Friday, October 30, 2009

Model Life: The Journey of a Pint-Size Warrior launch!

YAY! just signed my first in-store copy of my graphic novel "Model Life" in BN in Tribeca! If you like books signed by authors check it out!

"Model Life" should be in your bookstore by now if not very, very soon. I hope you can check it out. The story is based on my modeling adventures and I wrote it for not just aspiring models but girls of all heights. Plus the graphic novel world needs some more girls! right!

Also my illustrator Jazmin Ruotolo is amazing.

You can also meet her at my launch party for Model Life: The Journey of a Pint-Size Fashion Warrior (Soft Skull Press), at MercBar on November 12th 2009 from 7-9pm.

Model Life is a celebration of the self-discovery that comes with being self-made and the triumph of beating the odds in modeling, and is based on the real adventures of petite model Isobella Jade.

With a live-photo-shoot involved, this is not going to be your typical book signing. Whatever your height, if you appreciate graphic novels, art, models, fashion, and illustration, it will be a memorable experience.

Model Life is truly a graphic novel for our current Internet/digital age readers and features emails, instant messages, and texts as the main form of communication throughout the work

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Yes The ANTM biracial photoshoot was contrived

Oh yes I need to add that the ANTM biracial photoshoot this past week was obviously contrived. Meant to cause hype right after the French Vogue Black Face controversy. A bit too ironic that the biracial photoshoot would be just after the controversy, don't you think? Tyra should have had the girls learn about "models of all ethnicities" and explain how more and more models of all ethnicities are being used in print ads, instead Tyra creates this contrived shit. Well here are more of my thoughts on the biracial shoot from here:

The van stops and out of the woods comes Tyra and Jay.

Tyra is transforming the petite models into biracial models. She is shooting it as well. She teaches the girls the meaning of the Hawaiian word for "being mixed" or "Half and half," Happa. Tyra makes it so dramatic. I didn't think being biracial was that big of a deal. I mean aren't many of us biracial at this point?

Still, I feel nervous listening to Tyra tell the girls which two nationalities they each will portray for the forthcoming shoot.

Tents are set up, and the itty bitties are covered in an interesting brown foundation and I can't help but think of the French Vogue controversy over the black face model Lara Stone recently.

It's National Geographic meets a sad commercial for donating a dollar a day to feed children in poor countries, photo-shoot.

The girls are wearing the outfits that fit the vibe of the cultures they were representing, but with their hollow looking faces and expressions it's sadness I felt.

We are the world.

Tibetan, Egyptian, Greek, Madagascar, Mexican, Malaysian, Japanese, East Indian, and Native American, the list goes on. The girls should have been shown some images ahead of time of people from these cultures to get inspired. But no. Instead they are winging it, with Tyra as their non-explaining, frustrated photographer, who is having a terrible time shooting the girls. The little models obviously have spirit for the cultures they are trying to give props too. Sundai clings to a walking stick; Jennifer's necklace is almost bigger than her. Laura's legs are crooked and bent, and my eyes zig-zag down her body, but her eyes manage to have a glow. Brittany doesn't look as determined as the Pocahontas she is trying to portray. Erin's covered with too much makeup, and has a huge frock of wheat on her head, and although her shoulder forward and space between her body and arm gives her length, we lose the life in her eyes, but her dark haired wig looks nice. Nicole is looking off into the sunset perhaps, and has a long neck despite the chunky necklace. Nicole makes a statement within the theme and looks the most "into" the shoot, like she is on a mission to win this cycle.

This week's petite guest judge is supermodel Kirsty Hume, but she doesn't help the pee-wee models out with any tips on being a short model. I don't think this day will ever come, but I watch each week hoping one of the guest judges with represent shorter models and give some helpful hints to the hopefuls.

America's Next Top Model: sink or swim

Clearly the photo-shoots on "America's Next Top Model" are for entertainment value more than the real modeling industry. We have seen the girls imitate their baby photo, pose like Drag Queens on a horse, bend their bodies like Cirque Du Soleil dancers, fly in the air like a Ninja, pose with metal and wrap scarves around their heads and bodies like mummies, among other weird things.

This week's episode started with the Short Model House being condemned by Tyra, who has wrapped red "Danger" tape all around the house and inside of it. The house is a disaster, a pig-sty and Tyra claims that Sundai's suitcase is an explosive clothing pile, which would make a good home for a rat. The girls are embarrassed, and Laura is anxious to start cleaning up but Tyra has other plans for them. She is declaring the girls can not live in the house anymore.

She directs them to the backyard, where Tyra slips out of her "condemning outfit" and is now flaunting herself in a bikini. As the girl huddle on the patio they take notice that the backyard has transformed into a tropical paradise. With ass-shaking girls in grass skirts and half naked men flinging fire sticks, fruit galore and sand to play in, Tyra announces the girls better get packing because they are going to Hawaii, and they all squeal!

Sundai can't believe it, she has never been anywhere, she says. You know, except for Los Angeles for the show since she's from Las Vegas.

Next I hear Tyra's voice-over saying "welcome to Fierce Airlines," and I think, "Are you effin' kidding me?"

Off the plane and into their new pad, the girls are walking into a gazillion dollar home (or that is what it looks like), the grass is so green you want to cut it and add it to a salad and eat it, on the spot. Jennifer's CoverGirl commercial is playing in the living room, the bathroom, on another plasma near one of the six pools and waterfalls.

Tyra Mail has arrived. It reads: "If you want to catch a break, you're going to have to go get it."

Nicole ventures a guess that they'll be fishing. Nope it's surfing. A surfing photo challenge awaits.

Sink or Surf.

My full recap here:

I am being Tinkerbell for Halloween, you

Some of my favorite characters are shorties, Thumbelina, Smurfette, Betty Boop, but this year I am being Tinkerbell for Halloween, you?

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Model Fashion: Vogue November 2009

Flipping through the November issue of Vogue and I like the pages on innovative models designing cool stuff.

Natalia Vodianova not only wears fashion she creates it. As a guest designer for Lutz & Patmos, she has created a two in one dress. It is a two way dress that goes from having a large collar to then being pulled down past under the arm pit and then the sleeves tuck to become deep pockets and now you are wearing a sleek strapless dress. Pretty neat. I do dig this, alot~
And $50 of each purchase is donated to THE NAKED HEART FOUNDATION, which was founded by Natalia.

Also Alex Wek has her own handbags through her company WEK 1933 by Alex Wek. (check out her sale) Well, my lucky number is 33, but that's not the only reason I dig what this model is doing, the vibrant colors are full of personality but also the handbags flip from a mid-size shoulder bag to a maxi satchel! Pretty awesome huh!

"Bingo Fashion" and Petite Pride too

I actually do like to play Bingo, and I thought these Bingo Fashion t-shirts were cute. It would look super cute with some skinny jeans and boots, a blazer or denim jacket.

How about a Bingo thong?

Or if you like to play Bingo online, play it here.

I also have some tee-shirts that support petite pride, with saying like "Too short for what?". You can find them here.

you are in control of the opportunities you get

It is really great to have agents and helpful people on your side, but also during your pursuits I strongly think this world is a self-made world. You have to chase and build your self and goals, you have to get off your booty and make stuff happen. Even on cloudy days. Getting the belief of others, the chance, evolves from giving yourself one.

Monday, October 26, 2009

Mikimoto Pearls are a girl's other best friend

Diamonds are a girl's best friend, and I know this because this past weekend my boyfriend proposed with a beautiful marquise diamond and vintage band. And OMG!

And now I am thinking of jewelry that goes well with diamonds. Of course Pearls come to mind and the most ideal are Mikimoto Pearls, which were featured in Sex and the City. Also, you might have heard, a Mikimoto pearl necklace was given to Marilyn Monroe by her husband, baseball legend Joe DiMaggio.

The history of Mikimoto Kōkichi is quite interesting as well, I think Pearls are a girl's other best friend, don't you?

prints for modeling portfolio & mailing modeling agencies question answered here

A girl on facebook recently asked me "where do you get prints for your portfolio printed. Also what are you thoughts on applying to agencies not in your area. I am from seattle but am considering sending my compcard to portland, should I even bother sending to print agencies located in La or new york? How does that work?"

My reply:
I use often they are affordable and great for 9" X 11" portfolio prints. I use them ALL the time and in my memoir Almost 5’4” I mentioned discovering them.

As for agencies, I would only submit to agencies in cities that you are able to get to quickly. The reason: In modeling castings are last minute and often even THAT Day and you have to be available asap. It is better when starting to pursue modeling work to do so with an agency near where you live. Also I suggest with your comp card researching out to aspiring brands, aspiring companies, and here is more info on marketing yourself in a smaller city to get a portfolio, which can lead you to bigger jobs and bigger opportunities.

Modeling for me and many is a growth, is a process, it doesn’t happen over night. And in today’s world there is no discovery, it is about discovering yourself, it is about building your self and goals, and it takes time, effort, and dedication, along with being realistic and ambitious at the same time.

It is always better to do one amazing modeling job with a great brand (or aspiring brand, jewelry, handbag, hair salon, etc) that will lead to other opportunities than a bunch of corny, tasteless, amateur modeling jobs. So aim high as well. I hope this helps and the link I have enclosed,

Amelia Earhart had a gap between her teeth

I plan to see Amelia, the film with Hilary Swank.

Did you know, that, like me, Amelia Earhart had a gap between her teeth?

I loved reading about that recently, but I did not love reading that her husband "George P. Putnam (ever hear of the publishing family Penguin Putnam?) specifically instructed Earhart to disguise a "gap-toothed" smile by keeping her mouth closed in formal photographs."

Mmm. I understand that with short hair and flying in a man's world, Amelia was perhaps told to look danity for the times with her closed mouth, but why hide the gap then and now?

Show the real you. Smile big for it!

I love finding a new gap tooth person to admire. Amelia not only broke records, she proved women could fly just as high in life as men.

I also enjoy seeing gaps and so-called flaws shown in ad campaigns, did you notice in the Guess ad campaign the model has a gap between her teeth?
I also love the United Colors of Benetton ad campaigns.

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Laughs and fashion tonight

Went to see Brian Posehn at the Comix comedy club tonight. He was great! Then I saw The September Issue film, quite good! Creativing director Grace Coddington was great and an asset to the film, I loved it when she said "do not fall alseep in the car and to keep your eyes open for inspiration is everywhere. Anna was memorable and I'd see it again! I will have more of a review on The September issue and Coco Before Chanel next week.

I threw in some history, and saw the Magna Carta at the Fraunces Tavern Museum.

Saturday, October 24, 2009

I'm engaged! :)

I woke up yesterday and had no idea I would be ENGAGED!! by the end of the day!! OMG!! I am engaged!! It happened at Carmines our favorite italian spot by the Seaport last night.

Friday, October 23, 2009

Model Life was just a thought

a year ago Model Life was just a thought, an idea, put your mind to it and the visual in your mind can become the visual on the page. :)

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

"Model Life" book party casting and ANTM cycle 13 recap

TONIGHT, 10:30pm EST. Isobella announces her book party for her fashion illustrated graphic novel "Model Life" on November 12th in SoHo NYC. She is casting 5 petite models for a shoe modeling photo-shoot at her book signing. She also chimes in on ANTM cycle 13 and the girls using their interview skills and how public speaking can actually help your modeling pursuits. Tonight on ANTM the itty-bitty models are challenged to put their interviewing skills to use as they sit in with "90210's" Jessica Lowndes on the set of "The Insider." Isobella also shares a bit about her advertising and marketing background in response to the models writing their own scripts for their CoverGirl commercials this week. Kim Kardashian is this week's guest judge.

Tune in here at 10:30pm after ANTM cycle 13 tonight:

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Casting 5 petite models in New York City for Model Life book party

Are you petite? Under 5'7"? Are you living in the New York City area? My graphic novel Model Life: The Journey of a Pint-Size Fashion Warrior is due this November and on November 12th I am having a launch party! I am casting 5 petite models as the "shoe models of the night" during a live-photo-shoot. Hence my motto that height isn't everything and how shoe modeling was one of my first modeling jobs and in my graphic novel Model Life, the character's first modeling break came with shoe modeling.

I am sorry but for this there is an age requirement, I am looking for is 21+ because it is at a bar/lounge in SoHo.

November 12th 7pm-9pm.

To submit send a photo of yourself to

Height isn't everything in modelng ya'know.

Monday, October 19, 2009

"Model Life" book party launch November 12th SoHo

Join model, author Isobella Jade and illustrator Jazmin Ruotolo for the launch party of the fashion illustrated graphic novel:

“Model Life: The Journey of a Pint-Size Fashion Warrior” (Soft Skull Press),

November 12th 2009 from 7pm-9pm.

At MercBar, 151 Mercer Street, in SoHo, NYC.

“Model Life” is a celebration of the self-discovery that comes with being self-made and the triumph of beating the odds in modeling, and is based on the real adventures of petite model Isobella Jade.

With a live-photo-shoot involved, this is not going to be your typical book signing. No matter your height, if you appreciate graphic novels, art, models, fashion, and illustration, it will be a memorable experience.

Isobella is also holding a contest for 5 petite models based in New York City to be a part of the live-photo-shoot at the signing and launch party for “Model Life”, any shorties (girls 5’6” and shorter) can submit by emailing, because height isn’t everything in modeling.

“Model Life” was inspired by Isobella’s first book Almost 5’4” which was penned down the street from the MercBar at the Apple Store, not too long ago.

Sunday, October 18, 2009

let me keep my beauty marks!

I was in the sand, and the photographer tried to brush away a lil beauty mark on my lil' toe during a shoot, maybe thinking it was some grains of sand, I said "No that stays! that's mine, it doesn't come off." I have a beauty mark near my eyebrow also and I don't like it when the makeup artist tries to cover it. I like it.

What to do you when you're not doing what you do?

When I am not doing what I do or writing about it, I do things totally unrelated. Like watch Squid on TV.

I watched a fascinating show on the Discovery channel on Squid today, they are scary, aggressive, with 3 hearts!

It revives my energy, and creative spirit by tuning into things that have nothing to do with my pursuits. I like learning about things unrelated to my work and finding a relation or intrigue. Enjoying things that have nothing to do with your pursuits is a good thing.

Saturday, October 17, 2009

Cottonelle and beauty come together-at last!

I have been waiting for a toliet paper brand to come forward and be a part of the beauty world. I mean, I use face towels to clean my face, but often when I touch up my makeup, or clean up my face I am grabbing a few squares of toliet paper.

Cottonelle came forward in an ad in the current Elle magazine with an ad promoting red carpet beauty. With beauty tips about moisturizing and giving some makeup tips, and plugging their very own flushable moist wipes and Aloe & E toliet paper. Now I suggest using a facial towel that can be washed in laundry before wasting squares and to try to not to create waste, but I thought the Cottonelle ad was on point! With my advertising and marketing background I thought it was very smart of the brand to come forward in a fashion forward and beauty way. Nice job!

how models can prepare for go-sees and castings

I posted an article I wrote for BuddyTV, where I give a petite perspective each week and share modeling tips for shorter girls. You might have caught it, but if you didn't here is insight on Model Go-sees 101:

During the Petite Ninja Warriors episode of America's Next Top Model this week, the girls had a go-see challenge. In groups of two, the eight hopefuls were sent to five different castings in a four hour span, in an effort for each of them to live the life of a real model.

This challenge inspired me to share a Go-see 101 with you, since the show didn't go into detail on the real go-see "day in the life." There is more to a go-see than just showing up!

What happens at a go-see: You are sent to "go-see" if you fit for an editorial, ad campaign or commercial, and must present yourself and modeling portfolio to a casting director, art director, editor, or marketing professional in hopes that your look and personality will work with the concept for the modeling job. Sometimes the go-see is more about how you wear or use the product. For example, at jeweler Neil Lane, when Sundai tried on the jewelry she looked more scared than into the idea. Kara, without her ears pierced, immediately blew it, and if she had an agency, the agency would have been a fool to send her to this go-see. Brittany, however, commented on how pretty the jewelry was and showed she was "into" the whole idea.

What to wear: I wear typically jeans, boots or heels, and a tank or t-shirt; however, depending on the go-see, I style my clothing based on the vibe of the brand I am visiting, sometimes even changing in the bathroom before and after if I am between go-sees. I try to dress the part, look like the girl who could model in that ad campaign for that product. Typically a print model is going to go-sees for brands that are not as fashion forward, so you don't have to go into overdrive when it comes to styling yourself. Makeup should be simple, don't over enhance the lips or eyes. No heavy, dark eyes! Hair should be out of face for beauty and skincare go-sees, but use the hair as an asset for a clothing go-see or lifestyle product. Jennifer got told at a go-see she had too much makeup on, Kara came across as a disheveled mess with greasy hair--both go-see no-nos!

How to prepare for a go-see: It is best to know something about the brand, magazine, or client you are about to visit. Is it a cell phone company, cosmetics, or a shoe brand? What is the vibe of the brand? Are they eco-friendly? Is it a high-end product or more commercial? What have their previous campaigns looked like? It is smart for a model to know something about the personality of the brand before the go-see, so that you can better prepare to fit the vibe of the brand. I wish the America's Next Top Model girls were prepared a little better about which brands they were going to visit before their go-see rat-race.

Arranging your portfolio and presentation: If you are going to a casting for a shoe company, then put shots of you modeling shoes at the front of your portfolio and point them out. Also, show up to the casting or go-see looking the part. If it is for shoes, then know ahead of time what type of shoes, heels, sneakers, sandals, or boots, and show up wearing a pair. I am not saying go out and buy a pair of Stewart Weitzman boots for a casting, but show up wearing something of a similar vibe. I've had casting for Nine West shoes and Guess shoes and I try to show up wearing the brand if possible. Whether it is watches, earrings, handbags, skincare, or cosmetics, showing you are relatable to the brand, that you like it and can comment on it in a positive way, can help you book the job sometimes. This also shows you understand the brand, and that you can pull off the concept for the campaign or commercial. Although the job might just entail posing a certain way or walking or wearing a garment beautifully, you still want to show your personality. Erin lacks in the personality department and appears timid, even though the designers at the go-see admired her walk. Laura was told she showed a lot of range in-front of the casting directors and designers, and being able to bring forward your diversity and ability to work with different products is a plus in modeling.

Be prepared for the unexpected: I went to a hand modeling casting for Vaseline, but after the casting director saw on my compcard that I also did full body modeling I was asked to take some back shots. However, I did not have on the underwear I would have preferred. That day I was wearing boyshorts instead of the normal tan or black thong I wear to go-sees and at modeling jobs. I did the shots but didn't felt as prepared. The moral of the story is to expect the unexpected, keep in mind what your compcard shows, and always remember that even if the casting is for one thing--from a hand shot to a shoe--it could involve other aspects. For example: If you go to a casting for shoes, try to make sure your hands also look prepared and polished because for many shoe campaigns the hands are seen putting on the shoe. At ad agency Wongdoody, the mini-models had to read a script with an accent. Luckily some of the girls had one from their hometown or could wing it, but Sundai didn't have one, so she gave the persona of a shy-girl--which wasn't far from the nerves she showed, anyway.

Other tips for model go-sees:

•Know what kind of go-see it is: Most modeling open-calls can be disastrous, and unless you show up early, you should be prepared for a long wait. Also be cautious that it is not a scam, as there are many modeling scams out there with the Internet these days.

•The extra effort for the right opportunity can pay off: For a Macy's commercial go-see I hiked out to Brooklyn, for Victoria's Secret I traveled to Long Island City in Queens, and I booked both jobs. Despite having small hands for the Macy's job, and wearing a size six shoe for the VS job, I showed up with a friendly smile despite the commute, which helped me book the job.

•Have manners and be gracious: It might sound simple, but being gracious and courteous to the product you are modeling does get taken into account. If you try on clothing, jeans, or shoes at a go-see, be kind to them. Hang the dress back up, and put the shoes in a nice row on the floor. Brittany was rightly scorned for placing her shoes on the table during the go-see challenge. Put everything back where you found them, neatly and with respect.

Above all, a go-see is just the model version of an interview. Having confidence, high self-esteem, and the ability to quickly show how well you mesh with the atmosphere and concept of the product or campaign can help you nail the job.

Now go out and put your best foot forward!
Isobella Jade

More of my tips can be found here on BuddyTV:

Friday, October 16, 2009

If you live in NYC (books)

If you live in NYC and haven't got a chance to check out my original memoir Almost 5'4", (the book I originally wrote at the Apple Store) I signed 6 in-store copies today at the BNoble stores in Union Square and on 8th Street and 6th ave. :)

Don't let your height hold you down, do the work to get ahead

In my memoir Almost 5'4" I share many of my early modeling mistakes and how I overcame them in hopes you won't make them, also I wrote a lot about the hands-on work I put in to get ahead. The designers I approached, the magazines I submitted to, and how I approached professional photographers with concepts and landed my first tearsheets in magazines on my own.

A lot of girls tell me about the trials of being a model, especially when they are short.

With the Internet becoming such a big part of our daily lives it tends to be the place a girl first goes to learn about modeling and market herself as one. However, the Internet is no place to start a modeling goal, modeling happens when you are modeling "something" -a product-and there are many aspiring brands out there you could contact and approach about modeling for their advertising, especially now when budgets are lower for brand marketing.

Use Google to research brands and small companies, go to tradeshows, craft fairs, boutiques, bring a headshot or compcard. Don't rely on the Internet for you to be discovered, it doesn't happen like that. There is no short-cut, you have to do the work. Try jewelery designers, handbag designers, scarfs, hats, shoes, these are good to consider, especially because there is no height requirement to model a handbag!

These days aspiring brands might need a model but can't afford a high fashion agency model. So that is your cue to get on the ball and market yourself in bigger ways, towards a goal, and with a brand.

With no experience you might not get paid a ton at the start but it is better to get quality experience than waste time counting hits and comments because modeling happens when you "model something". Don't let your height hold you down, and don't settle, aim higher, chase more, want more for your goals.

Also, having some experience, showing the agency you can model, that you have done it before, that you have worked with a brand, aspiring or established, will give you a better chance to be welcomed to work with the agency, despite your height.

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Me at Apple store today working, rainy day~

Zap2it, ANTM Revenge of the ninja warrior pint-size princess

Some viewers may not have caught it, but what was really ironic about this week's "America's Next Top Model" was the Dove commercial that aired during the show. The ad shows flashes of magazine models and the fashion world flying by a young girl: billboards, runway shows, a tall pair of shoes. The conclusion is how these images can affect a young girl's self-esteem.

It reminds me how "ANTM" has said an audience but yet Tyra never goes on about self-esteem (other than to trumpet how healthy her own is). She's rather spend her time picking away at the girls' outfits or Sundai's accessories.

Fighting the doubt

This episode is called "Petite Ninja Warriors." It starts off with Nicole crying because Tyra told her she lost her magic during the Cirque du Soleil shoot. Remember her chin shot?

Kara comes up with an idea. She wants to create an "America's Next Top Model" musical. Rae joins in and starts to sing a song about Laura and her country life. When the camera is on Laura I can't help but notice the bruises on her legs?.Kara talks smack about Nicole saying "she has the social grace of a fetus." I wonder if Kara realized her voice is just as annoying as Nicole's but then I get distracted because Tyra Mail has arrived.

Tyra Mail reads: How driven are you? We will find out tomorrow."

Read more of my recap here on Zap2it:

Bye-bye perfect

The word perfection is friends with the word model but I think perfection is fading out. The other day I shooting some shoes and it wasn’t about making the shoes look totally perfect, it was about the atmosphere the shoes were in, and telling a story through it. The day in the life of shoe at a rock concert sort of thing. Other times I have been modeling for a food magazine, hand modeling, and there are crumbs on the table, some aggressively ripped chicken, purposely not looking prim and polished for the shot. The scene, setting, the lifestyle of the shot comes alive more than making the product look oh-so-eff’ing perfect. Sand on the leg, wind in the hair, and you will notice in ads and editorials that models have gaps between their teeth, their hair isn't always perfect, pantyhose are running. Or a scar is shown. Perfect isn’t real. It is nice to see ads throwing in there some “real life” because I think that actually sells more than some airbrushed ass or sit-up-straight pose. I love it so much when I do see this, that I want to yell: YES! I love it! each time. I am sick of perfect. My message to advertisers and marketing professionals: Keep that band-aid on the models'/girls' knee, 'cause I am wondering how it got there and noticing the shoes in the ad and will prob buy them.

I might share my own scar stories on my blog soon :)

ANTM cycle 13 Petite Ninja Warrior podcast now up!

Here I share insight into preparing, tips and tricks for go-sees and what I liked and didn't about the episode Petite Ninja Warriors on ANTM cycle 13. And model Judge Jessica White speaks up against Nigel's judgements, I think we all should.

being a shorter model is something I don't mind

I am usually shorter than everyone on set, even the makeup artist. :)
Even in my heels. But knowing my body has helped me book modeling jobs with great brands, photographers and work with great agencies. Knowing how to angle my body, make it longer, work with my limbs, has really helped. I will be writing more about posing and looking longer, cheating your proportions later today.

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Your Inner Glow is real beauty

I have worked as a model for years and within the pursuit and jobs the words "beauty" come up often in the world of advertising and photography. "A beautiful shot." "Ohh that looks beautiful." And in a million others ways, etc.

However, when it comes to “what is real beauty,” if someone was to ask me "what do you think is real beauty?" I would say “it is a feeling” more than an appearance.

I think real beauty is what you feel inside.

It is obvious when someone feels good about themselves, and feels beautiful within, you can see it on their face in an ironic way, their inner glow comes forward.

A beautiful landscape can make you feel calm, at ease, excited, and then you could pose for a photo and now you are that beauty within that landscape which can make a beautiful picture.... but real beauty to me is found inside of a person.

I don’t care how perfect the mascara is, and if the outfit matches so, I care more about how a person feels about themselves, if they like what they are wearing, doing, creating, and believe in what they are saying and who they are.

I think the more beautiful you feel on the inside the more beautiful you are as a whole. I feel that the beauty we feel inside should be something we talk about more also. Here is why.

Well, the obvious, we live in an outward appearance obsessed world. A women walks into the room and it is not her poise, kindness or friendly appeal that is complimented often enough, usually it is her handbag, the lipstick or the eye-shadow, the shoes.

So the next time you compliment someone compliment not just the outward obvious.

I try not to only compliment my friends on the outside obvious but instead on who they are as people.

It might sound corny, but ask yourself “what do you like about yourself” beyond the appearance aspects of “your eyes, lips, boobs, butt, etc.”

Are you thoughtful, are you creative? Let’s give credit to those assets.

We are more than our appearances. I am happier about myself knowing that, knowing that I am more than my booty or handbag.

I believe that when a person feels beautiful inside they are more giving to others, a better listener, more positive, and more excited and ambitious about their work, goals and pursuits as well. When a person likes themselves they are a better friend.

When a person feels beautiful on the inside they are more confident in themselves and their choices.

Beauty is loving yourself.

Who we are is made up of our minds and hearts, not just how great our ass looks in those jeans.

There will be days

There will be days when it feels very tough, impossible and overwhelmed is the word.
There will be times when it seems like “why am I trying to do this.”
There will be moments of asking your self “is this possible, am I wasting my time?”
There will be people who try to bring you down, and enjoy doing so.
There will be weight pulling at your dreams in many directions.
There will be obstacles to overcome.
But don’t drown in the doubts of others.
Don’t sink to a level below where you want to be.
There will be deep breaths, even tears.
There will be lonely moments too.
But girl, I have been there, I know those days, times, moments, people, obstacles, and I am telling you to aim for all you want to be, and do, aim high and to keep your chin up.

me! GQ Italy October issue for Model Life

Did you know I am Italian? yup. Third generation. Only I don't speak it. Darn!
However, if you do, I am featured in the October issue of GQ Italia~! Click to see it larger.

Mobile Commerce Picking Up Speed

I am into the internet, mobile, and digital worlds, but I don't think I'll be ordering shoes from my phone anytime soon. It's just not my thing normally. I like the experience of shopping more than just clickin an ap. The click and go appeal will attract some consumers to shop on their phones but I am not a fan of it yet.

In response to WWD article today called Mobile Commerce Picking Up Speed and Macy's planning to enter the m-commerce with the iPhone ap.

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

It was clear and liquid

It was clear and liquid and on my tights (behind my upper leg) and coat now, and I wondered what it was. Maybe it was from someone dry-heaving, spit, some spillage from a drink, or some leak in the sewer-system, but it was sitting on the subway platfrom bench seat, that I had just sat on and now it was ruining my afternoon.

Monday, October 12, 2009

after reading about Irving Penn passing in WWD:

There is admiration found for those who are just as humble as they are ambitious in all that they gain.-isobella

Saturday, October 10, 2009

My shoe pile is growing-Black Heels-Shoe Favs picks

My shoe pile is growing but the basics are missing like a pair of simply just black heels. I got red, but no simple black! Hunting for basics. Here are some results of my hunting:

This is the Kimmi, at Bakers $59.99, this is a good option.

This is the Kontesa, Bakers, $59.99, a classic.

Bring some flair to basic black with Bakers IVONNE, $59.99.

Moda Spana Qutie Lace Peep Toe Platform, DSW, $54.95, the lace makes a basic black have some sensuality.

Something with some sophistication meshed with sex appeal, Jessica Simpson's Racer Platform, at DSW, $59.95, might do the job:

This Michael Antonio Women's Lirit Pump, $44.95, Endless, intrigues me, I am thinking a black dress with grey or pin-stripe tights:

My shoe pile is growing

My shoe pile is growing but the basics are missing like a pair of simply just black heels. I got red, but no simple black! Hunting for basics. Why are they so hard to find.

The more you want the more you work, it is true.

What do you doing this weekend? Work!

I will admit I work through-outthe weekends often. Not every second but I do work daily (even on Sundays skipping brunch often) towards what I want.

The more you want the more you work, it is true. But I think it is worth it, and when you know it will be a challenge and something you have to dive into; step up to the plate to achieve, the realization that THIS will be hard, becomes inspiration.-

Friday, October 9, 2009

Is "real women" in magazines an advancing trend?

Do you want to see real women in magazines or fashion models? Does it matter to you? German women's magazine Brigitte, is dropping fashion models for "real women."

See below, scroll the blog, for more insight on the topic.

Do you think women want to see the models or see women that look like them in the magazines? Is "real women" in magazines an advancing trend?

Something only girls can get away with

Something only girls can get away with: I was walking through a street fair, I order a Gyro, but ask how much and the Gyro Man goes $7. I say oh darn I only have $5. He says it's ok, just don't tell anyone ok. Deal!

In Germany real people as models are on the rise

A girl commented on my Wall page on facebook recently asked:

Isobella, I havent seen you comment about it yet, but yesterday I heard on a christian radio station I was listening to that Germany is not using experienced models anymore. they are looking for real people to start modeling in their fashion magazines, not typical thin tall girls! Have you heard?

My reply: that is awesome. Thanks for telling me.In the US I do already see real looking models in ad campaigns and more products are finding that the best models are actually just people who fit the vibe of the brand. Which is more reason for models of all heights and sizes to pursue print modeling and try. Models are people who fit the vibe ... Read Moreof the brand, who use their look, personality, energy to be a part of the brands image. They are not all tall and super skinny, they are real people. What it comes down to is the will to do it, the want, many times finding opportunities in life is about showing up, wanting it, being available and able to take on the job.

(((Again, Many times finding opportunities in life is about showing up, wanting it, being available and able to take on the job. Like raising your hand and saying I am Here, I want this. It isn't always about being perfect for the job, or the best, it is about showing up, and being eager enough to try.)))

Thursday, October 8, 2009

ANTM Dance With Me video: movement in modeling

In this video I share how movement in modeling is an asset, based on ANTM Dance With Me episode, knowing your body and proportions and having energy and personality is a benefit for a print model.(Tip: Turn down my podcast radio show on the right side to here better or stop by my model video guides here:

'America's Next Top Model' goes to the Cirque

The moment I heard that Cirque du Soleill was going to be the theme for this week's episode of "America's Next Top Model," I thought of Ashley. Dance is her forte after all.

Now with Bianca gone, the camera goes to Ashley accordingly. If you want to know who will get cut, most of the time just focus on the theme of the episode and pay attention to who has the weaker leg. Posing with a horse, of course, it was Courtney with her busted foot.

Read more of my recap here on Zap2it:

no more hand models in Gourmet magazine

Hand models don't just model beauty wine glasses, nail polish or jewelry, they also model in food magazines. I have many times for Bon Appetit, but I will never be hand modeling in Gourmet magazine. An account at modeling agencies that deal with hand models is gone, with the close of the magazine.

I hope I live to 92 like Irving Penn

To understand modeling and photography is to understand the works and life of Irving Penn. If every day you learn something learn about the life of this man:

"Penn's models may be alluring, but he emphasizes their self-absorbed beauty in a way that makes them seem cold and inhuman," the Atlantic magazine wrote in 1985, reviewing a retrospective of his work at the Museum of Modern Art in New York in 1984.",0,1536282.story?track=rss

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Petite people watch out the wind is whippin in NYC

Twittering about the wind:

My window is shut but my hair is still blowing in the wind!

Inside apt my hair is being blown so bad I don't need a hair dryer, the wind is howling and screechin at window like witches!

I'll do anything to be famous Tyra show comment received

OK, I just received this email today about the Tyra Banks Show from a reader of this blog:

Hey Isobella, I saw something on the tyra show that I thought I should tell you about. If you didnt see it for yourself. Today at 4 on the tyra banks show tyra had 5 girls who would do anything to become famous and after tyra exposes private conversations that they had with a fake agent which was set up by her she tells the girls which one of you girls want to be models and 3 of them raised their hands an she flat out said "well ima tell you right now your not gonna be models. You cant be high fashions and you cant be commercial models either so stop doing photo shoots"; I was so shocked because there is even senior citizens who are commercial models so what could have led her to that conclusion? I really think you should look that up because I know you would find that interesting. As soon as I heard that I was like omg Isobella has to hear that lol.

I find this shocking that Tyra would tell a girl she can't model, even if the girl doesn't know how to go about marketing what she does have in the proper way. Maybe she should have told the girl to watch out for scams, instead of being so negative and if she put a naive girl infront of a sleazy so-called agent for this test on her show to make a point of desperation, then really WTF?

We live in a "get famous, get rich fast" world now, and more girls would rather be in Playboy and Vogue than teachers or anything else for that matter, but I believe if you have the desire you should try to do what-ever it is you want to do. Be realistic, but be ambitious.

The topic of "obsessed with being famous" is no new news, it is something of the Internet-age of clicks, comments and look-at-me, and the topic to me seems dated.

When it comes to the model topic and the email I received: I don't see why she would tell a girl she can't model. or can't do anything, in the first place.

The topic of "I'll do anything to be famous, or doing anything to succeed" is a "heard it all before" topic,...couldn't she come up with something better? Not so cliche'.

There is a bad type of desperation that comes from a place inside of a person's that lacks confidence to do things the real way, taking a chance, and a person who doesn't respects hard work can easily fall desperate and into a bad situation. It is best to be honest with your self when striving for something, and doing something out of desperate means such as sleeping with someone to get ahead, comes from not appreciating hard work, and not wanting things to be deserved and instead forcing the success which never leads to good in the end.

Being famous is boring if there is nothing to be famous for that is respected or admired. Being famous for a purpose beyond being cute, half naked, showing panties, does exist still. Think about what you will leave when you die and quickly you can see how being famous or known, or gawked at for being pretty really isn't enough. The famous thing isn't exciting unless you are actually doing something that leaves a mark in the end.

When it comes to modeling desperation should never capture a girls desire to find opportunities that are good for them, like any pursuit, it doesn't happen over night and it involves a hell lot of work. So I am confused why Tyra created a bad situation, with girls who are desperate to succeed, just to make the point of "girls getting into trouble over their desire for success"??...why not teach them about the steps to find that success, and desire to be, using what you do have and being more and chasing more and wanting more for yourself, because in terms of modeling not all models are tall giraffes and there is a thing called Print modeling, and talent agencies, modeling is not just high fashion. Most of all, telling someone they can't without asking "why do you want to be" is wrong.

I don't watch the show, it is past 5pm but based on the email and what I see on the Tyra Show website there are many reasons not to watch it, here are thoughts based on some questions that Tyra asks on her show:

Would you be willing to have a drunk driving scandal?

Would you hire a male escort?

And she forces people to judge themselves against other people asking:
Does your sex life match up to these guests?

Tyra creates issues on her show by asking eye poppin questions just for ratings sake it seems. I don't get it. I can't watch it.

And what is up with her terrible hair-in-the-face Twitter photo, she looks like a Glamour-model wanna be? I don't get her telling girls they can't be models, but then flaunting a photo like that? WTF please somebody anyone tell me what's up with this?

Michael Antonio Stiletto Run Fundraiser to Stop Child Trafficking

This is amazing, did you hear or run in the Michael Antonio Stiletto Run Fundraiser to Stop Child Trafficking that was on on Sunday, 9/27/09? 62nd Street , adjacent to Lincoln Center? Well you should have and hopefully in the future you will be there in your heels. It was rainy, it was a messy day to run in heels but the girls (and some guys) ran for a good cause and these photos are proof that a good pair of heels can get the job done and raise awareness of the perils of child trafficking!

I am hoping they do the run again! I will be there, rain or shine, and I am upset at myself for not being there!

ANTM Dance With Me podcast recap tonight

ok, so Tyra disses Ashley for her dancer skills all the time, but yet tonight of ANTM cycle 13 it is all about dancing. Maybe Ashley will show them all, how dancing is actually a benefit for a model. Knowing movement, and your body is a helpful trait for a print model, especially a shorter model. Knowing your angles, how you look in a certain angle, how to look longer and leaner, -something dancers do is a benefit for a print model dealing with products and modeling for brands.

After the show tonight tune into my radio show segment on Model Talk Radio at 10:30pm EST for a recap of the Dance With Me episode.

Listen live or anytime. (podcasting rocks!)

Balancing on a beam and dancing in a cirus is rarely something you will do as a print model but tonight's ANTM cycle 13 episode is all about Cirque du Soleil and an inspired themed photo shoot. Should make for fun visuals, but girls, if you are short, don't overkill the eyes, hair, and circus theme, it is not something a print agency looks for. The guest judge is petite supermodel Josie Maran. See you later tonight at 10:30pm on Model Talk Radio, where there is no height requirement to model and shorter girls have the upper-hand.

petite modeling agencies don't exist try print modeling

A girl on facebook asked me about petite modeling: hey isobella, i'm becoming interested in the fashion industry and modeling world... are there any great petite modeling agencies you'd reccommend? where did you get started?

My reply:

instead of petite modeling focus on print modeling, shorter models can find opportunities working with print modeling agencies, the main things you need are a great headshot, a great full body shot showing your personality and smile, print agencies want to see more personality than a fashion agency would. You want to show you are on top of it and ... Read Morehave a compcard and mail it to the print agencies in the postal mail. Modeling as a shorter girl ALOT of work, there is no short cut, and it is pure hard work, but it is possible to find modeling jobs and work with an agency and self promotion is a major skill models need these days too. I can't suggest petite modeling agencies because most agencies do not have petite divisions, but print modeling, commercial print modeling, talent agencies are best to submit to through postal mail. P.s Don't ever pay to be on an agency website, and here are tips on skipping scams:

I got started by realizing the power of myself and being a self promoter, not being afraid to try, thinking about what my assets were, what I had that the modeling and advertising and editorial, and business of images and marketing could use, even skipping the middle man sometimes and approaching magazine editors, working with better photographers, trying to art direct my own shoots, trying to get my own work published, I really worked very hard. It is not a short cut thing at all, it takes time, years, opportunities only happy through pure work in modeling as a shorter girl.

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Models are not defined as being one thing anymore.

Models are people that represent a brands or editorial concept; there are all sizes and types. Models are not defined as being one thing anymore. Watch commercials, look through lifestyle women's magazines, not all the girls are ten feet tall Giraffes and perfect looking. To me models are modeling everything from computers to nail-care, hair-care, coffee. A Model represents the image of a company, brand, to me “where there is a need for advertising and marketing’ there is a need for a model, she isn’t always a fashion model, in fact most of the time she isn’t.

A model isn't a model until she has modeled for something

Could be any height, could be plus size, or petite, could be any ethnicity. Models are not just one standard thing these days.

However, a model isn't a model until she has modeled for something. Modeling just your self doesn't make you a model. Being pretty doesn't mean you are a model. A model works with brands and products to sell the image or tell the story of the brand with their look or physical assets. They are all sizes and it is just the media that talks most of fashion, when actually print modeling, which covers a vast diversity of models, is the biggest area of the modeling business and advertising world.

Also, I think the Internet in many ways has dismayed and ruined the word model.


Nudity could be the next big thing for fashion eh?

A girl wrote on my Facebook Wall saying:
Hey Isobella- The other day you posted about nudity in fashion ads, and I came across this article in the Daily Mail last night I thought you might find interesting.

My wall-comment-reply:
Nudity could be the next big thing, but only if it is done in good taste. However nudity, just being nude for the sake of teasing the camera is not my favor. The article and the Vanity Fair cover I think is a style of nudity that is beautiful, Demi is loving herself and baby. When the female is nude and natural, especially black and white nudes, I love it. Is it marketable to modeling agencies? Well, only if it is done is good taste, has an editorial feet, and "parts modeling" involves the body and that is an area for petite's to pursue. Many girls take nudity to mean Playboy only, but nudity can be more than for a males interests. When the nude image is more about the male viewer's enticement than the female posing's happiness and content, I roll my eyes. My favorite type of nudity in magazines: I think fashion nudes are hot, hot, hot!

Monday, October 5, 2009

Viktor and Rolf in WWD and Death Becomes Her

In this mornings WWD I noticed this orange corseted gown by Viktor & Rolf for the Spring 2010 Paris spring shows, reminds me of the movie Death Becomes Her, with Meryl Streep, Bruce Willis, Goldie Hawn, when Goldie gets shot in the stomach and has a hole in her orange shirt and body!

Interesting, art.

some beauty shots as examples for shorter models

In a recent Model Talk Radio podcast segment, I mentioned sharing some beauty shots I have taken over the years and some examples. My thoughts on how to create a beauty shot are here on an article on BuddyTV.

When you shoot a beauty shot think of ads and editorials as you shoot, it is also easier to work from a guide, look through cosmetic editorials in magazines and skincare ads,rip out the ones that look like you can pull it off. I am sure you can!

A beauty shot has the essence of a cosmetic, skincare, or ad involving the face. Beauty shots can be straight on, close up, profile, at an angle, from shoulder up or waist up but involve highlighting and enhancing the beauty you naturally have. We are all beautiful, and beauty does not have a certain height or weight, and in modeling it is all about showing what you do have and showing how your assets can be used in print ads and editorials.

Sunday, October 4, 2009

put to use what you do have

There are many things we might not be, but work and put to use what you've got.

Saturday, October 3, 2009

I have no problem with nudity

I received a comment on my facebook that read: I like the variety. I really like how you model the products because some people just model nude with no point. It makes you think "what the hell is this ad for?"

It made me think about nudity and what being nude can mean for a model.

I have no problem with nudity, I just can't stand it when the girl has her finger to her mouth and is only the tease, I like fashion nudes, and European magazines, I love ads for skincare products, jewelry, and beauty products that involve nudity, when it is well done, and has a purpose, confidence to it.

I have used my body many times over the years as a parts model to work with brands such as Braun (full body), Victoria's Secret (legs), Time Magazine (chest and torso)and I have shot editorials involving nudity as well that have been published.

I love fashion nude editorials.

You have to be true to yourself, and also think about your future goals as a model when it comes to nudity. In today's digital world, especialy with photography, it is easy to make mistakes and get trapped with nude modeling regrets,or falling for a scam. When it comes to your own body, if you are posing nude, make sure you are comfortable with the outcome and thinking ahead. I have had my own share of nude modeling mistakes in my early days, I stress this as a warning to girl. Being comfortable nude doesn't mean accepting to show it in every opportunity that might come you way. However when done right and with a purpose, beyond a tease factor, I think nudes are very beautiful to look at and enjoyable to do.

I need to stress that if a model wants to work with a print modeling agency see does NOT want to show Glamour Modeling photos, it is a turn off to agents, a shot that looks more editorial, and commercial, even if it is your body is better. So if you want to use your body to model with brands and for products, think skincare, jewelry, and an ad for a shaving company or body wash.

When it comes to innovation and nudity:
I read this interesting article today in the NYTIMES based on Molly Crabapple, an artist, who holds her own school called: Dr. Sketchy’s Anti-Art School, a group she founded in 2005, which features unconventional models and allows the models to be the main focus not the artist. I found the article really interesting and I am proud of her efforts to bring people together through art and sometimes, nudity.

Friday, October 2, 2009 ANTM: Isobella shares beauty tips for petites

I often tell short girls to "work what you Do have" forget height and focus on your assets. Think of ads and editorials that are NOT just about height, I put this mindset to work with this article on BuddyTV, inspired by the terrible beauty shots Tyra took and how a shorter can get ahead by knowing how to prepare and create a beauty shot, tips for the short chicks here:

Here is some insight found in the article at Buddy TV on beauty tips for shorter girls:

Many times for an aspiring model, while in front of the camera, it can be a challenge to produce that beauty shot straight on to the camera because it involves a certain confidence but also ease as you position the face. It takes focus to bring a calmness but at the same time sternness to your face. Often the beauty shots I have in my portfolio were actually originally full body shots or three quarter length and I cropped the photo in Photoshop. A beauty shot happens best when you internally know how your face feels when it is ready to be shot. Your eyes often guide the shoot more than the photographer during a beauty shoot, and when you face is ready for the shot you feel it in your eyes.

