Monday, August 27, 2018

The Running Rebel & Mad Dog Podcast

I'm now launching a podcast series inspired by my essay in The New York Times on my father's death in a propane explosion and fire at his home.  The items I found at his car all hold memories and make me think a lot about life, his life, my life. Here will you find more on each episode of the series based on a different item from the car and other artifacts from his life.  Thanks for checking it out ~Isobella

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Thursday, October 22, 2015

Naming characters is so fun, my muses! ISO, Razz, Zell!

FashionFriday early because I can't even handle Throwback Thursday! Life is a whirlwind smile emoticon Here are my muses! ISO, Razz, Zell! One's a blonde with a sweet nature, care-free, but has a savvy take-no-shit vibe in a leather jacket and does a lot of beauty campaigns--the beauty girl, one's a brunette with bangs, and a coy expression, who means well until you mess with her, she's risen up and is now booking luxury retail campaigns like Dolce & Gabbana. One has dark short hair, a total badass, and....can be a big bitch, eyes with a story, for the camera and in life--here face is known all over the world, she's done it all, aging a bit but she is dancing on a table somewhere tonight!

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

The Model Life seies launches a Special Edition of episodes 1 & 2

This Model Life digital series Special Edition brings together episodes 1 and 2! Available soon on Amazon,, ibookstore, everywhere! Catch the graphic novel series as a duo!
Stay Tuned! Be on the look out for Model Life Takes Fashion Week and Model Life Takes Shanghai together as a set!
Model Life Takes Fashion Week and Model Life Takes Shanghai and the comp cards of the models are included in this special edition too!

P.s: Number episode #3 is in the works!!

Zell's owl in the Model Life series has a name!

Zell's Owl has a name! HIS name is Aspen! Thank you Noelle for your suggestion of Aspen! Will be in touch soon about your prize! More exciting news on the Model Life digital graphic novel series coming soon! Check out the series on Amazon and the ComicsPlus app which has lots of cool graphic novels and comics on it!

Sunday, October 4, 2015

The Compcards of the Models of the Model Life series!

(Model Life series episode 1 and 2, Model Life Takes Fashion Week and Model Life Takes Shanghai)
Zell, makes her debut in Model Life Takes Shanghai, she's a free spirit, and loves animals, but she still loves her bacon! She loves the beach and concerts too.
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Razz you meet in Model Life Takes Fashion Week, and see her more in detail in Model Life Takes Shanghai! Go Razz! Go Razz , she's a risk-taker, the fashion model you call when you need a crazy shot! Like hanging out of a helicopter!
ISO, a shorter than average model, with a coy expression but tough-shell. She's ready to rock the fashion world, don't even try to stop her. A runway fall won't damper her spirit! Her story starts in Model Life Takes Fashion Week and her mission to get revenge on Razz continues in Model Life Takes Shanghai. 
The Model Life series is on Amazon for the Kindle and on the ComicsPlus app!
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Monday, September 28, 2015

Zell, a rising fashion model in Shanghai, was at a photo-shoot and then...

Zell, a rising fashion model in Shanghai, was just posing with a butterfly at the tip of her finger during a magazine shoot when she gets a text from her good friend, fashion model ISO based in NYC, letting her know that world-renowned fashion model Razz, has landed in Shanghai. This isn't a model soirée--it's a story about revenge, friendship, love and loyalty. The story goes from NYC to Shanghai...and...more cities to come! Model Life Takes Shanghai follows Model Life Takes Fashion Week, learn more about Zell, Razz and ISO on the ComicsPlus app for Apple and Android or for the Kindle and Kindle app (on Amazon here). On sale now! The series continues!! Check out the work of the series illustrator Jazmin Ruotolo​

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Friday, September 18, 2015

The Graphic Novel World could use more Fashion and Models

In Model Life Takes Shanghai, I love Zell's slouchy, confident, sexy style, she's effortlessly stylish. A little shoulder action but she does it in a way that is so chill, carefree, whatever

Razz is louder, her coats are faux fur lined, the backs of her dresses tip low, she wants to be seen, treasure the days of youth, she is feeling kind of old among the younger rising models who want her fame.

Find the on-going digital graphic novel series Model Life on the ComicsPlus app and Amazon


Monday, September 14, 2015

Model Life Takes Shanghai promo, win a print and free download

One more week to give Zell's owl a name! What should his or her name be? Email me at with Owl in the subject and your name suggestion. Win a signed print of the cover of Model Life Takes Shanghai and a free download of any episode from the Model Life series. Or leave your name suggestion in comments here. Submit until Sept 20th!


Thursday, September 10, 2015

Model Life Takes Shanghai, have you ever posed with a model you didn't like?

At photo-shoots you don't always love being next to the model you are posing with so you gotta fake it for the shot, like Zell does with Razz in Model Life Takes Shanghai.

(The Model Life series, Model Life Takes Fashion Week episode 1 and Model Life Takes Shanghai episode 2 are available on the Kindle and the ComicsPlus app)


Model Life Takes Fashion Week ends with that red pen

Model Life Takes Fashion Week, episode 1 of the Model Life digital series, has drama off the catwalk and a runway fall too. See that red pen ISO is holding on the last page of Model Life Takes Fashion Week? It shows up in episode 2, Model Life Takes Shanghai when she texts ISO about their "plan" with the pen juice.


The Model Life series is a perfect pocket accessory during Fashion Week, whether you are giraffe tall or watching the shows streaming Live.
Available for the Kindle and on the ComicsPlus app

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Model Life Takes Shanghai, give Zell's owl a name

Fashion Model Zell has a pet owl in Model Life Takes Shanghai...and it needs a name. Leave your name idea here in comments or email me at  Or reach out through a message on Facebook.

If your name gets chosen it will be revealed in the next episode. (I will let you know ahead of time if your name idea was chosen and you win a signed print of Model Life Takes Shanghai cover + free download of episode and the episode Model Life Takes Fashion Week)...the poor owl might get named "Zingy" so please help him,or maybe it's a her, out!

Model Life Takes Shanghai is available on the ComicsPlus app and on the Kindle, (and Kindle app) more coming soon!

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!