Saturday, August 29, 2015

Model Life Takes Shanghai Photo Contest starts today!

I’m holding a Model Life Takes Shanghai Photo Contest! Starts TODAY ends 9/2!

The fashion illustration by Jazmin Ruotolo in the Model Life series is such a fun, beautiful twist for the graphic novel world. In Model Life Takes Shanghai, I love how Zell's style is so chill and relaxed, cute but also has an edge. I love her signature black jacket, tall boots, and her slouchy tops that reveal some shoulder!

So, with signature fashion pieces in mind, I'm holding a fashion and accessories photo-contest!

Tag me on Instagram, Twitter or Facebook, a photo of your favorite clothing ensemble or accessory + share how/why it defines your style or holds a special meaning to you.

Three winners will receive signed prints of the cover of Model Life Takes Shanghai + a free downloads to Model Life Takes Shanghai from the ComicsPlus app (AND free downloads of the first episode Model Life Takes Fashion week if you don't have it). 

The top winner also receives a copy of the book Shanghai Posters: The Power of Advertising, which shares models in vintage Shanghai advertisements, which I picked up at the MET after going to the China Look the Looking Glass exhibit.

Your photo could be anything you love to wear, a pair of earrings, your favorite jacket, your favorite go-to heels, your grandmothers dainty watch, a bracelet you always wear. Tag me, and share a story about why it's a signature or special piece in your closet, memory and everyday life. You can submit more than once.

This Vivienne Tam jacket is one of my favorite items in my closet, not only because it's been fun to dress up or down from day to night (it's seen plenty of late nights and has a stain to prove it, it also had longer sleeves but some gum or gunk was attached to sleeve and had to shorten it) but mostly it will stay in my closet for years because it reminds me of my determination to strive. I bought it when I was struggling as a model and really shouldn't have spent the money on something new. But the beauty and delicate features of this jacket made me feel pretty, classy, professional and ready!


Friday, August 28, 2015

Model Life Takes Shanghai, episode #2 of the Model Life graphic novel digital series SOON!

Model Life Takes Shanghai will be here soon!!

September 2nd!!

Download the ComicsPlus app and follow the Model Life story on your digital device!

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Model Life Takes Shanghai shares a moment in time with Shanghai based fashion model Zell, and Razz, who just arrived in town from New York City. Their story reveals the darkness that occurs when perfection and beauty encounter revenge and betrayal.
Fashion illustration meets the graphic novel world in an eye-catching and dramatic style by Jazmin Ruotolo.

The fashion illustration is a fun twist to bring to the graphic novel world and my hope is this series will also bring more female readers, or those who have never read graphic novels, to the graphic novel side of storytelling and enjoy the reading experience, and want more.

You've met Razz and ISO before in episode 1- Model Life Takes Fashion Week, and they are carried through into this second episode, and it's all about revenge and friendship.

The story also involves photographic Shanghai --- The Bund, to the Oriental Pearl Tower, Yu Garden, Nanjing Road and more, from real photographs of my trip to Shanghai a few years ago.

Here are some sketch-to-page illustrations from Model Life Takes Shanghai and also photos from my trip.


Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Introducing Model Life Takes Shanghai episode 2 of Model Life graphic novel series

Episode 2 of the Model Life on-going mobile series takes place in Shanghai! Zell is a rising fashion model and her face is all over Shanghai. Finding success is her only priority until NYC's longest running-muse, Razz, arrives in town. Between photo shoots Zell is on a mission to assist one of her best model-friends, ISO, seek revenge on Razz because ISO believes Razz killed her favorite NYC-based photographer before moving to Shanghai. Only Zell's promise to ISO is shaken when the mission proves that choosing to be true to your word can mean the betrayal of a new friend. Fashion illustration meets the graphic novel world with Jazmin Ruotolo’s expressive and dramatic style and Isobella Jade brings years of experience in the modeling industry to the page with some added chaos and weapons.
AVAILABLE at the end of August on the COMICS PLUS app!
Check out episode 1, Model Life Takes Fashion Week, to catch up with ISO and her beginnings with Razz.  The "pen" used in Model Life Takes Shanghai is a tool ISO first created in Model Life Takes Fashion Week.


Monday, September 15, 2014

BOOK SALE WEEK! Any 2 books for $15 includes shipping

Starting tonight!

I'm entering my third trimester and making room for baby #2!!

Almost 5'4"
Short Stuff and my YA novel Careful
book sale!

Almost 5'4" is about my true-life modeling experiences in NYC as a shorter than average model, from the grit to the glam, Short Stuff follows Almost 5'4" with short stories from on the job with national brands and magazines as a parts model, and Careful is the first book of my YA series Careful, Quiet, Invisible.

Any 2 books for $15 includes shipping too! ( if you put your name in the notes I will sign the books to you.)




Please email me at or include in your payment notes your email so I can confirm the books you want and let you know when shipped (usually 1-3 days).

I will email you to confirm the books you'd like.

SALE ENDS 9pm EST on 9/22/14

To read free excerpts of my books you can find them on my website and on Amazon or


Monday, September 1, 2014

If you don't try you will never know

Being short isn't the issue, that's not enough to be held back, it's all about finding ways to use what you do have and make it any pursuit...modeling or any career path you pursue.


Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Moms don't give up your beauty routine

A fellow Mom asked me today in our awesome music class, "How do you always look so put together with blush and all?" I told her, while Phoenix plays in the morning I run around back and forth getting dressed in about 10 minutes, because we don't leave until I'm ready for the day... And we gotta get out of the apartment and get busy! I believe you can still keep your mascara and be a Mom, I'm not giving up stuff like cute jeans, my jewelry, my long hair, my beauty routine, it just means learning to be quicker about it and sticking to the basics that work. Good foundation or powder, GOOD liner and Mascara, a stay-on lip gloss, and if there is time, a dash of blush. I usually put on earrings in the elevator if Phoenix is in a good mood I do my makeup once a day, maybe touch up if I'm awake enough to go out for dinner or meet the girls. Another thing, you gotta pick and choose, to have your face means you might not get to brush your hair, to have great hair means you might leave the house without earrings or eyelashes curled.

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Remembering China in prep for new graphic novel vingette

Been having fun looking through pics from our visit to China in 2011 before Phoenix was born, preparing and getting inspired for Model Life Takes Shanghai! Pics to come!

Monday, January 6, 2014

You're too short to get support

So the Model Alliance has been getting great buzz and I like what they are after, but their service doesn't help the shorter models out there or the print models of any size. Maybe in the future? A model is not just a tall giraffe fashion model, in fact the biggest area of the modeling industry is PRINT! Not FASHION. FASHION makes up a very small percent of the models we see daily in print ads. From babies to grandma models, the support the Model Alliance should offer should be for all. Not just with a narrow eye for the tall-chicks-only. Why ONLY fashion models can join? Why not commercial print models working w print agency in NYC too? @ModelAllianceNY This article in The New York Times caught my eye on The Model Alliances Services, but it made me roll my eyes when I went to the website and had to be a fashion model with a fashion agency to join? I like their efforts for trying for the tall chicks, cool, that's nice...but that isn't the WHOLE spectrum of the industry and I hope to see their doors open for working models of all types in the near future. IJ

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Modeling being more than a pretty face

It's extremely important to be more than a pretty face even in this world obsessed with beauty, youth and perfection. Sure, models get told what to do a lot, you're sort of a rag doll in this industry, it's all about the client and the look for the campaign, editorial, project, but I think being easy to work with is key, communicating well with the photographer, going with the flow—and that's all a personality thing. I've been at shoots where the atmosphere was stressed and I could tell my presence and upbeat persona was what kept the energy at the shoot going. A model's job isn't just to hold a pose while wearing beautiful clothes and flaunting gorgeous makeup, it's to use her own creative energy, perceptive mind and skills of expression to help create the story around the product. Without personality you have a pretty model without life in her eyes, which isn't really pretty at all.

Check out my new graphic novel series Model Life Takes Fashion Week on the Comics Plus app.
Download the app and search for Gamine Press and find the series.
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The series involves how beauty can be deceiving and how unglamorous the modeling world can actually be, while revealing a moment-in-time with models, fashion editors, modeling agents, and photographers from around the globe and each of their missions to survive in the industry or get rid of the evil.
It's sort of Kill Bill Meets the Modeling World.

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

New Digital graphic novel series launch! Model Life Takes Fashion Week!

It's Here! Download the Comic Plus app and checkout the new graphic novel Model Life Takes Fashion Week. A great pocket fashion accessory! 

Available for Android and iOS:

After downloading the app search Gamine Press under Publishers to find the series and check out the other awesome graphic novels too.

And be sure to friend and follow the work the fab illustrator: Jazmin 'Jaz Kitty' Ruotolo

With a Kill Bill meets the Fashion World vibe, the Model Life on-going series shares a moment in time with fashion’s elite all around the globe and reveals the glamour and darkness that occurs when perfection and beauty encounter revenge, tragedy and betrayal. Fashion illustration meets the graphic novel world with Jazmin Ruotolo’s expressive and dramatic style and author-model Isobella Jade brings years of experience in the modeling industry to the page with some added chaos and weapons.



It's New York Fashion Week and fashion model ISO's debut. She has risen from the ditches and darkness of the industry to become the "little Heron." It's her model moment, despite her recent involvement in the mega court case against a malicious magazine editor.
All promises to be glamorous until her tragic runway fall that tumbles into a streak of painful surprises. ISO walks the catwalk by day and by night goes undercover in disguise, led by the cries of the model newbies who ISO feels obligated to protect. Just when she’s found that feeling of empowerment again, pain strikes and she’s on a mission to find out who killed her best friend.
View preview pages here: