Friday, November 30, 2007

Funk Up that Hair! Hair and Wigs for Modeling

Hair Wigs and weaves are also for white girls. Don't be narrow minded, you might be able to plump up your hair instead of shooting again your thin dry blond locks at your next shoot. Or change your look quickly from short hair to long! On The View today they mentioned unique weaves and hair wings, I have worn both at my shoots, for example see the photo enclosed! I loved how Joy Behar got in with the wig style and showed off her locks on The View today! She always has something sassy to say and she is my favorite and she looked very good. So girls, petite models, ladies, don't be afraid to use a weave or wig or extentions at your shoot. A few months ago, when I body doubled for a movie poster I had to use extentions, they clipped in and at the time I had short hair but within minutes I had long curly hair. The photo enclosed is from a shoot I did in San Francisco, by Christopher Jensen.

Why You can't Model?

Ask yourself why you can't model. After you tell someone you can't. Think about why?
Really it is only yourself. If you want to do something that is difficault, you have to accept it will be. You have know with a passion to over come the odds that you can.

If you want your modeling tearsheets and agents and work handed to you, then go back to bed and dream about being 5'10 or something. Besides having things handed to you makes life boring anyways, right. Chasing and trying is something that brings even other opportunities.

Being a petite model will be hard, every day you will face new goals and have to figure out how to chase them and get inside the door, get better photos, market yourself, and get ahead. But if you stay ambitious it will happen.

Don't tell me your can't model.

Thursday, November 29, 2007

Self Serving through modeling and publishing a book

I spoke last night with Marion Maneker from Harper Collins about marketing books and the publishing industry. The experience of speaking about my pursuits even reminded me of the effort I experienced and that self serving, having good marketing skills, is a major asset for publishing a book.

Wednesday, November 28, 2007

How to be A Petite Model, three tips

Stop thinking being petite is a negative. Yes, by pursuing the modeling industry you will be considered "too short," but only in the eyes of those who are short sighted. The biggest question I get is "How do I become a Model when I am so short?" My answer can be broken down into 3 tips.

1.Marketing Yourself: Getting a modeling agency should be your goal, but there is a lot you can do for yourself to make this process go faster. The first thing is marketing yourself in ways that make you appear very sellable. Sellable as in an agent will have to sell you, your smile, your look, etc to certain casting and jobs. If the agent doesn't think you are sellable then you won't be able to get an agent. Sometimes this can mean getting quality photos that enhance what you do have and hide or distract from what you don't (height). Your images are going to sell you so matter if you are five foot or five foot ten you need quality images. You should focus on what you have to offer the industry. Modeling isn't about only being confident in yourself it is also about knowing yourself. What do you have that will make an agent or brand, magazine, or product interested in having you represent it, or model for it? Whether it is your smile, your body, or your hair, your beautiful eyes, no matter your height there are features you have which can be sellable.

2.Getting quality photos: The next thing you need once you know what you have to offer the industry is photos. Don't just leave it up to the photographer to discover you. The Internet can make networking and connecting with photographers easier but be alarmed, because you only want to work with photographers who are just as ambitious as you. It is even better if these photographer's already work with magazines, and have gotten advertising, print, or commercial work through their photography. Working with photographers who are driven and take photography seriously will lead to quality images and also sometimes to work. ( for example: My first tear sheet didn't come from an agency it came from a photographer who worked with Woman's World Magazine.)

3.Take Control of your Goals: Just like a person starting their own business, modeling is a small business for you. So when you start pursuing modeling and having the interest remember that just doing a photo shoot or even getting one tear sheet in a magazine doesn't really make you a model. Being a model, especially when you are petite is about marketing and self promotion. A lot of models wait for the phone to ring and being active in your pursuits and goals is like launching a product. If you had a product you wanted to sell, would you just let it sit and wait? No, you pick up the phone, you could research and you could consider all the options for yourself. Alot of girls want to model and really it is as simple as getting involved with your goals. If you want to be in a magazine, why not research the editors and mail your photos, if you want to represent a product why not contact the product directly, the marketing department and research online the website and contact information and ask where the company finds their models and if you could submit to them and be one! It is about taking control of your modeling and your goals and making them happen for yourself.

Speaking about my book

I am speaking about my book at 6:30 today, and discussing writing it at the Apple store, publishing it and the process of marketing myself!

This is a free event for anyone who wants to learn more about marketing their books and themselves at the Bowery Poetry Club, hosted by Bookspoke,

Speakers: Isobella Jade and Marion Maneker
When: Wednesday, November 28, 2007, 6:30 PM
Where: Bowery Poetry Club
308 Bowery (@ Bleecker)
New York, NY 10003

Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Hair styling Modeling Tips and Advice

Modeling hair style tips and advice from Bill Schrlau

As a freelance model sometimes I have had to style my own hair at my photo shoots when there wasn't a hair stylist, and without knowing any unique tricks the results really did effect the shoot and it was bad! I wished I had a hair professional helping me but I didn't know where to turn. I have learned over the years that modeling isn't about one thing, it takes the whole package to create an amazing shot and hair is so very important. Bill Schrlau, an award winning hairstylist and professional,shares advice for petite models and models who need some tips at their shoots for making their hair have personality. I met and worked with Bill during a hair modeling job I did at Wella and it is nice to hear advice from someone whose forte is hairstyling and hair fashion trends.

Okay keep in mind I would always recomend that you use a professional, they can see your hair unlike you can on your own. However we all understand that their are moments when you need to do the work yourself. These are the looks I would recomend and you should be able to replicate on your own. Also if you are paying for a haircut, eventually, your hairstylist should be willing to spend the time to help you learn these looks. It only looks good for the hairstylist if you can recreate the
look on yourself.

1. Slicked backProduct & tools; comb, gel or light gel, water bottle -How to; A.Prep hair with water, B.apply product, C.comb through and smooth. Longer hair use ponytail fastener to hold back. Short hair comb toward center back, use bobby pins to fasten if needed. Keep in mind the angle of the photographer. The hair does not have to be perfect in the back if the back is not seen, stop wasting time making it perfect, LOL.

2. Ponytail
Product & tools; comb, gel, best product I have worked with for the wet pony is "Styling lotion, by Bumble & Bumble", "Does it all" hairspray by Bumble & Bumble, comb, cushion brush (maison Peirson $125- is the best quality, or you can get by with a denman $under $20-the quality is good, just not as good as M.P.), another product that will help with a smooth finish is, Bumble & Bumble "Defrizz". Use it at finish lightly though, to smooth any fly aways around the hairline, follow with hairspray. How to; A.Prep by brushing first. B. dirty the hair- with either hairspray (does it all) or styling lotion. Then make sure the hair is dry. On days that static is an issue use cooler air and keep the air flowing downward. C.In front of mirror comb into back center into a ponytail, keeping in mind that there are three definate positionings for a ponytail and each says something different about your look. High is more youthful and sometimes juveniela(sp). Medium crown- gives you a lift in the face but not as youthful or too young. Low- nape area-screams class. It is a bit more elegant so for those shoots that you need a classy look this is the way to go, keep it low. D.once in place- fasten with a fastener (keep it soft,so that it is not too tight on the hair, this can eventually cause breakage.)

3. Upwork Product & tools, brush, comb, hair fasteners, bobby pins, hairspray, defrizz. How to; Prep hair get it dirty (not too dirty, but with texture so that it is easier to fasten with bobby pins), then brush into ponytail. Then back comb the pony tail (tease it), then twist a few bobby pins into the teased hair and fasten along the edge of the ponytail. You will have hair sticking up all over the place,or you can smooth the teased hair before fastening with bobby pins,this will give a more put together look. This one is a much more difficult look but be simple and if you need to push and prod the hair then go ahead, make it work for you, rough it up a bit to get that once over slept in look.

I hope this helps.

The best part of this advice is to have them get help from their hairstylist. Set a price on it. If you pay $80 or more for a cut your hair stylist should be giving you this help without being asked- at least two different looks on each visit. If they are not it may be time to seek another hairstylist out.

Thank you,
Bill's services and eye has been used for national brands and is a nationa leader published in American Salon, Modern Salon, Salon Today Magazines.
He even offers his services to you and you can visit his website at

Monday, November 26, 2007

Plus Size models and Petite Models

Plus Size models are getting there way into the modeling business, it has been a hustle for them and since my mother is of a plus size I do understand their struggles. I am glad to see retail is going more plus size and even at H&M there is a plus size section. It is inspiring because it can also mean there are more opportunities for the petite models. I plan on contacting some retailers and asking, why don't you have more petite sizes, considering that the average girl in America is 5'3"?

There is a website called

and also there is if you want to check them out.

For the plus size model when you google Plus Size model there really isn't enough.

Petite Models are Great for Jewelry Modeling

I love modeling jewelry and as a petite model it is a great way to show your look for your shoots. I recently heard from a jewelry designer and she told me that she uses petite models for her advertising and then she sent me a message about a discount she was offering for petite models. How cool!
Enclosed is the link to her website and the code to get the discount!

"To support Isobella and to thank her for her support of Corazon Latino, I would like to offer you, her "readers" a special 10% off introductory discount on our entire range. Just visit our site, and take a look at the range. If you see something you like, just head to the checkout & when you register enter coupon code INTRO307 into the coupon code box for a 10% discount off your order. You can check out the prices in US & Can and others,(just click the flag & choose your currency). You can pay by all major credit cards safely & securely & we will ship worldwide within a week."

Enjoy! Catherine D'Arcy - Founder - Corazon Latino.

It is great to speak to designers who support the petite models and who aren't short sighted.

Saturday, November 24, 2007

Petite Model poses for Corazon Latino

Petite Models, start using what you do have to get places and work!

A quote from the founder of Corazon Latino about their lovely petite model Terry.

"The model in all our shots; Terry Bird, is Petite. Around 5ft tall and about a size 2I would guess. We chose Terry the first time because she had beautiful skin, curves in the right places & great bones which is exactly what you need to show off jewellery. Her skin tone was great for our "latino" feel & it set off the jewellery & showed people that brunettes could wear silver not just gold. We worked with her on the second range, because not only was she the perfect body for our jewellery she was also the perfect model. No drama, no tantrums. A true professional. She would hold a position for hours, she would really try and understand the jewellery & suggest shots that might work. She put in 12 hour days & she never complained no matter how much we asked of her. How many catwalk prima donnas could do that?" Catherine D'Arcy. Founder - Corazon Latino.

Thursday, November 22, 2007

How do I model?

Girls ask me all the time,
How do I get into modeling?
The first thing is to ask yourself:
if it is only for your ego or to get back at a boyfriend or to show off your body then you might as well not even try, because modeling takes a lot more than pleasing the ego. Basically I get judged for even my hands when I model, I get judged for everything besides my height, you have to have tough skin and know what YOU are best at for the industry, so then the question isn't HOW DO I MODEL, but it is HOW DO I TAKE THE ASSETS I HAVE AND GIVE THEM TO THE INDUSTRY.
THE Second thing, is skipping all the bullshit, all the scams and the chance for mistakes, the answer is to go right to the source, call up agencies, research quality photographers, stop by a photography department at a college, or even ask your local printing company if any photographers ever use the service and if they can refer you to someone, and really go beyond the Internet to get ahead. For example: ONLY Putting your photo on a modeling website might get you some ego rubs, but hits and clicks don't define modeling as much as a tearsheet in a magazine, or modeling for an ad campaign,- that is what modeling is. Also, You need positive people on your side, creative people in your life and those who are driven, You don't find that by sitting on your butt, you have to seriously sometimes basically physically knock on the door! Girls think modeling has to be a secret, tell your mom, your friends, tell the people in your life and instead of keeping your plans to yourself, really start pursuing agencies, no matter your height, if you have good energy and good photos you can model. It is more about your drive than anything. IT IS BEST TO Use everything, not just one source.- Try to get with an agency, try to use the Internet to research agencies and photographers in your hometown. Almost every city has agencies, even the small ones like my home town Syracuse,NY. To MODEL, and seriously get work which makes you A MODEL, you need to make modeling your craft, not just your title, you need it to be a business, an interest, that you study and start taking ahold of your own goals.

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Petite Modeling on a Dime

So Maybe you are broke, and you don't have a ton of funds. This is normal for models but if you want photos and the photographer normally asks for an arm and leg, why not tell the photographer up front " I only have $300 dollars what can you give me for that?"

Most photographers are hustlers, dreamers and creative souls like us models, so they will give you at least something for the money you DO have

Monday, November 19, 2007

The Shortest of them All

Just because none of the girls on America's Next Top model are under 5'9" doesn't mean there is not any modeling for you.

Whether your height, weight, or look there is modeling for you keep you keep your focus and look beyond fashion.

Fashion will always be a challange, for some understandable reason, even though the average girl in America is not 5'9" clothing is made to fit girls of this length, height. I put on my highest heels and still the jeans drag on the ground. Makes one petite model want to start a clothing line, it is sort of embarressing walking into a store and asking for size SHORT!

In fashion it does come down to slim is better. The taller you are the more the eye thinks of skinny and slim.

If you think of a girl 5'2 and then a girl 5'9- which in your mind is slimmer?

Same sort of mindset goes towards the fashion world, so stick to commercial print and even if you are the shortest of them all walking into the modeling agency, casting, photo shoot, keep trying!

Sunday, November 18, 2007

Comp card choices

Deciding what shots to use on your compcard is a battle sometimes.

Here are some tips:

1. a nice strong headshot, straight on to the camera, no tilting of head, just eyes staight on, for ideas: Look at the eyes of the person on the magazine covers

2. Body shots. It could be you in jeans, in a fitness outfit, in a bikini, or in a body parts pose. For example ideas: See the beauty section in magazines, or the product boxes for hand creams and body creams, or for another style look at a fitness magazine for ideas. It could be in action or you stretching.

3.Smiling. If you have personality and spunk and a great smile you want to show it.
This can be a seller, and almost for every commercial and print ad a smile is needed. Stop fussing over your teeth, photo shop can dix anything, just focus on getting a shot that shows your smile.

4. Action shot. It is good to have an action shot on your card, or a shot of you with a product. Even a shot of you getting out of a car, or taxi You putting on your shoes, or makeup, petting a dog, talking to another model in the shot to look like a lifestyle ad or editorial. For examples: Pick up a Cosmo magazine, or notice the ad campaigns for products like:
Banana Republic.

Something similar to these 4 shots should give you a great comp card!

Friday, November 16, 2007

Petite Modeling Awareness, No Experienced Needed?

When a casting or posting on an internet modeling site says No Experience Needed, it makes me feel like the posting is a major scam. I would be VERY careful when using the Internet to seek out modeling jobs. MOST are not professional. And to get anywhere in modeling you need to focuson professionalism.

I think you are better off pitching yourself as a model to jobs where experience IS Needed, even if you don't have any. That way at least you know you are working with people who are experienced and professional and maybe you can learn a thing or two!

Beware of agencies and postings that say NO EXPERIENCE NEEDED, ANY HEIGHT WELCOME.Usually for the modeling business an agency that is legit will not advertising on such sites anyways, even as a short model, being petite usually is seen as a negative so if an agency doesn't care about the height, it makes me feel weary about them from the get-go.

If the agency is just open to models of all heights, then make sure it doesn't cost you an arm or a leg to work with them.

Also it is ok to freelance, you don't have to SIGN with an agency, just freelance and you will get work from more than one agency.

If you want to find an agency stick to Google. And try plugging in
Commercial Print Modeling agencies + NYC

Or Talent Agencys, as a petite model, we will have a harder time getting into the fashion agencies, but there is a lot of work out there for us!

Putting your best High Heel on!

For some great high heels, for your photo shotos and any day on the go,try Nina shoes!

I will be discussing my favorites this coming week!

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Models and self promotion and research

Are you using the Internet to your advantage?

The Internet isn't only for hits and clicks, it is for doing some research.

If you want to model, sometimes you have to make it happen for yourself, it might sound like a lot of work, you might wonder" is it worth it for me to become my own agent and really start taking ahold of my goals?"...well I think it is possible and really what YOU SHOULD BE DOING, and that means really doing work. Legit, real modeling opportunities won't just happen by just being a called a model and the jobs, agency's, agents, print ads, and magazine work and commercials don't just come either. No thats not really how it happens. Usually for petite models, we have to work harder. To get in the door we have to put in a lot more hands on work.

Start researching agencies, magazines, products and photographers that you admire.

Ever see an ad for something and think to your self " Why can't that be me?"

Well for starters you need a photo that says you can.

I don't use modeling websites to "feel" like a model because I want to work as one.

Working as one is different than "feeling" like one.

You should be using the Internet as a research tool, but not relying on it to make a model.

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Modeling Power and Photos

The eyes are the key to the soul and the image.
Eyes sell the product and the story and you.
When you shoot focus on your eyes, it might sound weird, but focus on the natural feeling of your face relaxing and your eyes pinning the camera.

It is internal and you will feel when you GOT THE SHOT, inside you can feel it.
It is a feeling of strength and glamour and as if a spot light it on you and you have something to say but without words and only in your eyes.

For a headshot, for an editorial, for an ad campaign shot, the eyes sell.

Turn away from the camera for a moment, cock your head, and flip the hair for a moment, maybe look down until you almost forget your are shooting, and look all around the studio, room, etc, to relax and then go back to the camera and BAM! Hit it with those eyes.

Monday, November 12, 2007

Petite Modeling is up to You

At the end of the day it is all you.
You are the one that keeps your goals running.
You are the one that keeps the energy flowing.
If you stayed in bed, or didn't try what would be your
last effect? Effort?

At the end of the day we are all promoting us and trying to get by.
We are hustling, and trying to slip into a new door, the door, or the same old door of acceptance.

waking up for the chance.

Friday, November 9, 2007

Writing a Letter to a Photographer you Want to Work With


I really love the black and white photography on your website. I am very interested in working with photographers who have personality found within their work. I love bringing my energy and my ideas to a shoot and I would love to share some of my ideas with you.

Enclosed are some images but I would really love to make more a statement with my images and I am curious if you ever test?


Writing an email to a photographer that maybe has an established resume,portfolio and website and experience, is a good idea. I think models get too wrapped up in the whole. I am a model, and I am told what to do. That they forget to be more involved with their shoots and bring something more than their bag of tricks and outfits. I think models should really KNOW what they want, have goals, and a plan, and each time you meet a photographer it isn't just about how can YOU help the photographer but how can the Photographer HELP YOU?

Petite modeling products for Less

Getting beauty products and hair products are a given when you are starting to model.
It is great if there is a makeup artist, but it is also great if you can take care of your own makeup and hair and still get a great shot.

I recently had one of the best shoots of my life and there wasn't a makeup artist.
I paid attention to my skin which is the most important part of modeling.

If a model has good skin it also means less money and time for re-touching.
Sometimes you have to think from the client perspective.
If you have bad skin, you might not get the job because the client will have to spend more money touching you up for longer.

Every job these days is touched up a little but taking care of your skin makes you stand out as a model and despite your lack of height your skin will be notice!

My favorite face cream is found at Bath and Body Works actually, it is pretty cheap too for the small bottles.
It is called: aquatanica Spa. I think the last time I was in there it was 4 for ten bucks or something crazy and wonderful! Here are some other new products to try:

These are some makeup brands to consider:

For hand creams a new product to try:

For footcreams, I like:
heel to toe

And for filing your nails try:

There are ways to have it all for less!

Petite Ethnic Models: Great Products

Here are some great products at a great price for ethnic models. These are good products to try and use before and during a shoot.

This is a relaxer that is full of moisture and cocoa butter.

Miss Jessie's
For hair of any length, long or short, it helps give recovery to brittle hair.

Fantasia Industries Corp.
This is a hair polisher, and it mends broken ends.

Creme of Nature
Organic and oils and moistures the hair

All of these products all MAY need models!
Why not check them out?

Good luck!

Wednesday, November 7, 2007

Petite Models Can you believe she is Only 5'1"?

Bend a leg, stretch your torso, and arch your back to create a taller look.

Petite Modeling Poses for your LEGS

Create spaces between your limbs, legs, and arms, -like this shot, to make your legs look longer and your whole body look leaner.

Petite Modeling and Posing your LEGS to Look Longer

Here are some photos and ideas to pose to make your legs look longer.

While standing put one leg infront of the other, creating some length in your legs.

Tuesday, November 6, 2007

Petite Modeling Research

If you are sent on a casting from your agency, always ASK Questions.

Ask what it is for before you show up clueless - Is it a print ad, commercial, ad campaign,etc.

If this is hard to get out of the agent or random casting director them be a little concerned. If an agent or casting director is sending you to a casting THEY should know these details.

Also ask, how much it pays, and what it involves.

It is best to get this up front so you wont end up confused, or uncomfortable at the casting and also so you know how much the job is paying ahead of time,in case you book it.

These days my agencies give me castings sometimes over email which is nice because it is all laid out, Name of the place, product, brand, casting, Time, place, rate, etc. Also it is good to keep it on file, eitehr written or email your self the information so you have it handy.

Monday, November 5, 2007

Modeling Scams over the Phone

I recently received a call and the other end said " Are you interested in modeling or acting?"

I found this very funny because all I have been doing the past 6 years is that!
Maybe I applied to their fake casting on Craigslist by mistake. Maybe they should have looked at my website and they would have seen all of my credits and photos and knew off the bat that clearly YES I am modeling and I have an acting reel and resume!

This was a clear sign that it was a scam or some set up where details don't matter.

It is easy to fall for a scam, when you are so anxious and ambitious to get ahead.

One question models fail to ask when they have an interview, or phone conversation or sign up with an agency, or modeling website is:

Why do you think I would be a great model?

Not asking to get approval but to test whether this agent, agency, website on the other end of the phone actually has seen your photo and isn't full of shit.

Friday, November 2, 2007

Petite Models and Products You can Model

Next time you flip through a magazine don't just notice the girls and the clothing and the makeup,ect.

But notice who is taking the photos. Get the photographer name written down in your agenda book, and start researching photographers who shoot for a purpose and maybe it could mean you will end up in the magazine too.

Seriously start to take action towards your modeling career.

Just getting an agent and putting your photo on a website wont be the end all.

You need to know your industry, and take hold of your goals, and instead of wondering when the job will come to you, start seeking out your jobs.

If you love a certain pair of jeans, or handbag, or know of an aspiring company, brands, or store opening in your town. Why not ask if they ever need a model?

It might sound unconventional and new, and it is. It is called self marketing.

Try it.

Thursday, November 1, 2007

Petite models take a Chance for Themselves

Unlike a girl of 5'10, a petite model is 5'1" or shorer- 5'6" and getting representation is a struggle. In all honesty breaking down the door and getting with an agency sometimes means adjusting your interests and goals. And being realistic with yourself.

If you go to an open call at a modeling agency and you get turned down, don't be mislead to think your chances are over or give up.

Start understanding what an agent is. A booker. Someone who has the connections and clients and who is marketing themselves too - Agencys are marketing themselves as a place to find the best of quality of models, and from their perspective they don't want to miss out a chance on getting a model booked because of her lack height when the client asked for a girl of 5'8 why is the agent going to send you? A girl of 5'1 or 5'4?

Sometimes you have to give the agency a reason to work with you, of course this means your photos need to be strong and you need to sell your personality and your availability and your energy as well. You might be 6 inches shorter than the models they usually work with but...

Are your pictures flattering and all have a commercial or editorial look?
Are you showing diversity in your images?
Do you have a nice clean headshot?
Do you have a nice lifestyle and body shot too?
Did you mention your on time and easy to work with?
Did you mention What you like about modeling and some jobs that might be perfect fit for you?

" I would be great for any casting you have that has to do with makeup or beauty because I have great eyes and even skin tone." Even if the agent is in front of you and can see this for his or her self, it is good to say it to bring out your positives right away, and let the height an issue to forget!

Goodluck & Cheers!