, about all the amateurs out there, and he said, “It is easy to be a star in a sea of shit.”

In the underground bubble of amateur modeling and photography there is so much shit, people living this fantasy and not a good one, a bad one, where they think their reality is reality, but really it is a self image problem. They are cool and so respected within their amateur circle. The sad thing is if they wanted to be more…aimed higher they could be more…maybe. A lot of girls are so desperate to be seen, be hot, be adored, that they end up losing their dignity or worse. Or going to desperate measures just to feel better about them elves. What is winning a booty contest on the web going to get you?? Watching a bunch of rich wives gab isn’t going to make you richer?

I say, screw being comfortably dumb and numb and make something of your life, I am so sick of the Tila Tequila girls, without a purpose or goal beyond being known and being hot….why not have an opinion that doesn't involve Ummmmm or Truck off, and don't be afraid to be who you want to be, but make sure who you want to be is you, and not some chick that says “Ummmm I don't know”..too much.

Jane Goodall- you should get to know her mind

I asked my boyfriend if he knew who my hero's were, people I admire, he was surprised to know one was Jane Goodall. I asked him if he knew who she was. No.
A good for all woman? No. Jane of the jungle?...well sort of.

I have liked monkeys all my life. And Jane Goodall is the Monkey Queen, she studied Chimps for 40 years, I googled her tonight to see what would come up.

I found this interview on her from on Oct. 27, 1999,
and I like this answer she replied when asked: What's a good resolution for humanity as the new millennium approaches?

"We've got to somehow stop thinking that because there are 6 billion people in the world, what we do can't make any difference. As education progresses around the world, which it really is, people are understanding what's dangerous to the environment. They understand what they should and shouldn't do. But we still have people thinking, "It doesn't matter what I do, it's just me." If we can change that thinking around, it will have an enormous impact."

What she said still is something we need to work on.

That was over 8 years ago. And as the New Year comes for 2009, I ask, have we started thinking of the environment yet, or just ourselves?

I think everything effects everything. If you litter, that litter gets into your water, and your water becomes less good for you. If you waste electricity, energy is wasted.

The world is not just ours to ruin or waste. - isobella

More about Jane, from her website: "In the summer of 1960, 26-year-old Jane Goodall arrived on the shore of Lake Tanganyika in East Africa to study the area's chimpanzee population.

Although it was unheard of for a woman to venture into the wilds of the African forest, the trip meant the fulfillment of Jane Goodall's childhood dream. Jane’s work in Tanzania would prove more successful than anyone had imagined." Learn more at Jane

Monday, December 29, 2008

The Modeling pursuit

It is a choice to do the work you do in the way you do. We all could settle, and lose focus on our goals, but it is a choice to strive for them and have the courage to try. -isobella jade

Saturday, December 27, 2008

The Recession in Andrew Carnegie's words

I am reading Andrew Carnegie by David Nasaw, it feels like I have been reading it for a year, maybe I have. It is a very detailed book, I read it before bed and my mind goes wild thinking of the days before the Internet, commercial fashion, cell phones and even cars as an American house hold item. Days when people only owned a few pairs of things. I have a pen by my side when I read. I circle things, make notes, and reflect while I read. Sometimes I have to read things over a few times because my mind wonders so much thinking. Maybe it isn't the best book to read before I go to sleep but the details tire me, even so.

Last night I read how Andrew delt with the "depressed business climate" in 1876.
He wrote, "..fill the works at a small margin of profit- get our rails upon the leading lines next year. The year after take my word for it, you will make profit enough.""Don't be greedy...small profits & large sales."

I do agree, during trying times we as people, business owners, and companies should not forget the importance of keeping the engines going, keeping the flow of production will lead to being ahead when the times are better. I don't believe in bitching, I believe in doing. This will pass.

Dr. Martens was targeted at dock workers in the U.K

I read an article in Footwear Plus Magazine about Dr. Marten shoes and how the original 1460 lace up boot is coming back, and this come with more color, but with the same boot shape. The article stated that their trademark 1460 lace up boot, was based on the day the orignal boot launched on April 1, 1960, -which is 1/4/60 to those in England. The boot was first targeted U.K dock workers, warehousemen and bluecollar laborers. Dr. Martens also have boots for woman that are trendy and I like their high leg boot and the white orignal 1460. (see above in photo)

Friday, December 26, 2008

2009 Modeling to-do list

Each year is another to pursue and chase new pursuits. Some of things I have to do to do what I want to do are:

1. Print new compcards
2. Get my tearsheets photo copied and placed into a smaller portfolio. Like 5x7 or
8x10 size, since I am petite perhaps a petite portfolio would be nice.
3. Keep pitching modeling stories to Glamour, Marie Claire, and Redbook, O magazine
4. Submit to a TV commercial agent
5. Shoot jewelry beauty shots
6. Shoot body shots in a lingerie catalog form/ european mag style. Maybe at a beach.

Waiting for the MTA on Xmas day

On Xmas day I went to Central Park with my bf. He took some random shots of me waiting for the train.

Thursday, December 25, 2008

Girls on Reality TV -not my thing

Girls are obsessed with reality tv. Becoming a reality tv star or looking like one.

I find wanting to look like anyone but yourself is not being true to yourself.

I don't know what is up with so many girls wanting to look like someone else.

We are a society crazy about how we look and don't get me wrong I love my heels, my cute bags, and earrings, but I am not going to get the gap between my teeth fixed, and I am not going to spend $1000 on a handbag just to fit in with someone else's look.

I think women and girls today should be more accepting of themselves.

We all have flaws, but if that is all we focus on then how do we become more?
We all have imperfections, but if we bring out the things we do have to offer the world, and others, you will enjoy life more knowing you are leaving a mark, and not just a pretty thing, with the latest handbag or shoe in the corner sipping a cosmo.

I'll be drinking a Cosmo too in my little shoes, but they won't be defining me.

Elizabeth Banks the face of L'Oreal Paris

I read in WWD today that Elizabeth Banks is set to be the face of L'Oreal Paris. Her hair is lighter now, but I remembered her face and thought right away of the role she had in Seabiscuit (2003), when she played Marcela Howard.

I have not seen W, where she plays Laura Bush, or other films she has been in, but I think her role in Seabiscuit was really well done.

Modeling throughout the Recession of 2009

You got keep fighting through out the Recession to get what you want and those who do will come out on top.

Recently on Myspace I got a message with a question on" how to have it all" and in the hunt for work as a model in NYC".

Yup this is always the question/case with an artistic pursuit.

To be honest I am used to it, the hustle. Yet, if you are a striving model, actor, musician, writer, or within the arts, I would always have a backup plan for yourself. I would not count on your "dream" to make you a stable income right away.

Even if you book a national ad campaign or major gig, it can take weeks, sometimes months to get paid. It is good to have a part time something, a job that involves other skills you have.

I would say think of your other skills and go to Craigslist, or Media Bistro, or Monster, and start looking for a part time position. Beyond working as a waitress or bartender there are other gigs you can get.

Temp work is also a consideration. There are many temp agencies in NYC. That book people for weekly or daily jobs. Also you might be able to get a job part time teaching, or for a marketing or pr company, there are always freelance writing positions out there, if you are pursuing as an actor, try some production work, teaching kids acting for a small theater, or managing a theater/stage a few days a week, or on off days.

Offer yourself part time and stress your abilities, sometimes people will accept a part time worker. But know that part time work does not include benefits, which means you might get the job because a company won't have to pay them, and that is a plus for them, but make sure you can handle that.

The main thing is finding something you enjoy, pays you, and also adds to your resume at the same time. Something that uses your other skills, but doesn't limit your "other goals/dreams." Flexible and able to go on castings, last minute bookings, and gigs. I would search Craigslist and Monster and Media Bistro only for Part time or freelance work and you will see there is work out there that comes up.

It can be hard to find that "other pursuit, job, stability, that lets you model/act, etc, and be flexible..but there are jobs out there that are part time, and especially right now, with the economy people are hiring part time people.

When it comes to your pursuits. The main thing to keep yourself ambitious and in the right direction is to keep your mailigns going, your submissions to agencies..mail, mailing, and more mailings, and a cheaper way to get your marketing material made is through online printing: With printing costs high I would try online printing prices before walk-in printing places. Depending on where you live online could be cheaper.

Another way to save money is to downgrade your lifestyle a little. This could mean not shopping for shoes weekly and clothing. It can mean picking clothing items that can translate through out the year.

Limit your salon visits and upkeep with home made beauty treatments.

Also to downgrade your lifestyle, apartment size, going out, money you spend... will help to upgrade yourself in other areas of your pursuits and "have it all."

Sometimes you have to sacrifice to have what you really want.

Yum...Top Ramen.

Monday, December 22, 2008

Petite Models and Models of all heights

Having the courage to try and being able to handle the no's and not taking it personally is so important in the modeling, entertainment business, and any form of the arts.


American Photo Magazine- Online Publishers

I enjoyed the feature in American Photo Magazine on Online Publishers for coffee table books. To me color management and paper weight seem to be the most important factors, but it would be hard to tell without seeing a proof first. I count the photos I have of my friends in the apartment...not many. I am planning on changing this. I like the fact I can snap a photo and quickly email it to someone, helps in many ways, even modeling and body part modeling...if my agency needs a quick shot of my hand, face, etc. I can have it to her in like 5 mnutes. But.. I have gotten more and more interested in having physical photos printed and put in a album, and I think making a coffee table book can be a cool way to share photos with friends and family.

The magazine featured:

I think this is a fun idea also for a gift giving. I think the digital photography world has gone so commercial that people do not print physical photos anymore from their vacations, special events, even random nights out,...and having a keepsake photo memento is a lost thing.

I recently put photos from Rome in an album, and I printed about 30 photos, however I am considering making my own Rome coffee table book.

The price for a book varies in consideration to the size of the book, from bascially $12-$199.

Friday, December 19, 2008

The New Year is coming 2009

I am excited to attend a comedy club on New Years, it will be good to bring in a New Year with some laughter. But this New Year, does make me think of next year.

To be honest the thought of writing 2010 sort of scares me. It just seems like such a weird year to write...the 2001,-2008 and now 2009 feels ok, ...mmmm maybe it is because 2010 will mean I have been out of High School for ten years? I don't know, but the thought of it, feels weird...

Thursday, December 18, 2008

G-Star, ad campaign with no models, actors instead

G-Star is going to be posing more actors instead of models for their ad campaigns. I do see a lot of brands doing this. Like The Gap as well. Good for the actors, sucks for the models. I do like to brand and I have an awesome bold retro-y dress from them.

G-Star Raw Will Feature Actors in Its Spring Campaign
by Nina Jones

Posted Thursday December 18, 2008
From WWD Issue 12/18/2008

Amsterdam-based denim label G-Star Raw is abandoning models for its spring advertising campaign, opting instead for actors to show off its wares.

The label tapped Dutch director and photographer Anton Corbijn — who won plaudits for his 2007 biopic “Control” about Joy Division’s Ian Curtis — to shoot actors Toby Kebbell and Alexandra Maria Lara for the label’s spring ads.

“I guess we’ve grown up with 20 years of Anton’s iconic rock imagery,” said Shubhankar Ray, global brand director at G-Star Raw, referring to Corbijn’s gritty editorial shots of musicians such as David Bowie, Elvis Costello and U2.

Many Kira Plastinina U.S. Stores Close

Have you noticed stores closing around you? If you live in NYC you sure notice. The first thing I noticed was the Starbuck on my street that closed many months ago. I was sad. And confused. It was always busy, perfect location, by the trains, it shared the space with a deli shop, it was weird how that location went, but the starbucks around the corner stayed? Most likely it was a rent situation. And many companiesare facing rent problems. Rent going up. Space lost. Ironically right down the street from where that Starbucks was True Religion is suppose to be opening?
It is a smaller space, but it is interesting to watch new stores come in and other's say byebye.

This post by David Moin on WWD might remind you of brands who have build them self too fast, with not enough sales and ego control.

Kira Plastinina U.S. Stores Face Closureby David Moin
Posted Thursday December 18, 2008
From WWD Issue 12/18/2008

For Russian teenage design phenom Kira Plastinina, it looks like a quick rise and fall in the U.S.

U.S. sources close to the company said many, if not all, of the 12 Kira Plastinina stores in America could close soon.

Difficulties were pegged to the declining fortunes of Plastinina’s father, Sergei Plastinin, a tycoon in the dairy and fruit business in Russia, who bankrolled the U.S. rollout and was heavily invested in the Russian stock market. Shortcomings in how the chain was operated and the impact of the recession in the U.S. were also cited. To read full article visit WWD here.

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

She hit pause studios not models, but girls

While walking through Union Square I met the owner of I love polaroids and the images really struck me and I dig the vibe and story within the work. I think the polaroid art of She Hit Pause Studios gives new meaning to a sexy photo.

"She Hit Pause Studios, Inc. was created by Matt Schwartz, photographer, and Kate Shawver, web designer/developer, in Spring of 2002. Kate and Matt live in Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn.Matt has been photographing his version of the pin-up girl for the past 10 years. His work has been described as "walking into a memory". All of his models are friends or people who have purchased his work. His work has been featured in Daily Candy and is currently for sale at Anthropologie."

I hand model, I shoe model, I leg model,I leg model,

This was part of my responce to a girl asking me about glamour modeling, a term of modeling which I really am not into at all. I tried to share my thoughts with some inspiration to want more and be more.

"The internet has made Glamour modeling something girls can consider, but it isn't a respected type of modeling, unless it is the style of an ad campaign for a lingerie company and you are modeling for their website, or for their ad campaign or something. The type of modeling I do involves brands and using what I have to get ahead as a model and work with great brands.

I hand model, I shoe model, I leg model, I hair model, and I use my energy and diverse look for the commercial print modeling world. I produce the photos I need, I have made my compcards, I have mailed them out, I have researched and tried to market myself time and time again. That is how i have found success. A model of a shorter height can find opportunities....I don't like to say that a model can find success as a model because every has different perceptions of what success is, -by thinking about products that use models of all heights...and product modeling that invovles not the whole body but just the face or "parts model"...such asjewelry, haircare, skincare, nail polish, handbags, shoes,--these are all things a shorter girl can model...but you have to show in your photos you can work with products, commercial print modeling agencies want to see model, really model, it involves working with brands and representing them. What do you think the word model means? to model represent it, to make the product look good. Otherwise you are just a cute girl, hot girl, sexy girl...and having your photo taken for the heck of it."

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Favorite Purple shoes and stilettos at Bakers

These shoes are so hot and they are purple! Yup purple is a very bold choice but a good one. These can be found at

Monday, December 15, 2008

To model you have to have a sense of humor

The art director once said, “The other model could do it.” Talking about a pose that I just could not get my body into. I just laughed it off. Oh well, well I can’t do it, but I can do a lot of other things. We nailed the shot, and every one was happy when the shoot was over, but it does take some humility to be a model.

A photographer once scrapped his finger at my small beauty mark on my pink toe, thinking it was dirt. I said, “That little dot, nope that doesn’t come off.”

The art director once said, “The other model could do it.” Talking about a pose that I just could not get my body into. I just laughed it off. Oh well, well I can’t do it, but I can do a lot of other things. We nailed the shot, and every one was happy when the shoot was over, but it does take some humility to be a model.

A photographer once scrapped his finger at my small beauty mark on my pink toe, thinking it was dirt. I said, “That little dot, nope that doesn’t come off.

Photographer I chatted with today...

A photographer I chatted with today had quite a beard of scruff. He said, "I am growing it until I'm paid." Looks like we are all waiting on money right now.

Models 1 bought by OpenGate Capital

NYPOST reports:

"Private-equity firm OpenGate Capital is getting into the fashion business.

The firm's new investment vehicle, One Worldwide, announced that it has acquired majority control of Models 1, the largest modeling and talent agency in Europe.

Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Models 1 is already over-the-hill by industry standards, having first opened its doors 40 years ago. But its roster of clients, which includes such icons as Linda Evangelista, Twiggy, Agyness Deyn and Amber Valetta, is legendary. The agency has done work for such fashion-industry luminaries as Prada, Giorgio Armani and Gucci."

More on the story can be found here.

Sunday, December 14, 2008

Vicky Christina Barcelona the title?

Today after visiting Patricia Field's and chilling out and about Soho I went to the
Angelica and saw Vicky Christina Barcelona.

The title Vicky Christina Barcelona seems weird... why not "Vicky and Christina in Barcelona" because that is what they were. I thought each actress was really striking and the plot was complicated yet simple. Each character got to sort of try out the other's perception of love, I liked that. I usually hate watching, and having to stare at two people make out in a scene, but the sex scenes were shot well. ( I am not really into porn obviously)

The voice over for the film was well done and a nice element.

It was my first Woody Allen film.

Penelope Cruz was so sexy, entrapping.

Still the title is weird.

Vicky Christina Barcelona sounds like the name of someone.

I do want to go to Barcelona, the photography in the film inspired that thought.