I wish Tyra went into more detail about the difference between producing a beauty shot and a commercial print photo or fashion image. I also did not like the scarf concept and thought it was not necessary to cover the girl’s faces with scarves for a beauty challenge.

Best beauty shot: Sundai (To me she had an amazing episode; the result of her photo challenge was one of the only shots that was just of the models face.)
Most creative with the scarf: Ashley

I don’t think Brittney should have won the challenge photo shoot because her face was barely visible with the tan sheer scarf covering her face, which me doesn’t represent a quality beauty shot.

During the shoot Tyra had issues with Erin, not the way she modeled but the personality she lacked during the shoot. When the camera was not clicking, Erin would cock her eyebrow and answer questions with her eyebrow as if her expressions could speak louder than her voice. Tyra stressed how Erin needed to work on her personality on set and I do agree about this statement. Models should bring not just their beauty and confidence to the set, but their personality. They should be able to hold a conversation and I think another role a model has is to: Keep the shoot flowing and positive and fun. I have been on sets where the atmosphere was rude, harsh, and in a hurry, and I bought that burst of energy and conversation, laughter, that brought a lightness and enjoyment to the task we needed to get done. I also think creative people, those who are interested and understand art and design are better models, since modeling is a visual job.

Also Tyra had issues with Ashley and blamed her for being so difficult; I thought this was ridiculous because it was Tyra who was so flustered, not Ashley. I thought her first scarve looked fine; she didn’t need to be changed 3 times. Sometimes on shoots things do change, (try not to smudge your makeup doing changes and keeping your positive spirit is key no matter what the voices are saying about how bad that outfit, or styling looks, just stay focused and calm) but this was an example of a stressed, annoying photographer.

To prepare for a beauty shot I suggest going to the mirror. Knowing the photographer’s point of view can be found in your reflection and seeing what the camera sees and practicing your poses, and knowing your face angles can help you be a better beauty model.

Over the years I have become more confident with the straight on eyes to the camera shots but it takes time, and actual desire to learn how to be a better model. Being able to pull off a beautiful straight on to the camera shot is a good goal for a shorter model and I wish Tyra went into more detail about this.

If you have a visual on your mind while you shoot a beauty shot, such as thinking about cosmetic ads, sunglasses ads, skincare ads, hair care ads, and ads and editorials that involve close up beauty shots and full body beauty shots, you will be able to create a better shot. Also a beauty shot can also involve a smile and doesn’t have to involve massive makeup, some beauty ads are more simple or natural, and even a little messy with hair in the face in a wind-blown or beach style.

If an aspiring model doesn’t have a beauty shot in her portfolio, she should work hard to get a good one, crop a photo she already has, and strive to study beauty ads. The Beauty area of the modeling business and industry, has no height requirement, it is a place that welcomes girls of all shapes and sizes.


modeling is more about discovering yourself

I do think when it comes to modeling it is more about discovering yourself than someone discovering you. No matter your pursuits -the belief in your self is the force that will bring you forward to where you want to be. Always keep that belief. Hold onto your belief and work hard for it. Sometimes things that are a challenge and involve work and effort are just the things worth working for.-isobella Isobella Jade take on Take My Photo Tyra recap if you missed it

This week's "America's Next Top Model" starts with Kara loving her boobs and loving to see her photo on the Short Model House wall. Ashley admits to having no expression and Bianca is aiming to overcome her issue of looking too fierce in her challenge photos. According to Tyra Mail: "Sometimes you only have a minute to make a second impression."

The girls are introduced to Sam Fine, a makeup artist with a handy makeup book, who shares with the girls the four basic model beauty tools: concealer, bronzer, mascara and gloss.

I don't think the bronzer should be on there (girls tend to go overboard with it these days) but you can't go wrong with a good foundation or concealer.

Beauty, Bruises and Band-Aids.

This week is all about beauty and learning how to put your best face forward in a flurry before a modeling go-see or casting. Nigel and his beautiful wife Crissy announce that the pee-wee models will be racing through Walmart for the CoverGirl beauty championship. It involves the girls running to different stations throughout the store which will prepare them for a potential go-see. There is a catch: The stations do not have enough items for all the girls to continue on, so it means the girls who make it to the station first, and put on the item first, gets to continue on the race, to the finish. At the finish only three girls will have crossed the line and the one girl that looks not as disheveled as the rest, wins a feature photo shoot on CoverGirl's page plus a $1000 gift card.

This beauty challenge has more of a "racetrack" theme than the previous Lady Godiva shoot The gun goes off and the girls go flying around the store front like they're running the 100-meter dash. Erin immediately grabs little Sundai, trying to hold our underdog back, and the girls are then whipping off their clothing and putting on jeans and tank tops that lay on the floor at station one. A few bras and butt-cracks are almost covered by the edit guy, but not really.

I would like to see the race again because the editing makes it seem like the Road Runner is zipping by. If you blink you might have missed it. I could barely Twitter during the race, the editing was so delirious.

Cheeks are rubbed hard, eyes coated with clumps of mascara, it's a makeup mad-house. When the final girls run to the photo-station, the girls are suppose to pick up their photo, it is the last stop before the finish line. Ashley and Erin have a moment of distress when Erin grabs a handful of photos and rips part of Ashley, leaving her to hustle to put her dented, mutilated photo back together. By that time it is too late and Bianca, Erin and Sundai have crossed the finish line.

All three girls stand like soldiers that fought a battle, waiting for their faces and appearance to be judged by the Captain, Nigel and his wife.

Bianca's eyes are pretty and vibrant.
Erin looks pale.
Sundai is glowing. Maybe it's the perspiration, but she looks very pretty.

Sundai wins! At last little-one!

Read more about the episode and the beauty race and beauty photo shoot challenge here on

Thursday, October 1, 2009

Video recap ANTM Cycle 13 Take My Photo Tyra: Beauty mistakes

Petite Model, author and advocate Isobella Jade shares insight on cycle 13 Beauty Challenge and that the scarf shoot was terrible. She shows examples of her own beauty shots and encourages shorter girls to focus on producing closeups and beauty shots that show off their features and assets beyond height:

Or here is the link to pull up my Youtube page and all my petite model videos:

Don't: Take My Photo Tyra podcast radio recap

America's Next Top Model cycle 13 is for the shorter girls and this episode was all about beauty. Isobella shares what she likes and doesn't about Tyra's hand with the camera and how a beauty shot can help a short girl.

Tonights beauty photo shoot with Tyra holding the camera was not a good example of the type of beauty shot a girl needs to pursue modeling. Wrapping the girls in scarves is a lazy excuse to create a beauty shot, I can think of many other concepts she could have done

To hear me speak my mind and share a petite perspective towards cycle 13 tune in here anytime to hear the archive: