Friday, May 28, 2010

Things that catch my eye, Cavalli, Carol Dyhouse, Housing Works,, Kett Cosmetics, Curve Expo

I would love to model his shoes!

I love Roberto Cavalli and the nature elements within his collections. On the 40th anniversary of his label, Roberto Cavalli reveals to Harper’s Bazaar insight on his love for fashion and where his inspiration comes from, I thought it might be something you'd find intriguing:

On fall’s low-key tailoring: “Minimalism is so boring.”

On other designers taking inspiration from his trademark ideas: “In the beginning, when people copied me I was happy.” But now, “I can understand when H&M or Zara copies me, but I hate it when big designers copy me. You have a big name, you should never copy me.”

On the provenance of his trademark leopard print: “God created such a fantastic world. Leopard is an animal design, and my designs come from nature.”

On his love for fashion, and for women: “Of course I think about a beautiful woman to dress, because that’s my way,” he says with a shrug. Is there a difference? “Yes,” he says. “I don’t masturbate thinking about fashion.”

On what he loves about women: “Their eyes. A woman can drive me crazy with her eyes. And when they don’t pay attention to me, they drive me crazy too.” “I am a completely typical man.”

You can read more here:

Other things that caught my eye:

Check out CURVENY New York August 1,2,3, 2010. Models of all sizes work this show.

This book looks interesting, Carol Dyhouse surveys the world of glamour from early Hollywood right up to present day.

If you have an iPhone check out, a newly-launched health and beauty online source, and their app! Search in the app store: Beauty Calls.

Kett Cosmetics HD Makeup Studio
New York, NY, Monday, June 7th: Basic Airbrush Seminar Level 1
Tuesday, June 8th: Advanced Airbrush Seminar Level 2
For more info click here.

Feel like giving to a good cause by doing some shopping? Of course you do! Check out Housing Works Open Air Street Fair! You can help show New York how one block can make a big difference. Saturday, June 5 at 10:00am.
Shop Crosby Street between Prince and Houston for books, records, and CDs all just $20 all-you-can stuff bags of clothing and accessories from the Housing Works Warehouse. Crosby Street (between Houston and Prince) Let me know what you find!


Enjoy each plateau of your success

Before I go to bed I like to think of something that sums up the day or a thought on something I have felt before.

"Push away the fear of failure, carry on with your belief. Each high and low has meaning. Enjoy each plateau of your success."~isobella jade

I think it can be applied to life, any pursuit, writers, models, those wit...h a dream or wonder of their own potential.

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

New Video: My Short Model Motto

In this video I share my short model motto of celebrating the unique in us and imperfection, in modeling and life. To watch turn down my podcast radio show on right side of this blog or copy and paste into your browser this link.


Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Quick Petite Model Pose Tip

When you're short watch your upper arms, even the thinnest arm can look less flattering if angled the wrong way sometimes. Remember the tiniest bit of space between your arm and torso can create length and a more proportioned photo.

Pose tip: stand facing the mirror, notice your arms while you are straight on to the mirror, it is the same perspective as being straight on to camera. Then turn your body slowly and watch what happens to your arms, now practice holding a product. Grab a cell phone, a handbag, or pretend to put on a lipstick like a product ad, watch your arms. Even though you are modeling a product a model has to be aware of her whole self.

Monday, May 24, 2010

Mac and Modeling

I love when I do an interview and it entwines a lot of elments. Of course we talked Apple, but here, with, I discuss also the modeling. Here are some questions I was asked and my replies

Q. When starting off, did you ever think modelling was a non starter?

I think we grow from the things we observe. At first trying to be a model was about my ego, it wasn’t about what it really takes to be one. After many mistakes shooting in front of the wrong lens too many times, I realised modeling is about modeling "for something" -not just being cute. I started noticing ads, and learned the difference between an amateur photo and one that will help you market yourself as a real model. Through trial and error I focused on improving my photos, and whole perspective, to make modeling about marketing my assets. At first glance, the word model appeared to be only about the tall, but the more I focused on what I had that products, brands, and magazines could use, I saw that a model is not measured in being just one type of look.

Q. Why do fashion designers, advertisers seek tall women when they are not typical of the average woman?

I think it is a huge mistake. I think the designers and advertisers don’t feel comfortable trusting that women can handle seeing: real. I think there is an obsession over thinking that women want the fantasy. I think women would still buy the product if someone closer to their height was modeling the clothing. Maybe they’d buy more. Fashion is an illusion, that isn’t meant to make women feel good about themselves necessarily. Seeing a tall women, is like seeing something foreign or exotic and it is the opposite of what most women in the world are, and really if the designers started making sample sizes the size of what real women are, I don’t think it would hurt the brand. But brands, designers, advertisers fear the chance that it will. They figure that desire is found in seeing something flawless, instead of embracing the fact that we all have flaws, and no one is honestly perfect without the airbrush.

And to read the rest of the interview click here.

DIY Authors Conference & Marketplace today!

I am really bad at this ironing thing, will prob have the most wrinkled dress at @BookExpoAmerica 's DIY Authors Conference & Marketplace today. At 1pm will be speaking on a panel called DIY Innovation & Success: Selling and Retailing Your Book:


Saturday, May 22, 2010

I talk Apple and Modeling with!

Yay, yay, yay! I talk Apple, writing, ALMOST 5'4" and modeling, and why fashion designers seek tall women when they are not typical of the average woman, in right here:

You will even find some modeling tips within the interview. And yup, my graphic novel MODEL LIFE, will be available on the iPhone soon. Enjoy!


Friday, May 21, 2010

My secret photo-shoot at the Apple Store on Prince Street

I create, produce and conceptualize my own publicity photos often, and like in modeling I am extremely hands on with my images. As an author I do a lot more than write. Marketing is a big part of it. Writing is just part of the job. I think you’ll agree that when I walked into the Apple store on Weds, and stood by a Macbook and told my friend Vera to come in the store with her camera, but to not let me know she was in the store and to just start shooting me,-- the results were pretty awesome. I suggested certain angles, and some goals of the shoot but really shooting random, unplanned worked better. And we didn’t get kicked out. I think it has partially to do with being females. A guy flashing his flash for 30 minutes in the Apple story might have had a different story. Thought it was funny when we were outside some store employees got a little funky :) I need shots of me in the Apple store because even though I am not writing my next books there, the store is still a part of my press releases and story (hence my memoir ALMOST 5'4" was written at this very store on Prince Street), and if it means being a little crafty, gritty, a little sneaky, I gotta get the shots! Currently I am writing a collection of unpublished stories based on modeling jobs with Marshalls, Victoria's Secret, Macy's and others, that show some of my fantastic gigs as a pint-size model. Also I am writing a teen series, more on that later this coming summer!

Speaking at BEA on author self promotion

This coming Monday I will be speaking on a panel at BEA about author self promotion, and book retailing and social media. BEA has started a new conference called
DIY Authors Conference & Marketplace—I think it is a great idea! Especially in this Internet-age and digital age.

Here is the scoop:

Monday, May 24, Jacob K. Javits Convention Center


DIY Innovation & Success: Selling and Retailing Your Book
Room 1E16
When your book goes to print, the question remains: how are you going to sell it? There are many ways to make a sale--your website, online retailers, bookstores, distributors that sell to bookstores, specialty shops--but you need to know how to navigate these options in order to maximize the results. Today you will hear from independent booksellers and self-published authors who have attacked the market from all sides and have the information you need to get your work in front of a buying public.

See you there! I will be running around the show also Tuesday, May 25 - Thursday, May 27 and I look forward to this year's show :)


Thursday, May 20, 2010

Favorite little products pint-size sunscreen sticks

Anything interested in your pocket? I am crazy about tiny. My favorite little thing right now is these pint-size sunscreen sticks, to put on your lips, face, hands, nose, etc. Perfect for your handbag, perfect any time! I am going to be sharing my favorite little things more often, let's make this a weekly thing!

Tell me about some tiny you spotted that is awesome that I should feature?! Email me at

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Tune in live Live! Tiny is Terrific and Not being Short Sighted

I have faced tribulations in modeling and in life, on this week's podcast segment I share thoughts on why small is beautiful and how a person should not be limited because of something they consider a flaw, or drag. Instead that flaw can become something unique, marketable, and even their best asset actually.

Upcoming Show: 5/19/2010 11:00 AM
Length: 15 min

Monday, May 17, 2010

Hold onto the soul, root and meaning of what it is you want to do. Don't measure your success against anyone's doubt.

Hold onto the soul, root and meaning of what it is you want to do. Don't measure your success against anyone's doubt. If you want to do something do it. Do it with an eager heart and truth, don't forget why you want to do it in the first place and make sure there is a reason.

start modeling as a short model

Daily girls ask me about "how to start modeling" and it is often followed with a "I feel like I am too short!"

Well, the best way to START anything is to learn as much as you can about it. Learn where you fit within the pursuit, become realistic about the pursuit and to craft your own career by taking a chance on yourself.

The more you research and know the better. The more you know about what you CAN do, where opportunity can be found the better. The more time you waste worrying about what you aren't --basically time is wasted.

The best thing to have to start modeling is a beautiful smiling headshot.
Among all other photos THIS ONE is the most important.

The reason: A shorter girl is more likely to work with a commercial print modeling agency. And for commercial print modeling a smile is better than any pout, or overly done makeup or styling or hair, the natural you is what sells in print modeling. Advertising is becoming more about hiring models that look real, and have a relatable look to the customer, consumer, reader, buyer.

The more you KNOW about the photos you need to approach a print modeling agency the better your chance. Getting an opportunity to work with an agency, (have an agency work with you), involves not just having your photo taken or making a comp card to send, but it involves creating marketable photos, so that your comp card is marketable. The agency receives your comp card in the mail and the agency says "this girl has something going on, she is real, she looks like a girl who could model anything, and has a lot of personality seen in her photos."

The comp card is your best marketing tool. Today I was asked on a Facebook message from an aspiring model: What is a comp card.

It is the best marketing tool for an aspiring model.

We live in this Internet-age, but the comp card is no excuse needed item by an aspiring model. You use it to get the agency, to get the job and to work as a model. No questions. You need it. Here is insight on creating a comp card and being more in the know about what print modeling is, and how to become a print model:

a butterfly on my arm

This is weird, I look down at my arm and a butterfly or moth is there, it's very still, I hope not dying! It hasn't moved. I carefully took off the coat, and it is still being still. I opened the window incase it moves and wants to fly but it hasn't?


Saturday, May 15, 2010

I believe in risk takers, underdogs

I believe in risk takers, creators, having an opinion, sharing a story, underdogs & change. ~isobella

Living on hope, hustle and heart

Living on hope, hustle and heart isn't always easy. But it is really the only way I know how to live~ my thoughts on what it is like to wake up for yourself and goals each day, isobella

A theraflu eqestrian and stakes afternoon

I love theraflu, feel some better, watching eqestrian horse competition and will watch the Preakness stakes later. I think eqestrian gear, pants & hat and boots are sexy and I am not postitive I'd be amazing at it but I can picture myself as a jockey.. Really I can. Will be attending Belmont Stakes and I get amused and... excited watching races. Gotta get a big hat!

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Coming up podcast Tiny is Terrific and Not being Short Sighted


Upcoming Show: 5/19/2010 11:00 AM
Show Name: Tiny is Terrific and Not being Short Sighted
Length: 15 min

I have faced tribulations in modeling and her life, and on this week's segment of Model Talk Radio I am sharing my thoguhts on why small is beautiful and how a person should not be limited because of something they consider a flaw, or drag. Instead that flaw can become something unique, marketable, and even their best asset.
Tune in here:

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

A new video on What is a Modeling Compcard

I was recently asked on a Youtube comment to make a video on What Is a Compcard? Here it is below, as I share what a comp card is and why you need one and the difference ways a comp card can be laid out. I've worked as a model for many years, I am a print model and parts model, and for these I have different cards. Each time you book a quality job and gain a tearsheet or produce a more marketable photo you should update your comp cards. Making a comp card is a never ending thing. The more modeling work you do, the more tearsheets and experience you get the more cards you make to show these credits. Ex: If you are in a magazine, you should put that experience on your comp card if it is a good quality modeling experience.

More reasons on why you need to make a comp card to model with print agencies here:

Monday, May 10, 2010

Being built from scratch

I think often about the importance of trying, in not just modeling but in doing anything that is not easy.

Wanting something means striving for something.

It can be built from scratch. I do believe this. But it will involve a lot of scratching your own confidence, a lot of research, time, self investment, and a realistically ambitious mindset, I hold onto the bigger picture, the bigger reason I want to do something, the purpose, and what it means, why...asking yourself WHY can help you stay focused.

Also ask yourself if you are willing to seek and strive even though you might not get it all handed to you and even though it will not be easy.

No beauty, no perfection can promise success.

The work you put in, the time, the focus. That is how to survive on a dream.

Possibility inspires me.

A challenge fires me up, the fact that it is not easy, and that someone might doubt me gives me is not enough reason not to try.


Atanta lowdown

Hey, I got back into NYC last night and wanted to share some pics I took with my iPhone.
The Atlanta Fish Market, Buckhead, Apple store at Lenox, W hotel, Lenox Square, MF sushibar!!Yum & loved Blind Willies! Also I went to Madison, GA for an afternoon, shopping antiques and enjoyed the town a lot. Even saw some car Drifting on the way to the airport! It is good to escape sometimes the busy of life, and for me an escape is when I can see something new, somewhere I can explore. - isobella

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Picking and creating your modeling photos - Model Talk Radio

This week MODEL TALK RADIO shares how to pick the best photos for your comp card, and the lifestyle of approach agencies and becoming good at marketing as a model.
The live show is at 2pm EST today 5/5/10

Show details:
Upcoming Show: 5/5/2010 2:00 PM
Host Name: Isobella Jade
Show Name: So you have your Modeling Photos, Now What?
Length: 15 min

Don't worry if you miss the live show, you can always here the archive here:

Lilly Pilly does it right, products for models and girls on the go

playing with iPhone app ShakeitPhoto

My skin is important to me. It helps me book modeling jobs. I might be itty bitty but I think my skin has been my sidekick when it comes to booking work as a model for ad campaigns, magazine editorials and the many jobs I've gained. As a shoe model and body parts model, I am very picky about what I like and don't like when it comes to lotions and creams. Even for my face. I like the lotion to go on quick and absorb fast! I hate rubbing and rubbing the product in. I've used LUSH, St. Ives, NIVEA, Alba, Caswell-Massy creams for my hands and body over the years. Right now I am using Lilly Pilly. My memoir ALMOST 5'4" recently came out in Australia, and was featured in The Sydney Morning Herald and I have been checking out some Australian made products, and Lilly Pilly caught my eye.

Lilly Pilly is a great example of a product that rubs in fast. Here are some reasons why I like it:

When I put on a lotion I don’t want it to take all day to rub into my skin. I like how quickly it melts into my skin.

My hands don’t feel greasy or icky after putting it on.

I notice how my hands look not a few days later, but immediately after I put on the cream. To me, if it is a good cream the results should be right away, obvious; my hands should look clean, sheen, serene, right away. This happened after only a few seconds.

I am using Kakadu Plum which is rich in Vitamin C! I love that!

To me this makes the product a go-to-item for girls on the go, and girls who aspire to be models. :)

I like that you can buy individidual products or giftpacks of the lotion with a body wash to match. And the small 50 ml lotions are cool because they are small enough to bring on an airplane, great to throw in a handbag before a casting, or when I am running around. Check out more on Lilly Pilly here:

As a model that doesn't have the height, I make sure my other assets, my skin especially, are always eye-catching on camera,


P.s: Is there a certain beauty product you love using on the job? Email me your fav beauty products at

Monday, May 3, 2010

Casting day in the life: SMILE SMILE BIGGER

I can hear the girl ahead of me being asked to smile, smile bigger, smile more, you are having a great day, smile like you are loving the day, the casting director is shooting the girls and is putting in sometimes more energy than them.

Other girls waiting stare at the girl on set ahead of them, observing them to see what that girl is doing so that it's their turn they can do it better.

Like an infection, once one girl starts doing her makeup, looking at herself in the mirror on the wall, other girls start. The rattle of purses, the dabs of foundation, the smack of the lips, and the suction of mascara wand going in and out of the tube, the hairspray and clicking of all the heels, could make you gag.

I talk often about if you are an aspiring model and the assets you need. Here's one. Knowing how to smile naturally is important if you want to work as a model especially for commercial print, giving a natural real smile not forced and alive, with life in your eyes is something any aspiring model needs :)

When it's my turn I greet the casting director with a smile, and by then she has shot 36 other girls. I put my bag and coat down and prepare to smile. I do. She asks me to take off my hat. I hate it when I wear a certain cute newsboy hat on purpose to fit the look of the casting's vibe, and then I am asked to take it off and there isn't time to brush my hair properly. I looked like a raggamuffin, wtf! SMILE!

I smile again for her a bit bigger, she asked for one with no smile. I try not to smile, but I have been so focused on smiling that it is tough now to just not. She asks me to grab my bag, I do. She asks if I have a cell phone I do. I pretend I am talking to my best friends and smile and laugh, I can even hear myself laughing a little because when I "really laugh" my smile comes out more real. She says "ok, that's it ," and I leave.

I try not to dwell on castings, honestly it will kill you if you do. Just move on. Carry on, hustle on. Next!

Hans Silvester Natural Fashion: Tribal Decoration from Africa

I was intrigued with this article I recently read featuring the photography of Hans Silvester and his book "Natural Fashion: Tribal Decoration from Africa." I found it really awesome, impressive, of the fact that the tribes didn't have mirrors, the article reads:

"-the only way one can see oneself is through people's reactions. An image of oneself...can therefore only be constructed through the eyes of others."

I do think it would be interesting to live, and create fashions through natures textures, and put on handcrafted body paint, without mirrors, using someone's eyes as the mirror. Will check out the book.

I am trying not to look at the mirror as much, I do find that it is easy to non-stop look at yourself in the mirror, window reflection, I have even checked myself out in a parked car's side mirror. I dropped my mirror today actually. So glad it didn't bust and shatter everywhere!