Isobella Jade Visiting Patricia Field's Bowery store

I remember going to her shop on West Broadway, found some cool items for test shoots in the past there. The store is for sure sexy, edgy and creative.

Isobella Jade random photos around the city today

Friday, December 12, 2008

Hard to be Bettie Paige today- amateur models

While reading the article on Bettie Paige's life and death in the LATIMES today I felt inspired to share some thoughts on how it is hard to be a "Bettie Paige" today and find real modeling success. Monetarily and respectfully.

The first photographer's she worked with were amateurs and she might have been considered in the internet age "just another show off model on Myspace" but in the
1950's her edgy photos and pinups would leave a mark that girls of ModelMayhem and usually do not gain.

Prancing around with a whip and a bondage pose usually doesn't lead a girl to become a global iconic figure but more of a "porn star" or "slutty thing."

In that regard, Bettie beat the odds. Turned her fun and play into a business that has made a Queen of pinups.

However the article in the LATIMES quotes her saying, ""I had lost my ambition and desire to succeed and better myself; I was adrift," Page recalled. "But I could make more money in a few hours modeling than I could earn in a week as a secretary."

I think many aspiring models that are "web models," and “internet models" amateurs would agree. But today you can quickly become "another wanna be" faster than in the 1940's and 50's when less girls wanted to be models, and more of them just wanted to be a secretary.

My question is: Who marketed her images? The photographers? Did she make any money from this branding over the past century? If so how did it happen.

I think it is hard for a girl to be a Bettie Paige today, and make a living from it. Bettie Paige stopped modeling at 35, and that is not the life line of modeling today, but if a girl is trying to be a sexy model until she is 40, she will not be taken as seriously as if she was a commercial print model working with brands, ad campaigns and representing commercial products such as jewelry ads, travel ads and magazines, panty hose, tampons, skincare and beauty products.

Being a Bettie Paige today is a short lived pursuit and it can even limit your chances as a model actually. Especially if you are petite like Bettie, who stood only 5'5."

Bettie Paige Died - at 85 years old

The LATimes reports "Bettie Page, the brunet pinup queen with a shoulder-length pageboy hairdo and kitschy bangs whose saucy photos helped usher in the sexual revolution of the 1960s, has died. She was 85."

"Bettie Mae Page was born April 22, 1923, in Nashville. She was the oldest girl among Roy and Edna Page's six children."

Although Betty has fame around the world, her personal life story is full of heart ache and I think reading about her life would be a good idea for any aspiring model or for a girl who wants to work in the entertainment business.

The article in the LATIMES touches upon her life struggles here.

She might be a woman many have wanted and admired for her free spirit and beauty. But her life story is a different story.

Thursday, December 11, 2008

True Religion on my block- Wall Street

There used to be this little jewelry store I would pass walking up the slight hill to get the top of Wall Street, but I haven't seen it in awhile. Now it looks like True Religion is on my block to greet Pink, Tiffany, Tumi, Hermes and a few other high class retailers.

Still bummed Starbucks is gone. I mean walking around this area really feels different in the past year!

LL Cool J and Sears Grant a Wish

I really enjoyed LL Cool J's feature on Rachael Ray. He mentioned the Grant a Wish involvement with Sears, and also how his grandfather inspired him and gave him a gift of his first turntable and in turn, his voice.

You can hear about it here at I like learning about what inspires people, and the roots of a person's success, where it stems from.

I like that Sears is going this too.

As a kid going shopping was an ordeal for me and my family, a big deal, a unique one, and a special one, it didn't come often. I also remember going to Sears, and feeling so happy standing with my Mother at the checkout line with a few really awesome items that I could show off and wear through out the year. I got my first platform shoes there ( I think they were Candies), and felt so "ready for the day," wearing them in High School.

LL Cool J is also an author, and you can find his book called "LL Cool J's Platinum Workout: Sculpt Your Best Body Ever with Hollywood's Fittest Star" here.

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

An article on Shape by Vanessa Friedman

On the latest article is one about shape and fit and my experience as a fit model inspired me to share this article. I did fit for a teen, tween brand, and I do feel that fashion designers and those in the world of design need to wake up and know that the average girl is short. Yes, without heels, like under 5'5"! Which means her legs are not able to fit in the length of those pants, and the waist and arm length is not fitting and balanced to fit her. If they want to get the sale, the design has to fit and when I shop I hate to also calculate "how much will this cost me to tailor?" It can be a pain in the a**. Enjoy the article and Thanks Vanessa!

Shaper of change for fashion world
By Vanessa Friedman

Published: December 10 2008 02:00 |

As moments of epiphany go, Janice Wang's seems less than Damascene. "Have you seen a toddler? They're all bums and tums," she says. "But if you look at a mannequin of a toddler, it's a little shrunken adult body, like a little alien. If you're making clothes and using that as the model, it's not going to work."

In recent years, though, the 31-year-old Chinese entrepreneur and chief executive of Alvanon has built a multimillion-dollar business on the back of this observation. Her Hong Kong-based start-up makes mannequins - not the Barbie-like bodies found in department stores, but the forms that are used as the basis for the fashion industry's clothes patterns. With 65 employees and a factory in China, the company expects revenues this year to reach $15m.

The wider significance of Ms Wang's high-precision mannequins, however, has been to slash the time it takes the garment business to get its products from factory to shop floor, while more accurately reflecting contemporary physiques.

In today's mass market fashion business, a relatively small problem between factory and design studio can be time-consuming to resolve. As the garment sector has globalised in the past decade, production has increasingly moved to low-cost countries far from head office. Where a designer or executive could once tell the factory manager down the road why a sleeve needed to be longer, the factory might now be on the other side of the world, and staffed by employees who speak a different language.

Sizing matters. According to a study by Kurt Salmon Associates, the retail consultancy firm, around 85 per cent of customers would return to a brand because of how its clothes fit. This has big implications for the bottom line. Good mannequins on the production line can greatly improve accuracy of fit while reducing the need for designers and samples to travel back and forth for multiple tweaks.

Which begs the question: why did a change not come sooner? "Everyone also thought mannequins were a [craft] business - something you did with your hands, which is to say a niche thing," says Ms Wang, a slight but self-possessed woman. "They had never thought about how you could apply technology to the process."

The garment trade is in her blood. The eldest of five children (she has four brothers) born into a Hong Kong manufacturing family, Ms Wang began cutting swatches and sorting buttons in her early teens before spending summers on the factory and trading floor. The original family business, Sterling Products, had been launched in 1955 by her grandmother, a refugee from the Cultural Revolution, as the Asian partner of an American children's wear company called Mamiye Brothers. Kenneth Wang, Ms Wang's father, later became head of the company and now also chairs the board of Alvanon, Sterling's sister company.

"I always felt manufacturing was a part of me, which is typical of a lot of my peers in Hong Kong," says Ms Wang, "but I could also see that there was a trend towards the manufacturing business getting more and more difficult; the margins were eroding and the competition was getting bigger, and we were working on pennies."

Educated in the UK (at Cheltenham Ladies College) and Hong Kong, she majored in East Asian studies and economics at Barnard College in the US. Her first start-up was Texwatch, a fashion internet business that fell victim to the dotcom crash. She then joined Li & Fung, a sourcing and trading company with revenues of $10bn. Her role was to look at improving company performance.

"It made me realise, first, that everyone has a similar experience and issues," she says. "Second, timing is everything and, third, implementation is hard. It's easy to identify problems; difficult to fix them. But the problems this company had were not that dissimilar from my father's problems, so I realised if I could create a product that would address some of them, it wouldn't necessarily require much, but would have a major impact."

It was here that she conceived Alvanon, named after Thomas Alva Edison, the inventor, which she founded with seed funding from her father in 2002.

The idea was simple: create anatomically accurate mannequins using three-dimensional scanners. Ms Wang says that potential clients initially balked at both her youth and the product's expense - the mannequins cost an average of $15,000 more than the ones previously in use - and in the first year revenues were under $100,000. But the turning point lay in the realisation that the company could demonstrate that proper sizing gave its clients a significant marketing edge.

Early converts were brands such as Liz Claiborne and Target, and the company now lists almost all the big mass-market brands as clients, including Boden, Debenhams, Disney and Nike. In six years Ms Wang's factory has grown from 1,000 sq ft to 15,000-20,000 sq ft, and her business has expanded at a rate of 35 per cent a year. She also diversified into consulting, after clients began asking her questions such as: "I need to target 18-30 year olds on the East Coast of the US; what should my ideal shape be? Larger in the hips or smaller on the legs?"

It is this, Ms Wang says, that defines the niche she has created: her company is attempting not only to make mannequins, but to provide any service related to size issues, including questions of inventory and stock planning.

It is also why she is increasingly looking to the world of luxury for growth. As China becomes the new promised land, companies are grappling with creating well-fitting clothes for the smaller bodies of Asian consumers.

To this end Alvanon recently scanned the bodies of 32,000 Chinese consumers: when the results are compiled Ms Wang should be able to tell a client brand if there is any point in it, say, shipping extra-large sizes, not extra-smalls, to the Beijing store, and how many size 6s it will need to maximise sales.

"Executives often know the answers to stuff intuitively," she says, "but if you're putting money into product development, you want proof. It's not enough just to go out into the malls and look. You need numbers."

Hasty decision to diversify that taught a lesson in simplicity

Janice Wang, founder of Alvanon, says her biggest mistake was trying to diversify too quickly.

From 2002 she spent two years trying to follow up her initial success with fashion mannequins by marketing a computer programme that would enable companies to model the way a garment would look on a body in three dimensions.

In theory this would allow brand owners and manufacturers to make virtual changes in real time, eliminating the time and cost of shipping samples. In reality, no one wanted it, Ms Wang says.

"First, it was very slow - we were pushing 15 megabytes back and forth, and the bandwidth was not powerful enough. That has changed now, but it was too early."

A more fundamental problem emerged, however. "The biggest hurdle was people's habits," Ms Wang continues. "If you say to a company, 'You can have this mannequin in two weeks, and it will cut your costs now, or this technology that won't really be ready for two years and then you will have to retrain everyone' - what do you think they'll pick? It really taught me the importance of focusing on implementation, not just ideas, and that you should never be afraid to start with the most obvious solution."

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

USB flash drive and Modeling photo shoot files

Today I had trouble burning a CD, so I thought, " how the heck am I going to get these photos to the person I wanted to send them too?" And then I thought of technology advances. The USB Flash storage device. It's a little shorter than my forefinger but it can hold a lot of images and files on it, and it is small and compact and easy to carry, you could put it on your keychain, and doesn't cost much to mail.

It made me think of another scenario, what if a model was at a modeling job or test shoot and asked, "can you just put the photos on the USB," instead of asking for a CD, would this be a good idea?

Well I have a couple thoughts on the good and bad of it:

1. The good. You can hold sometimes more images than a CD could hold on a USB, this means you can get all you need right there hopefully the day of your shoot. And a USB is a very quick transfer; you can transfer jpegs to it quicker than a CD can capture them.

2. The Bad. When you do get to a computer you can upload them, but then what if your computer crashes and you lose the images? Then the pain in the ass of having to plan a time to meet the photographer to have the photos scanned again on your USB, is only the small issue, the big issue is, "we are relying too much on technology."

Yes I see the USB as a nice tool.

But not the end all. I do not think it replaces having a portfolio and an aspiring model should have one. Just the other day I had to mail my portfolio to a showroom to get a modeling job booked, the art director wanted to see how I looked in print, not just a jpeg.

I think a even with a USB you will need to go back to the CD one day, and it is smart if you do. Having a catalog of your work should not be ONLY kept on your computer files; you should burn your images on a CD. Yes CD's can wear and tear over the years, but relying on your hard drive can be a risk you might not want to take casually. Also what if you lose the files on it and you did not have a back up. Too bad for you!

Monday, December 8, 2008

Shoot went well today

Shoot went well today. Quick. I worked with a male model who had been modeling for over 20 years and still doing it. I enjoy meeting people who have been in the business for more than 5 years and show that modeling is not something with a time limit.

Alot of it has to do with you wanting to do it, do it in the right ways and your own will.

petite models

A shorter model can model, but she has to be savvy, smart, realistic and marketable.


Saturday, December 6, 2008

Monday Hand Modeling

Hand modeling Monday. For a cooking magazine. I will need a no polish manicure and I plan to get the morning of the shoot or the evening before. For shoots involving getting manicures and pedicures usually the client ( magazine, brand, ect) will comp you for the manicure or pedicure if you have your receipt. My job Monday is comping me up to $30. So basically I give my agency the recept and then when they are billed I get paid back what I spent.

Putting together a new compcard soon. A commercial card and also a parts card. By the New Year.

Putting together some shoots for body parts ( behind, hands, legs) and also involving jewerly and now that my hair is longer: hair styles.

Enjoy this video of my hands holding one of my favorite obessions:

Advertising: Magazine Covers are now Ads?

I am confused. I bought a copy of British Vogue. Excited to read it with Kate Moss on the cover looking stunning in a Dior dress. The headline on the cover read " fashion & fantasy Kate Moss in Dior Couture." I flipped through the whole magazine. Couldn’t find the editorial. Frustrated I asked my boyfriend, " can you find this editorial for me!??" He graced every single page. He couldn't find it.

Then we came to the conclusion. There was no editorial. We opened the cover pages to reveal a folded sleeve, that was just the front cover sleeve which was the editorial we were looking for….or was it a Dior ad?

Either way it was a hot photo and well produced, love the dress and Kate looked beautiful, but I wonder...are more covers going to become ads?

Thursday, December 4, 2008

Myself is Full of Models and Musicians

Do you notice how Myspace is full of models and musicians? Ever since a few talented musicans, have gained buzz from Myspace it seemed each day I welcome 5-10 more musicians as my friends on Myspace from daily friend requests. They all basically have the same message, “ I am trying to grow my fan base in hopes you might like my music.” It is sincere, sweet, not pushy…some of the music does sound pretty good. Although I do not think Myspace is where the marketing starts or ends for a dreamer. It takes a lot more self promotion than just a Myspace page. Growing a fan base, and sharing information about concerts, events, and such is great, but promotion should not end on Myspace for any dreamer, or small business. The work of both social media and also personal face to face promotion go hand in hand, both can not be neglected, but should not be relied on solely.

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Modeling Just for Men-Or for you?

I don't model for men. I don't care about being the hottest thing on the internet. That is not my goal. ( I have bigger goals than just that)

So many girls just model for the showing off factor. For the feeling hot factor, and modeling to them is targeted more for men to moan than towards working with brands and REALLY modeling. Tomorrow on Model Talk Radio I will be talking about how a girl can start marketing herself to agencies, magazines, and brands, and be more of a model, if she wants to. It doesn't come down to someone else thinking you can, calling you hot, ect, it comes down to YOU wanting more, and making it happen.

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Remember before the internet

I don't remember being in school and growing up with the internet. I don't. We might think we grew up with it but generation Y did not really.

I don't remember using my computer until college daily. In 2000.

My sister though, three years younger had a laptop in high school. I missed out on that.

I could never imagined counting my rankings on Google or the hits on my blog and podcast radio show. I could never imagine downloading a photo. The birth of the internet meant a "photo exchange" on AOL, not an open port of everyone and anyone and people revealing themselves so naturally and without shame.

A lot of what we are defined by is based on the internet. I was thinking, what if the internet got turned off. What if it was no more, maybe the satellites stopped working or phone lines? I am on the internet several, if not more hours each day.

It is my research tool.

I think about the writing I do, and the freelance work I have done writing and if the internet got turned off, how would I have those credits. Our lives have become so reliant on the internet, for even our resumes. I am so dependant on it.

Remember before the internet, we never imagined needing it, and now it is such a huge part of our lives and we cant imagine being without it.

Being a Model takes more than your hot pose

Modeling is not about posing and being hot, or how many hits or clicks a Myspace account gets, to model when you are shorter involves WORK. Alot of it..which is why you do not see many short models out there. Many girls that are short accept that they can't be more than a glamour model, or they simply do not try to be more.

Monday, December 1, 2008

Back from Rome! 'Beauty on Every corner"

Rome was a blast. I haven't worn flat shoes, sneakers basically, for four days in a row, all day, for a very long time, but it was totally worth it.

What can be said for Rome?

"Beauty on every corner."

I love being where history is.

The Metro was pretty easy to figure out and by day two we had the city mapped and
knew it without asking locals for help.

We watched a guy the train almost get picked pocketed.

We had to see Vatican City twice, it was so good. I was anxious to walk down the golden halls and gallery of maps again. The sight of the Sistine Chapel will blow you away.

Saw Castel S. Angelo, the Pantheon, and Spanish Steps.

Got yelled at by an old lady for kissing my boyfriend in a church in the Piazza Navona. The very first thing we saw was the Colosseum, it is such a weird feeling, eyes open wide, thinking of how many people were killed there and just how many people in general who have been there and how the Colosseum still stands.

Ate so much pasta.

I will have some pics up soon.

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Off to Airport to Rome!

Never been overseas this much, so excited for Rome!

Only bringing a few outfits and two boots, and maybe only one pair of heels. (I know it will be hard!) I think I can manage, but I will miss my cute heels during the 4 day stay in Rome.

I will have photos to share when I return next Monday, December 1st.

On December 3rd I have a shoe modeling job for an ad campaign and I am super excited for that.

Don't forget to tune into Model Talk Radio and listen to my segment today with Ava Garter.

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Preparing for the shoe modeling job

Next week I have a shoe modeling job with a top shoe retailer. Even though it is a week away I am preparing now.

Stretching is something I try to do before a shoot, because modeling, holding a pose might not hurt on the job but afterwards you might be sore. It is best to stretch your legs, feet, body before you do a job.

I also limit my high heel wearing, I try to do this anyways to keep my feet looking nice but I am extra aware days before a job.

I lotion up my legs after showering, like normal, and give special attention to my toes, putting lotion on each one, and my heels.

To prevent razor burn on my legs, I might not shave until the night before the job for extra smooth skin.

Monday, November 24, 2008

Modeling Casting Confessions: Smiling

How to smile at a casting can be a tricky thing. For beauty I tend to just be plain faced, open eyes, and calm as possible. Watching the jaw, making sure I am relaxed. I don't chew gum, but if you want a relaxed face chew some then spit it out before the casting maybe. Sometimes it can be tricky when it comes to knowing your face. Do you know what you face looks like without looking at it? It helps if you do.

Staring at the mirror always helps for practice. But don't just stare, try to feel what you face looks like when you look a certain way. Does that make sense?

If there are tall models at a casting I always just assume to be more straight faced, maybe lips pouted, or closed with a staring-you-down-look. Not pissed just not fully happy. Amused? Wondering. If the casting is for more a lifestyle product I tend to be more happy, energetic, showing my personality.

If there is a wall behind you, do you lean back against it, get comfortable and pose like a jeans ad. Or stand straight like a soldier at attention at the camera. I hate it more than anything when the casting director or person behind the casting camera says, "hands down, just straight down. Face straight to me " I hate that. I don't want to stand like a stiff hanger, I want to give you something more of me than Blah...

Sunday, November 23, 2008

Maya Angelou poem: overcoming, growing, learning

My sister shared this poem with me today, I think it is inspiring no matter who you are, and where you are going.

"I've learned that no matter what happens, or how bad it seems today, life does go on, and it will be better tomorrow.
I've learned that you can tell a lot about a person by the way he/she handles these three things: a rainy day, lost luggage, and tangled Christmas tree lights.
I've learned that regardless of your relationship with your parents, you'll miss them when they're gone from your life.
I've learned that making a 'living' is not the same thing as 'making a life.'
I've learned that life sometimes gives you a second chance.
I've learned that you shouldn't go through life with a catcher's mitt on both hands; you need to be able to throw some things back.
I've learned that whenever I decide something with an open heart, I usually make the right decision.
I've learned that even when I have pains, I don't have to be one.
I've learned that every day you should reach out and touch someone. People love a warm hug, or just a friendly pat on the back.
I've learned that I still have a lot to learn.
I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did,
but people will never forget how you made them feel." - Maya Angelou

Saturday, November 22, 2008

film set confessions: Thinking of your reel

Sometimes you have to take it upon yourself to get seen.

What I got on set, even before I disrobed, I told the Production Casting Assistant that I had a great ass, opening my robe a little and showing him my sexy short black boy-shorts snug against my curvy behind. He noticed and I said," You know, you really shouldn't waste this. Maybe you can start the scene with my ass." He nodded, digging what I had said with curious thought, and went to the man behind the camera and the director or some very important looking people. A few minutes later, robe off, hair teased again and with a little more lip gloss applied, I stood at my tape mark on the ground, ass facing the lens. On "action" I walked away from it and the scene started.

Maybe it will be something later to add to my reel or a still that could be good for my body part modeling jobs.

Acting/Modeling Costume Safety tips on set

Toilet tissue comes in handy when you are given a silver thong to wear as part of your costume or outfit for a shoot or on a film set, wanna know why?

Sometimes you are not given a panty liner, and this can be added to the list of things a model or actress should purchase and keep in her bag on the job, so you need something to put between you and the thong.

Yesterday while filming on a TV series set I used tissue as my safety-sanitary- net.
I put a few squares folded carefully in front of my private areas, yup both of them, because I do not know who might have worn this thong before and even if washed or new, still you have to be safe, especially when it comes to down there.

NUDE Magazine's Annual Photography Contest

Any photographers with great skills looking for some extra money while working with a great magazine?

I recently interviewed Nude Magazine's Carrie Leigh on Model Talk Radio, and I will be in their next issue. Currently Nude Magazine is having their Annual Photography Contest, and it also involves cash prizes. Nude is the only magazine in the US that involves -a coffee table book quality- fine art black and white nudes.

You might want to get in the know an submit! Here are the details.

NUDE Magazine's Annual Photography Contest Includes Cash Prizes

LOS ANGELES, Nov 21, 2008 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ --

Carrie Leigh's NUDE Magazines second annual fine art photography contest now includes cash prizes for the winners and runner ups in each category as well as a much coveted feature exhibit in the Summer's Issue. According to Billy Durham, an editor at NUDE, "Publisher Carrie Leigh has decided to give back to the photographers and models that have made NUDE so successful." Durham adds, "With the world's economy in such turmoil and NUDE doing so well Ms. Leigh has decided that this would be a way of helping out those in the artistic community who have the desire to exhibit their work."

According to Master Photographer and seated juror Kim Weston, "To exhibit in Carrie Leigh's NUDE is an honor in itself." NUDE'S fine art competition is the most prestigious print event in the world of black and white nude photography. For the publishers to include cash prizes is really a very gracious gesture."

Carrie Leigh's NUDE Magazine is the world's best selling high end fine art quarterly of its gender featuring exhibits from some of the most recognized names in their field. The publication is printed on heavy stock paper using old style plates to insure a gallery quality visual presentation of fine art. In addition to Kim Weston the juror's for this prestigious contest include renown fine art photographer Carrie Leigh, Master Figure Painter Craig Srebnik and other distinguished photographers who have exhibited in NUDE.

Carrie Leigh's NUDE Magazine is distributed throughout North America and can be purchased in Barnes and Nobel, Borders, Chapters, Joseph Beth, Hastings along with other book and magazine stores. NUDE is also distributed in half a dozen foreign countries.

The contest entry applications can be found online at

SOURCE Carrie Leigh Publishing Group

Friday, November 21, 2008

fake eyes lashes are so fun

I love pulling off my fake eyelashes at the end of a shoot or filming, I really get a thrill out of how it feels.

recycling miso soup cups

I love that when I order sushi and miso, I can recycle the foam cup!

Half naked on Life on Mars

Trying to get SAG and off to work on Life on Mars today, excited about it, the show is cool.

In my bag today are alot of travel size items. I call them my 'modeling tools' some not to forget are:

a comb
my own foundation and makeup
clear nail polish
Lush Lemony Flutter
for legs: Jergens natural glow travel size
tooth brush, travel size tooth paste
A few copies of WWD to read and my journal to write in
flip flops, for before the high heels go on
sweat pants, for before the outfit for the role goes on
extra pair of contact lenses, just in case!
Deodorant, travel size

At the fitting a couple days before the stylist was trying to find the right shoes for another girl who is in a sexy gold body suit thing, and they were stumpt.

I offered to bring in some shoes for her, so the heaviest thing in my bag is a pair really fun gold sequined tall boots, and also a pair of hot platforms from Report Signature, which I will wear, can't wait to wear them.

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Modeling Tools -whats in the models bag?

Daily you will find so many weird things in my bag, it all depends on where I am going.

Extra pair of shoes, tissues, a shaver, a comb, thigh highs, extra pair of nude colored panties, St. ives lotion, or Lush Lemony flutter (my favorite these days) and always my journal.

Being a model is not just in your face, in your smile, or eyes, or curves, it is in your bag.

Looking in the mirror

I don't have hips, I have a hip bone though, and a curvy ass.

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Learning to Dance, Preparing to Strip- my day

Learning to Dance, Preparing to Strip- my day
Today I had an audition for a role in a music video that involved burlesque. Not having much dance experience at all, I submitted for the role of “close ups of burlesque dancers." Hoping this wouldn’t involve too much intense dancing or skill to get the role. I thought I would just drop my photo off, take a quick snap shot at the casting.


Well I showed up today at the audition and there was a very tall beautiful girl who welcomed me. Another girl was in there with her dancing some steps. I thought maybe they were seeing us one at a time so I waited. But then peeked in and I asked 'Should I come in or wait out here?" They said, 'come in!" So I strutted inside, with my portfolio and compcard and headshot, giving the casting director a choice of what she wanted. I thought that was it. But it wasn't.

The tall dancing instructor wanted me to line up..umm..ok... I stood next to the other girl, she had short hair a cute pixy; it reminded me of my own short hair days. I have my new bangs which I am super excited about,-especially that they only cost me 5 bucks to get- and I felt I looked edgy and hot. I didn’t however feel 100% prepared to learn a dance routine. I was wearing tie up Michael Kors boots, really not dancing boots, more like sexy snow boots. But what the hell. I whipped off my sweater and in an Express tank top and Mango tight pants I tried to follow along to the dance routine. It was fast, jazzy, honky-tonky at the same time. And confusing. Lots of cross steps, and back arches, and slaps on the butt, and such. I felt like I needed a feather and some head-dress or some thigh highs to complete the dance or something.

I guess my nights dancing on tables at clubs in the city paid off at that moment. In about 20 minutes I still didn’t have the dancing down. Looking to my sides it appeared the other girls were no pro's either. I joked off my lack of dance skill, saying "please be easy on me, I thought this was just for a close up." I had worked so hard making my eyes look perfect and it didn't even f*ckin matter. I was starting to sweat.

Another girl showed up and joined in. Another short hair girl. It was weird. Short hair girls still shock me, because I remember how much I had to adjust to it.

As she got the hang of it, I practiced the quick slinky moves, thinking about Dita Von Tease, and visiting The Box, and The Slipper Room, and how this stuff isn't easy!

The camera guy faced us, it was time for us to do it for the camera, like we would for the music video...oh shit, -he asked us to slate: whats your name, and # ?

Dancing with the tall dance pro was easy, just follow her, look at her legs, look in the mirror, pretend you know this shit. But when she wanted us to do it ourselves, I felt like a 5 year old at my first dance recital.

Anyways the 3 of us. I was # 2 faced the mirror and did the steps a few times. It was fun but seriously I don't think I had it down, there was a lot of step details. But when I didn't know what I was doing I just did a graceful exotic sway.

The Dance Pro said we could practice the steps at home. Did that mean we got the job? Well, I hope so, I am prepared to do the routine for my BF later, and perfect it, and I would really like this role. But right now I am pooped and tired just thinking about it.

After that audition, I jumped on the train and went back downtown, and prepared my radio show Model Talk segment with photographer Robert Milazzo, then I got an email from my agent, I went to the post office because my agent waas asking me to over night my portfolio to a shoe company with the agency Fed Ex #. It's with a REALLY good shoe company, so waiting on that (crossing fingers!) Then I did some research for some freelance pr work. I love marketing and pr, and I feel a gig that excites me for a few hours a week would be fun.

And then I had a doctor’s appointment check up, since at the beginning of the month 6th, 7th, 8th I had pneumonia, and I had to make sure I was ok. All is good. They did take some blood tests though to make sure my immunity is ok. I feel healthy and as a past track runner it isn’t like me to lose my breath, so getting sick was really weird for me. I think I got sick from doing some work on a film overnight from 6pm-8am the next morning, and I was outside and the temperature changes might have had something to do with it and fatigue and being very exhausted. Anyways after the doctor’s appointment, I went to the fitting for a feature on Life on Mars that shoots Friday. The role is for a stripper, I never swung on a pole, and it is prime time TV so it can’t be super sexy but I am wearing a pretty damn hot bra with cool beads!! I am really excited about it.

I learned to dance, I hosted my radio show, I had blood drawn. Sort of used to being stabbed with a needle, the pain kinda feels more "interesting" than painful now," I watch the nurse draw the blood; it fills the whole vase quickly. With my band aid, I went to a fitting, back in my hood, Astoria, for my role on Life on Mars that shoots this Friday.

There the outfit was already picked out. Good this might be fast. And I tried on the bra and my whole tit was hanging out of it because it was soo big and the beads were weighing it down. I sort of laughed at it and the stylists pinned and added a chicken cutlet to me, and soon we were all set. It is hot!

Almost fell asleep on the train.

I am home now and tired, and hungry, and shit I really need to do laundry!

Today was nuts! What did I learn?
Water is great but Powerade can be better when it comes to running around the city.
Putting on makeup on the train makes me feel like a hooker.
Carrying snacks in your bag is a good idea.
Showing up early can really be a benefit especially if you happen to have another casting, or meeting planned near the time of the first because sometimes things can happen at auditions you do not expect. Like learning dance routines or it taking longer than expected.

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Models and Eating

You know I eat. I love food. Sometimes I eat so much it amazes people at the table. They wonder, "where do you put it?"

Well being high energy is a good thing, it means I do not gain weight easily and I am the skinny bitch you can't stand to look at. I am lucky. Honestly I feel blessed. My family members are not as tiny as me. I feel like the runt in my family and cicle of friends. No one I know is as tiny as me. In measure of height and weight. I feel different than alot of people. Being slim has helped me look taller in photos though.

But it is 2pm and I haven't eaten today. I guess the two cups of coffee hold me off, fire me up, and take away my hunger sometimes. Other times I am so hungry I eat all day. Especially at events, and dinners, and art events, fashion events, anywhere there is free finger food I am there, and I love, love macaroni salad, some of my other favorites are: fruit, veggies, soup, pasta, steak sometimes, salad, cheese, mac and cheese. I think anything within proportion is a go!

I try to drink milk a few times a week. I try to drink water as much as possible. And I drink a lot of coffee. And I am always in the f'in bathroom pee'ing.

I just bought a Soupman medium soup, can't believe it cost 9 bucks! It is still sitting on my coffee table. Jeez, I have to leave in 30 for an audition and I have like 30 emails to write right now, so I really don't know if I will have an extra time to eat it. I know I will be really hungry at like 5pm.

TV audition "I have a great ass" - might as well use it

I have casting today for a TV show( wish me luck) if I get it- it shoots this Friday and I get SAG. The role is to portray a stripper, they are casting 5 girls. I have to go all the way to Astoria, my old hood, for the casting. My boyfriend said to pad my bra, but whatever I have a great ass. (ok, I will pad it alittle!) Anyways,I have never swung on a pole but I think I can handle it...I mean shit, I have gone naked infront of a live audience on the Stacy London show body part modeling, and use my body in so many ways as a model. Showing it is normal. But only for the right jobs and good ones. I think I can f**kin handle it! :)

Monday, November 17, 2008

Hand Model confessions

I had a great shoot today with Bon Appetit Magazine, my third time working with them and it went great! You know being a hand model is pretty easy. And for a petite girl it is a great gig. Hands come in all shapes and sizes but if your hands are proportioned, and your nails are nice in color and shape you should try hand modeling.

Maybe you have heard that hand modeling means you can't use your hands, but this isn't true. You can have a life, but you should be careful and aware of your hands. You do not want to get scars or scratches or damage your hands so it is important to be careful and aware. This means you probably should not go bowling all the time without gloves and you shouldn't carry heavy things that could bruise your hand, and you want to keep them looking pretty. But in your daily life, you can live, be active, and use your hands, just carefully but you don't have to obsess over it.

A good hand model not only has good skin and proportioned hands, but she has personality and she is easy to work with as well.

I think being able to quickly understanding the theme and idea behind the ad campaign, print job, editorial or commercial is a skill a model should have as well.

Having a creative eye and thinking of the camera perspective is also important. Camera perspective meaning, 'do you know what your hand or parts or self looks like from the camera perspective?' You should. Check out the Polaroid helps, but also having a creative eye and ability to be perceptive is important as well.
Now you will want to take care of them. Moisturize them and keep them looking soft and supple. Today I worked with two other hand models and we all checked out the Polaroids before the shot. It is good to know the perspective of the camera when you are shooting parts, (or anything really).

I asked the photographer when the issue was planning to come out. She said "March."
I also asked her for a Polaroid. The other models were not asking for a Polaroid but I was and I also gave the other two models one to keep as well. It is nice to take something away from the job the day of the job if possible. For your own credibility.

Saturday, November 15, 2008

Anand Jon- Bad casting experiences confessions

I recently read a headline in WWD that read Anand jon was found Guilt in Sex Assault Case, his name quickly reminded me of a friend of mine.

She is a part time model, and works with a well known commercial print agency in NYC sometimes. I remembered her telling me that she was sent to a casting at his showroom. She said that he was upset that she was there at 11am, and proclaimed tired eyed and hung over from probably the night before’s partying that the casting wasn't until 11:30, and bitched about why she was so early.

My friend was told to be there 11 am sharp from the agency and so being punctual she was on time. He was just a flat out jerk, she told me. And a pissed off one.

He was very mad that she showed up at 11, and then he was mad at her body. (My friend has a great body, she should be on the cover of Fitness magazine, she is proportioned for her height, great boobs, and curves in right places, although I joke to her that I have a better ass.)

My friend told me that he didn't know how to make jeans, and the sample size jeans did not fit her. She had been a sample size model before for jeans and lingerie so she knew something was wrong. She hadn't gained any weight.

He told her she didn't fit right, and she was too fat for the job, and kept saying how 'un-right" she was, complaining how he had to now "find something that would work for her," in a huffy hissy fit.

I remember her calling me, and after I read about his sex assault case in WWD on Friday I had to call her and confirm it was him, the right name, and everything.

She said yes, and that "His jeans sucked." She told me she called the agency after the horrible experience, and told the agent that the guy was 'such an asshole.' (By the way WWD said that “his work was more flash and self promotion than substance.") Maybe he was a designer, or called himself one, and tried to make some jeans, -just so he could be around pretty girls that he could bitch at and treat like shit?

Well he most likely put out a casting breakdown that the agency read and they assumed he was quality. Yet looks and fine print can be deceiving.

The moral of this confession is that:
Even your well-respected agency can send you to a bad sketchy casting. In the middle of no where and in the presence of an asshole. So beware. Because at the entrance and exit of your experiences you always have to watch your back and be cautious and careful no matter what.

You can read more about this creep here in NY Magazine.

Friday, November 14, 2008

booked hand modeling jobs - modeling booking tips

Booked the hand modeling job for a magazine Monday. Just received the details from my agency and it reminds me to share some tips for "when you have a booking."

1. Even though I am booked for just a few hours I do not schedule anything else in my schedule that day. Up to 7pm. You never know if a job might go longer and you want to be prepared. Bring food, water, magazines, light work to do, you do not want to be gabbin on your cell phone (thats rude!) when the set crew is setting up.

2. On set, listen to know or ask to know, when the issue is coming out. Sometimes your agent might not even know so while you are on set, it is a perfect time to casually and kindly ask "so when will this be out?"

3. Get a copy. Accept the polaroids or copies the photographer or art director give you. The times I didn't take them I regretted it. Just incase the job doesn't appear in print ( because these things do happen) you want to have some proof somehow of the day and experience and credit for your portfolio.

4. Save your emails and confirmations to confirm the rate for the job so that you have your accounting information saved if needed.

5. Bring compcards and your portfolio book but don't flash it around like crazy. If asked by the art director or photographer if you have your compcard or portfolio with you, it could mean another job!

the $40 lipstick - what the heck?

I can't imagine paying $40 dollars or more popular advertised: $48 dollar lipstick!

Shoes yes. A bag, a great pair of earrings, but lipstick, hell no.

I don't know where the concept of paying more for lipstick than your electric bill came from, but it is truely available and advertised all the time.

I am girly, and I like girly things, I love red lipstick and with it I feel powerful and beautiful but I will stick to my favorite brands that at $2.99-$10. I like my lips with some vibrant color or shiny gloss, but honestly $48 for a lipstick. You have got to be kidding!

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Hand Modeling Job on Hold

I am on hold right now for a hand modeling job. The job is Monday. Being on hold means that the client has seen your photos, is interested, and wants you to hold the day because even though the job isn't 100% confirmed that you are booked, the client still wants to make sure you are available.

I just found out the way the manicure should look from my agency, so usually when I know this much, it means I am booked. Still until you get the 100% confirmed booked, you are still on hold and the job is not yours yet.

Modeling Tips for Using the Internet

Alot of girls post their photo on these little amateur internet so-called casting sites, or use Myspace as their modeling photo page and try to build a fan club or something. I find it weird. Getting answers and getting ahead is really just found in a Google search. You don't have to flaunt your photos on a social site to know that to be a model you need an agent. The top brands and magazines cast through agents and you need to have one to get quality modeling work.

Of course there are exceptions and sometimes on rare occasions I have found the random "golden" posting on Craigslist. (I booked a gig as a lead in the Coheed and Cambria music video, another for Univision, White mountain shoes and a few other quality gigs for my resume)

I wish girls would put more time into submitting their photo to real legit modeling agencies and casting directors than trying to count their hit and clicks on their little social site page, that doesn’t make them a model anyways. I think the word model has become a word that means “comments, hits, clicks, and showing as much skin as possible.” It really is sad. Real modeling involves brands, a point to the shoot, and it involves getting off the computer and running to the post office and mailing your photos to the agency. If you haven’t done this, haven’t tried then you are not using the internet in the right ways and now going about modeling in a proper manner.

Maybe these girls don’t really want to model and just want to show off? Feel cute? Maybe it is a self esteem boost to get a comment or a fan on their social site or casting site profile page?

But that doesn’t make them a model.

Using the internet as a research tool is the best way a girl can use it. I love Google, I google everything and when it came to my modeling pursuits I used Google towards them to research the names of agents, get addresses, and to research examples of the photos I need.

Trial and error is the best way, honestly. If you don’t try you will never know. So even if you just have a snap shot, or a couple photos, it is better to make a compcard, or headshot, and try and mail them, and continue to try. Trying is such a big thing. It is not how many comments you got on your social site, modeling is about working with brands and you need an agent to do that.

Sure you can self serve and do your research and be persistent, mail your pics to mags and try to get your own tear sheets too, but don’t forget to think about the jobs you want and ask yourself “are my photos representing this?” And think ahead, dream big, and if the photo you are presenting doesn’t speak towards the direction you want to go, then work on your pics, and continue to mail. The real modeling happens off the internet.

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Modeling with top brands

I am all for self promotion and finding the way! But when it comes to models approaching brands you have to be realistic and savvy about it. Most likely a top mass marketed brand such as Target, Macy's, Victoria's Secret will not take model submissions, and when a model asked me recently, "Do you know how I can go about submitting myself for the Victoria Secret leg ad's without an agent?"

Well I have leg modeled for Victoria's Secret, so this was my answer "Top brands like Victoria's Secret and Marshalls, want to work with good models, so they go to agencies because they figure the best models will be there. The best way to start working with top brands is to make a compcard, or parts modeling card and submit it to agencies. The brands go to the agencies, so if you are not with the agencies then you usually will not know about the casting or be booked for the modeling job. You could however try to find the marketing department at the brand you want to model for and ask if you can submit a photo, or ask which agencies they use. It is better to hit up a smaller company when it comes to self promotion success. A small company might be willing to work with a model without an agency. But top brands usually go to the agencies, hold a casting, or direct book the model of their choice."

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

modeling confessions Boob jobs

I am out of town this week but I got a casting notice from my agent about a body part job for a Breast implant company looking for a small busted model for their ad campaign. It was a side breast shot and it was probably a before and after shot for their booby ad campaign, the side of the little model's boob as the before shot, it was paying around $1,200, and it shows that even though the economy is struggling there is still work out there for models. And you don't have to have big boobs to get the job.( I regret not being in town because I actually really want to put my little breasts to work and the money is pretty damn good)

Isobella Jade advice for the aspiring models out there

Usually the more you believe in you, the more other people do too.

Take the No's in stride, let them be even more inspiring to chase what you want, learn from the No's and grow from them. Just like an athlete you might not win every game, but if you really love the game you fight and love to play it anyways.

Be realistic with your self, if you are 5'3" don't strive to be in a fashion magazine, strive to be in a print ad for a shoe company or a skincare, or with a lifestyle product.

A headshot will get you further than a Glamour shot.

Your not too short to model.

Less is not always more, a shot of you in jeans and tee shirt can book you a commercial print modeling agency quicker than one of you in a thong.

The more mailings and submissions you do the better.

Do your research and be prepared for work, the days of being discovered are over, it is about discovering yourself.

Getting your own tearsheets, not being afraid to submit to magazines, and approach brands, and being ambitious to create the shots you need to better market yourself are important.

If the photo doesn't say you can model it, then people, agents, art directors, editors, marketing professionals will assume you can't.

If you want to model something create the photo you need to present yourself in the direction you want to go.

At the end of the day you are your own agent.

Monday, November 10, 2008

Plus Size Models and the meaning of Size

If a Plus Size model is also called a full figured woman, then is a person who is not a plus size model half figured?


I really wish the modeling business would accept more sizes and understand that the women they are marketing their products too are many sizes, shapes and colors.

Sunday, November 9, 2008

I had pneumonia

I was at the ER and Hospital from Thursday afternoon, l until 2pm Saturday. I got to the hospital on Thurs around noon because I had a fever, and coughing, and I thought perhaps it would be quick, or I would get a prescriptions and be home soon, but I have bad pneumonia. I had a fever and cough, but I guess it was a lot worse that that. Anyways, now a few days after of IV and Medical care, I am taking prescription for 7 days. Young people don't usually get pneumonia, so I had to stay over night in the hospital for the first time in my life. It was a very emotional few days. But I feel alot better now.

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Obama's victory speech

Democrat Barack Obama has become the first African-American to win the White House. Here are his remarks to a huge crowd in his home city of Chicago:


If there is anyone out there who still doubts that America is a place where all things are possible; who still wonders if the dream of our founders is alive in our time; who still questions the power of our democracy, tonight is your answer.

It's the answer told by lines that stretched around schools and churches in numbers this nation has never seen; by people who waited three hours and four hours, many for the very first time in their lives, because they believed that this time must be different; that their voices could be that difference.

It's the answer spoken by young and old, rich and poor, Democrat and Republican, black, white, Hispanic, Asian, Native American, gay, straight, disabled and not disabled - Americans who sent a message to the world that we have never been just a collection of individuals or a collection of Red States and Blue States: we are, and always will be, the United States of America.

It's the answer that led those who have been told for so long by so many to be cynical, and fearful, and doubtful of what we can achieve to put their hands on the arc of history and bend it once more toward the hope of a better day.

It's been a long time coming, but tonight, because of what we did on this day, in this election, at this defining moment, change has come to America.

A little bit earlier this evening I received an extraordinarily gracious call from Senator McCain. He fought long and hard in this campaign, and he's fought even longer and harder for the country he loves. He has endured sacrifices for America that most of us cannot begin to imagine. We are better off for the service rendered by this brave and selfless leader.

I congratulate him, I congratulate Governor Palin, for all they have achieved, and I look forward to working with them to renew this nation's promise in the months ahead.

I want to thank my partner in this journey, a man who campaigned from his heart and spoke for the men and women he grew up with on the streets of Scranton and rode with on that train home to Delaware, the vice-president-elect of the United States, Joe Biden.

And I would not be standing here tonight without the unyielding support of my best friend for the last 16 years, the rock of our family, the love of my life, the nation's next first lady, Michelle Obama. Sasha and Malia, I love you both more than you can imagine, and you have earned the new puppy that's coming with us to the White House.

And while she's no longer with us, I know my grandmother is watching, along with the family that made me who I am. I miss them tonight, and know that my debt to them is beyond measure. To my sister Maya, my sister Auma, all my other brothers and sisters - thank you so much for all the support you have given me. I am grateful to them.

To my campaign manager David Plouffe, the unsung hero of this campaign, who built the best political campaign in the history of the United States of America. My chief strategist David Axelrod, who has been a partner with me every step of the way, and to the best campaign team ever assembled in the history of politics - you made this happen, and I am forever grateful for what you've sacrificed to get it done.

But above all, I will never forget who this victory truly belongs to - it belongs to you.

I was never the likeliest candidate for this office. We didn't start with much money or many endorsements. Our campaign was not hatched in the halls of Washington - it began in the backyards of Des Moines and the living rooms of Concord and the front porches of Charleston.

It was built by working men and women who dug into what little savings they had to give $5 and $10 and $20 to the cause.

It grew strength from the young people who rejected the myth of their generation's apathy; who left their homes and their families for jobs that offered little pay and less sleep; it grew strength from the not-so-young people who braved the bitter cold and scorching heat to knock on the doors of perfect strangers; from the millions of Americans who volunteered, and organised, and proved that more than two centuries later, a government of the people, by the people and for the people has not perished from the Earth.

This is your victory.

I know you didn't do this just to win an election and I know you didn't do it for me. You did it because you understand the enormity of the task that lies ahead. For even as we celebrate tonight, we know the challenges that tomorrow will bring are the greatest of our lifetime - two wars, a planet in peril, the worst financial crisis in a century.

Even as we stand here tonight, we know there are brave Americans waking up in the deserts of Iraq and the mountains of Afghanistan to risk their lives for us.

There are mothers and fathers who will lie awake after their children fall asleep and wonder how they'll make the mortgage, or pay their doctor's bills, or save enough for their child's college education. There is new energy to harness and new jobs to be created; new schools to build and threats to meet and alliances to repair.

The road ahead will be long. Our climb will be steep. We may not get there in one year or even in one term, but America - I have never been more hopeful than I am tonight that we will get there. I promise you - we as a people will get there.
There will be setbacks and false starts. There are many who won't agree with every decision or policy I make as president, and we know that government can't solve every problem. But I will always be honest with you about the challenges we face. I will listen to you, especially when we disagree.

And above all, I will ask you to join in the work of remaking this nation the only way it's been done in America for 221 years - block by block, brick by brick, calloused hand by calloused hand.

What began 21 months ago in the depths of winter cannot end on this autumn night. This victory alone is not the change we seek - it is only the chance for us to make that change. And that cannot happen if we go back to the way things were. It cannot happen without you, without a new spirit of service, a new spirit of sacrifice.

So let us summon a new spirit of patriotism; of service and responsibility where each of us resolves to pitch in and work harder and look after not only ourselves, but each other. Let us remember that if this financial crisis taught us anything, it's that we cannot have a thriving Wall Street while Main Street suffers - in this country, we rise or fall as one nation; as one people.

Let us resist the temptation to fall back on the same partisanship and pettiness and immaturity that has poisoned our politics for so long. Let us remember that it was a man from this state who first carried the banner of the Republican Party to the White House - a party founded on the values of self-reliance, individual liberty, and national unity.

Those are values that we all share, and while the Democratic Party has won a great victory tonight, we do so with a measure of humility and determination to heal the divides that have held back our progress. As Lincoln said to a nation far more divided than ours: "We are not enemies, but friends… though passion may have strained it must not break our bonds of affection."

And to those Americans whose support I have yet to earn - I may not have won your vote tonight, but I hear your voices, I need your help, and I will be your president too.

And to all those watching tonight from beyond our shores, from parliaments and palaces to those who are huddled around radios in the forgotten corners of the world - our stories are singular, but our destiny is shared, and a new dawn of American leadership is at hand.

To those who would tear the world down - we will defeat you. To those who seek peace and security - we support you.

And to all those who have wondered if America's beacon still burns as bright - tonight we proved once more that the true strength of our nation comes not from the might of our arms or the scale of our wealth, but from the enduring power of our ideals: democracy, liberty, opportunity and unyielding hope.

For that is the true genius of America - that America can change. Our union can be perfected. And what we have already achieved gives us hope for what we can and must achieve tomorrow.

This election had many firsts and many stories that will be told for generations. But one that's on my mind tonight is about a woman who cast her ballot in Atlanta. She's a lot like the millions of others who stood in line to make their voice heard in this election except for one thing - Ann Nixon Cooper is 106 years old.

She was born just a generation past slavery; a time when there were no cars on the road or planes in the sky; when someone like her couldn't vote for two reasons - because she was a woman and because of the colour of her skin.

And tonight, I think about all that she's seen throughout her century in America - the heartache and the hope; the struggle and the progress; the times we were told that we can't, and the people who pressed on with that American creed: Yes, we can.

At a time when women's voices were silenced and their hopes dismissed, she lived to see them stand up and speak out and reach for the ballot. Yes, we can.

When there was despair in the dust bowl and depression across the land, she saw a nation conquer fear itself with a New Deal, new jobs and a new sense of common purpose. Yes, we can.

When the bombs fell on our harbour and tyranny threatened the world, she was there to witness a generation rise to greatness and a democracy was saved. Yes, we can.

She was there for the buses in Montgomery, the hoses in Birmingham, a bridge in Selma, and a preacher from Atlanta who told a people that "we shall overcome". Yes, we can.

A man touched down on the Moon, a wall came down in Berlin, a world was connected by our own science and imagination. And this year, in this election, she touched her finger to a screen, and cast her vote, because after 106 years in America, through the best of times and the darkest of hours, she knows how America can change. Yes, we can.

America, we have come so far. We have seen so much. But there is so much more to do. So tonight, let us ask ourselves - if our children should live to see the next century; if my daughters should be so lucky to live as long as Ann Nixon Cooper, what change will they see? What progress will we have made?

This is our chance to answer that call. This is our moment.

This is our time - to put our people back to work and open doors of opportunity for our kids; to restore prosperity and promote the cause of peace; to reclaim the American dream and reaffirm that fundamental truth - that out of many, we are one; that while we breathe, we hope, and where we are met with cynicism and doubt, and those who tell us that we can't, we will respond with that timeless creed that sums up the spirit of a people: yes, we can.

Thank you, God bless you, and may God bless the United States of America.