Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Model Life buzz on Publishers Weekly

My up-coming graphic novel called Model Life has got some buzz in Publishers Weekly. Check it out here.


Model Life was inspired after I wrote my memoir Almost 5'4". Model Life is an illustrated expose of my modeling adventures of being a shorter-than-average model. It is due this fall.
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Monday, June 29, 2009

Getting No's comes with the pursuit

You don't even want to know how many times I hear No's. Even daily, just got another one. ha. But No's come with the pursuit of making yourself, trying to be or do something. Getting a no means you are trying, so take another swig of coffee and keepin the hustle alive hunny. <----this is what I tell myself daily.

Sure I've made mistakes in modeling

"Sure I've made mistakes, but when u want something bad enough you pick yourself up, and keep fighting on for ur chance." Isobella Jade

Saturday, June 27, 2009

Is age an issue with modeling?

A girl recently asked me if age was an issue for modeling? These were some of my thoughts on modeling and age and I think it might inspire you:

Age is not an issue because actually most commercial products, -watch commercials, flip through a Marie Claire, Glamour, Redbook, Self, Allure, most of the products in the magazine are for a woman 27-40.

So the more you think of modeling as advertising the more you will see models are ALL ages. Even Grandmothers model!

A major part of finding success as a model is making your own marketing material, making your own compcard, managing your shoots, being the art director and knowing what you need photographically to get the photos that WILL help you. I would keep mailing your compards out. Like an actor that mails their headshot and a handbag designer that mails their line sheet to buyers, you, as the model have to be aggressive with mailing! It is the only way.

Remember for your own modeling pursuits: Beauty,skincare, hair-care, accessories, modeling lifestyle products should be your goal. Modeling has no age, because wherever there is a need to advertise a product, there is a need for a model. Ironically fashion is spoke about A LOT more, but it is print modeling that actually is where most models work. 90% of modeling is print and yet no one talks about it.
Someone has to model that Advil, wrinkle cream, insurance, hair dye, and they are woman of ALL ages.

And to target yourself as a print model, with the right photos, to the right agencies it does take a perceptive eye and a marketing mindset! :)

Mail your compcard to commercial print modeling agencies. A few to consider are: Flaunt Models, FFT, R&L Models, Images, Rick Miller Agency, CESD, and Parts Models for hands, feet, eyes, body part modeling.

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Short models are not in style for cycle 14 ANTM

In my breakdowns I noticed cycle 14 to America's Next Top Model is casting, but the short chicks are not welcome this time. However, do not think that this means you can not model if you are shorter, shorter girls can model but they do have to market themselves well and be ambitious in marketable ways.

If you are 5'7" or taller and want to be on the show you can apply here ( yet I did not see an open call in NYC area, I will not be applying, also be aware: you can not have experience as a model to do the show):

However these reality shows leave many girls are left discouraged and they give up after they get kicked off the show, when really they could find opportunity, but are aware of it or just simply do not know how.

Friday, June 26, 2009

being scammed from a modeling agency

A girl told me today about being scammed from an agency this week. They took her money, charged her too much and she is feeling scammed. It seems on every corner there is a new scam, new wanna be, new scary person trying to jerk over models! To skip the scams you have to not be desperate and also take your time, don't rush, or panic, or think everything has to happen right now...it is good to be ambitious but don't get yourself in a mess. There are too many people out there ready to mess with anyone. So keep your head up. The higher you aim, the more realistic you are, the harder you work, the more you want something the more careful you have to be too sometimes.

Don't ever pay the agency for photos. This is a scam. Many times you can find better photography rates on your own, however you do have to be selective and careful. No matter what- modeling involves being smart about creating your markting material and you can make your own compcards cheaper than an agency can say they will make it for you usually. Don't fall for a scam. Manage you! Be apart of ur dream and the work.

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Dear Tyra from Petite Model Isobella Jade

In celebration of my modeling memoir Almost 5'4" hitting the bookstores in the NYC area now!! I wanted to share my Dear Tyra with you since the book is timely for cycle 13 of America’s Next Top Model:

Dear Tyra,
As the shortest working model in New York City I wanted to share some tips that might help your itty bitty hopefuls.

My first tip is to not judge how the girl walk. Don't kick a short girl off for how she walks. Pretty please. Only a small percent of models rock the runway and shorter girls really should focus on the areas of the modeling industry they can really get ahead, such as in print modeling, parts modeling, or modeling lifestyle products in commercials.

Knowing their facial expressions well can be a benefit, since a shorter girl can find opportunities modeling skincare, hair-care, and for beauty products.

Using their personality and creating a nice headshot or close up should be a goal of the models.

After you kick them off, the girls might leave the show feeling like "now what?" So I suggest that the girls create their own compcard after the show, strive to work with the photos they got from the show, (they get to keep those photos right?) and put together a nice submission package that can help them get in the door at an agency after the show.

Also there are way more print modeling agencies out there than fashion, so don't give up!

Many shorter models give up after a few submissions to agencies without a call back, but trying once is not enough to be a model. It took me years to work with the agencies I work with now and get great modeling jobs. These days modeling is not about someone discovering you, or thinking you can do it, it is about you discovering your self, and focusing on what you do have, and what you can offer the modeling business. The modeling business is really the advertising business for a shorter girl and she should learn how to model products, show she can actually model, and remember that ambition out weighs height and inches.

Isobella Jade

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Isobella measures her legs in this video

Isobella measures her legs in this video,and by the way she wears a 33 inch inseam for jeans. Usually pairing jeans with some hot heels! :

Isobella Jade reading of Almost 5'4' at 6pm

With the excitement of my original modeling memoir Almost 5’4” (which is about my experiences as a shorter-than-average model) being now available in bookstores in NYC!, I am doing a reading of my favorite chapter today at 6pm and I hope you can tune in. Or listen to the archive :) Click the awesome image below to listen.

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Modeling is not just fun

Modeling is not just fun and pretty time. Modeling is work. And for a shorter girl it can involve work that the fashion world doesn't even know about. Such as making a compcard, mailing it, art directing your shoots, buying a portfolio, making a new compcard, trying again, and thinking of unconventional ways to knock down the door of standards. Pretty to me does not stand alone next to a model, it stands next to the word work.

Monday, June 22, 2009

Isobella shares Almost 5'4" in a video here

If you ever have been told you were too short to model, my memoir is for you, here is a video on it I just made:

Almost 5'4" is not too short to model

Isobella shares how height and inches are not everything in modeling:

Models Playing with Goliath

I was getting coffee today telling the sweet barista on 19th Street how a shorter girl could get ahead. How can a model that is shorter keep up with the tall chicks, or at least play in the modeling world?

Here are some thoughts that I shared with her, that might intrigue you:

1.Knowing how to market your self is major when it comes to getting modeling work. And thinking about how you are targeting yourself, introducing yourself, positioning yourself when you present your photos to an agency through mail or in person.

2.Sometimes knowing how to market your self involves literally looking in the mirror and asking yourself “What can I realistically model?” The barista has nice curly hair so I told her she could focus on hair ads, product shots of hair dryers, curlers, texture products. It is good to work from an example, so I would research in magazines and look, observe, and learn what an ad looks like, and start to conceptualize how your photos can look that will tell an agency “this girl would be good for a product ad.” Sometimes you have to create the shot, make it look like an ad, make it look like you can in deed model before an agent calls you back.

3.Not giving up is the biggest thing. Have you mailed your photos to a print modeling agency? Did you give up after one try? Not giving up is a huge part of finding opportunities and success in any thing in life that you might pursue and especially in modeling. So just because you didn’t get a call back from the agency doesn’t mean you can’t try again. Go ahead, submit those photos again, update your headshot, make a new compcard, get some stamps and keep hustling!

Sunday, June 21, 2009

Almost 5'4" is available in Bookstores

How many bookstores can Isobella Jade hit up in one day? 5!! You can find autographed copies of Almost 5'4" in the Greenwich Village store, Fifth Ave (near 45th), East 54th Street (Citigroup center store), Lincoln Triangle at 1972 Broadway, and another one at the Tribeca store, in the briography section. I am trying to sign as many in-store copies as I can.

Almost 5'4" is now available in bookstores, or just click the cover to read online shopping details.

Saturday, June 20, 2009

Model Isobella Jade book release reading

Isobella reads from her original modeling memoir Almost 5'4", which is now available at bookstores, for more information stop by her website: www.isobelladreams.com or click the cover above.

6/24/09 at 6pm live at www.blogtalkradio.com/isobellajade

Friday, June 19, 2009

working with a better photographer tips-email reply

A girl recently asked me: "How can you best get great photographers to agree to shoot you for free?"

Here are my thoughts:
Getting something free can actually be a bad thing. Sometimes you do get what you pay for. Shooting with a professional photographer is best. To get good photography you need to work with good photographers. Plain and simple.

When I was trying to get the attention of a"better" photographer ( and it is great that you, aiming higher gets you better photos), I tried to bring something to the shoot that other models just didn't care to bring or offer...such as emailing and saying " I like your work...this certain shot intrigues me,( compliments can help) I know an owner at a lounge that would let us shoot there for free, would you be interested in shooting some jewelry or something there?"
I had a friend who was an aspiring handbag designer (her bags have been on Gossip Girl), I networked and met with local aspiring designers, I went to tradeshows or worked them and tried to meet aspiring jewelry and accessory and lingerie designers and I would tell the photographer "I can pull some accessory items from a few designers I know" and this usually helped. I think simply showing you are ambitious, that you have a clue, that you are not full of yourself, that you are seriously wanting to create great shots not just be infront of a camera can help too.

Over all to get better photos I really tried to go beyond just "can we shoot"- every girl asks that. I wanted to stand out a little and show I was not just a model but creative and had ambition. I also made bikini designs a few years ago and actually if you google me you could still find some photos of them out there. So I offered for the photographer to shoot me wearing the designs.

Photo retouching tips for models

A photographer I know recently shared some insight with me on retouching, this is what he said.

"There are lots of aspects to retouching (color adjustment, contrast control, removing lines and zits, softening the skin, reshaping the hair, reshaping the jaw, etc) and the best way to learn is to have someone show you. Less efficient is to watch one of the video podcasts. The information is great but you might have to sift through a lot of unnecessary stuff. Also, you need either Photoshop or some other program like it, like Photoshop Elements which is much cheaper.

Bad retouching is like bad makeup- it can ruin a great shot so I'd actually recommend hiring a retoucher who'll let you watch how they retouch. Then you can practice and compare your work to theirs. The actual techniques are very easy but getting good- and subtle- takes a lot of work.

Thursday, June 18, 2009

I hate my photos: How Models can fix photos


This segment on Model Talk is about how to fix your photos and get better photography.

Did you know:

Hands and Makeup can ruin the shot.

Make sure your makeup is not too cakey or that your face is too shiny, you need to show nice natural skin to get a good shot sometimes.

After the shoot make sure the photos you get on a CD are at 300 dpi or turn them into 300 Dpi.

Strive to learn a program such as Photoshop or basic photoshop skills.
Or try www.picnik.com

Cropping and lightening photos is a good skill to have.

Sometimes a full body shot can turn into a better headshot (crop it).

If a photo is too dark, dark around the eyes it can be hard to touch that up yourself, but if you turn the photo to black and white and then lighten the photo it could look better.

persistence and patience

While pursuing something that is a challenge remember persistence and patience are best friends. Give both a chance.

Foot modeling and parts modeling Woman's World

If you are short you most likely have small feet. Well, put those feet to use with parts modeling/foot modeling/ shoe modeling. You can model with great shoe brands for showroom and print and also magazine editorials, like here my foot in the pink shoe for this weeks Woman's World Magazine.

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

commercial print compcard + full body shot

a full body shot or a shot that show you from the thigh up or waist up is a good one for your compcard. Especially one that shows you “in action” doing something, walking, laughing, smiling, chilling on the couch or in a chair reading a magazine, putting on makeup. To get inspired look at the editorial photos, the photos that go with the magazine articles in magazines such as Cosmo, Allure and Marie Claire and Glamour,-they have a vibe the fits for a print modeling compcard…also keep in mind what an ad for a lifestyle product looks like when you create the shot.

You want to come off that you can model any lifestyle product, that is what a print modeling agency wants to see more than measurements. Fashion agencies are different.

Modeling is for a short girl is about marketing

It is a challenge to model, it is not an easy thing and just being cute, pretty, is not enough. Modeling is really about marketing, many times in print modeling the models are not the hottest, most beautiful but they fit the vibe of the product and the consumer. Modeling is sometimes about “just being what they are looking for” and if you notice ads for lifestyle products the models are not all tall and perfect looking. But the main thing is to get some good quality photos that are not too touched up and show you for you. You have to make yourself available for opportunities and seek them, in the right ways. The better your marketing materials are, compcard, headshot, the better you can market yourself.

Monday, June 15, 2009

agencies specializing in petite models

Even in the smallest cities, or those that are not thriving with modeling agencies products need to be sold, and marketing is needed, so this is where models come into play.

You will most likely not find many agencies specializing in petite models--not often anyways, but if you put aside the inches you lack and focus on commercial print modeling and produce photos that show your personality, energy and naturally model a product- like a handbag or cell phone, you could appeal to a print modeling agencies.

So focusing on showing in your photos that you can actually model something, a handbag, shoes, skincare, cosmetics, so I would look at ads to get inspired but don’t focusing on too fashion forward ads or magazines, think more lifestyle, more ads for every day use products. That is how a shorter girl finds opportunities within print modeling

Friday, June 12, 2009

short girls can model

short girls can model handbags, hair products, sunglasses, skincare, shoes, and put it this way, wherever there is a need to advertise. To get modeling jobs it involves thinking about “what can I model”. Where there is a need to advertise, there is a need for a model to use, hold, and be apart of the products story.

Thursday, June 11, 2009

Isobella Jade and short model message

Realistic expectations backed with marketable ambition is best for shorter models. U might not get to rock the runway but there is more out there for you. Modeling is not just high fashion. But you have to see it that way and market yourself for the opportunities you can realistically seize.

Shorter models should focus on modeling lifestyle products, and submitting to commercial print modeling agencies, and remember where there is advertising there is a need for models.

Anti-online modeling contest

Unless a modeling contest is put on by a reputable magazine, product or brand and if the magazine, brand or product are those you can relate to and your future goals, an online modeling contest is a waste. Modeling agencies do not take online modeling contests seriously so telling a booker at an agency that you won one doesn’t mean much. Modeling agencies that also hold contests are something that you should think twice about. Just winning a contest is not enough, it is about the promotion afterwards and how you can use it to get ahead and get more opportunities as a model/person. Let’s say you win a contest, but if no magazine sponsored it, and it wasn’t in the news or media, and basically no one knew about it besides the people who were there then you can’t use it towards your future goals. It is honestly better to skip the web, get a compcard printed and mail it to a print modeling agency. So you win a contest but then what? How can it become something to get more opportunities? A year after the contest no one will care, 6 months even, so you would have to think very fast about how to promote your win and get something out of it. And if it is some random jane online modeling hot girl of the week…an agency doesn’t care. That doesn’t mean you can model anything just because you are hot and an agency makes money when you CAN model something for an ad campaign, commercial or product ad. Marketing is a huge part about getting modeling jobs and opportunities and even a modeling contest can hurt your opportunities if it is not a very well credible contest. Even then, I am not a fan of modeling contests, pageants, or online modeling contests as a legit way to go on to bigger things.

When it comes to promotion don't be mislead by the web, flaunting yorself on the internet isn't always a good thing ok. Goodluck! :)

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Ask the photographer before a photoshoot

In this segment of Model Talk Radio, Isobella Jade shares questions you should ask the photographer before you do your photo shoot and what to be aware of so that you don't end up with a mistake, regret or tears, and that you get what you want instead.

Listen here:


You can also find Isobella Jade on iTunes.

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

exitrealworld.com for real girls

There is a swimwear brand out there that is not about airbrush and some models have tattoos:

I first heard of the brand from Elle Magazine, June issue, page 48.

What do you want to model?

Isobella asks in this video: What do you want to model?

Monday, June 8, 2009

Bakers Summer Shoes with Isobella

Isobella shows off her new Bakers shoes.

Isobella quote

Life and modeling can be tough, but if you don't expect it to be easy, you will find through hard work, trying again and again, and not giving up...it isn't impossible to do something that at first sight might seem so.

Printing photos for modeling agency submission

A girl recently asked me “When sending pixs to an agency what are the dimensions you use? Do I really have to go to a place that specialize in printing the pics out as oppose to fedx, duane reade, etc”

My reply:

Well, prints can be submitted but honestly it is more professional to send a compcard in the mail vs. snap shots or prints to a commercial print modeling agency/ or talent agency. I suggest getting a compcard or headshot printed. You can print in smaller quantities and reasonable prices at www.compcard.com.

However if you do not want to make a compcard right now (but be prepared: Headsup, you will have to make one your self soon anyways, -print models have to create their own compcards, it is an investment a model has to make to market herself and agencies will not always provide them and paying an agency to make it for you can actually cost more)…but if I was mailing a commercial print modeling agency a snap shot I would print it 5 x 7 inches.

For affordable printing I would use for single photo snap shots:

Also you can print 9 X 11 prints for a modeling portfolio as well there. The website is actually for a store/company based in NYC but they deliver anywhere in the US. Good quality and price. Make sure the photos are being printed at 300 dpi. If you have Photoshop you can adjust this.

Sometimes modeling does involve some behind the scences, production stuff when it comes to making marketing material.

Again I strongly suggest making a compcard, and mailing it to an agency because for print modeling a girl does have to make her own compcards. I manage myself while I work with agencies in NYC and I am also an author and for my own means, and for modeling I have always took it upon myself to make the marketing material I need to market myself in the ways I want to model.

The agencies then use the compcard I made to market me to their clients.

I hope this helps, let me know if you have any more questions on compcards and mailing agencies.


I am a model...but I am not the best

I am a hand model, leg model, shoe model, parts model, print model, but I have to market myself the right ways, and I can model almost anything, but it is not because I am the best...it is because 1. I am available and want to model, 2. because I have not given up! :)

Sunday, June 7, 2009

Do models pay for compcards? answered

A girl asked me recently "How do i make my own compcard? Do i have to pay for it?"

This was my reply:
Ironically, a compcard is not just something a girl who wants to model makes, but it is what will help her get an agency. The compcard, mailing it in the mail, is how you get an agency. Not the opposite of showing up at an open call and the agency handing you everything…Maybe in fashion that happens, but that is VERY small percent of modeling. Print modeling does involve more hands-on work from the model herself. And making a compcard is involved with the marketing process, to get the agency and then you give the agency your compcard to market you with. Similar to an actor mailing a casting director…or talent agency..you need your marketing tools.

An aspiring model should make her own compcard, and should plan her photos and know ahead the cost. However the cost can be less than you might think. I use www.compcard.com and you can order 40-100 cards, and the prices are reasonable. There are no rules to creating a card or rules. Typically you put one photo (a headshot or beauty shot) on the front with your name...On the back you put 4 different photos that show your range and personality as a model. Your compcard is a mini portfolio of "the type of model you are" that showcases your "look" -from full body, to smiling, to in jeans or in a dress. The range should not be extreme but show that you can model many types of products and should involve nice face shots. Each shot should look like an ad, (even if it isn’t one) and should have the vibe that you can model.

If you do not have many photos to choose from then at the start of your modeling pursuits you can put together just a nice headshot on the front of your compcard and a nice full body standing smiling shot on the back, maybe you are holding a handbag looking over your shoulder and smiling, maybe reaching to fix your shoe or walking you dog…

Even with two shots you can show an agency the vibe that you are as a model and your look easily. I suggest using www.compcard.com for reasonable printing costs and quantity can be 40-100 cards…a smaller run of cards can be best to test out a compcard and if modeling is something you want to pursue.


Here is also a video I made on how a model has to make her own marketing material:

The ideal model body and smile

A girl recently asked me:
"...what if a woman doesn't have an ideal smile but has the ideal body? Might she be given a chance to model a little bit until she can make enough money to save for dental work? "
This was part of my reply:

The ideal smile and body mean little in the print modeling world. I have scars, not perfect teeth, and I am petite, (very short!) but I have found modeling work by focusing on what I DO have that is sellable in an advertising (product ads) and editorial (mags) world. I market my great skin, my proportioned body and considering my imperfects assets as well. I think you should do the same. I have a gap between my teeth, a scar by my eyebrow, a scar on my knee from rollerskating and some smaller imperfections from when I ran track and was a hurdler, before modeling....Over all,the thing is in modeling: Unique is in! Being NOT ideal is how you will actually get ahead. Stand out, use what you got, and it will end up being the reason you get booked for jobs actually.

Saturday, June 6, 2009

Models of all Ages video

Isobella shares how age has little to do with commercial print modeling and people of all ages are modeling.

modeling agency scams and testimonials

Typically a modeling agency or talent agency that has testimonials on their website is usually a scam. I say this because a legit agency does not need their talent to vouch for them saying the agency is great. They are professional, legit. The models are sent on castings and a good percent good work. Period.

A legit agency does NOT hand you anything or make you pay for anything.

I would question it if an agency says “pay a membership fee, or monthly or year fee to be on the website.”

I would question if an agency demands you work with a certain photographer and pay them a certain price for photography and printing costs for a compcard.

While a compcard can cost $100-$200 to print 100 of them, you should not get scammed by paying too much for these model marketing items: I use www.compcard.com often to test out a certain compcard for a low cost and quality is decent, you also can choose to get 40 cards made, to test a compcard out before you purchase 100 say.

So, don't pay an agency for anything. Give them your compcards and if they are professional they will work with it. And you can take their suggestions, re-shoot and strive to shoot with better photographers but you should manage you and be prepared to be hands-on and make your compcards and submit to agencies and DO NOT pay an agency to be a model or be considered for work, and do not pay to be on an agency website,..that is a scam.

Sure, you should mail your headshot and compcard to all print agencies you can research that you feel are professional. But I suggest when it comes to knowing if an agency is professional…follow what I mentioned again. Put it this way: A legit agency does NOT hand you anything, or make promises, it is NOT the agencies job to give you lots and lots of modeling jobs. Modeling is not gaurenteed and even if you get sent on castings that does not mean you will book the job. Modeling involves “being what the client, brand, editor, art director, is looking for” plain and simple. You either are or are not fit for the job. You should not take it too seriously. Modeling is about “just being what they are looking for, at the certain time and place and for a certain project”…

I am based in NYC and if you want to model and you are petite, short,-not tall...then you make your own compcards and mail them to print modeling agencies.

In fashion it is different , fashion agencies, invest in their models, make compcards, teach them, etc...for print a girl as to basically learn herself...and since print is what a shorter girl should focus on...she has to know the difference between a scam and professional.

Friday, June 5, 2009

Max Factor, the man, the makeup, the book

Get it while you can!

Max Factor is all over the media sites and news for cutting their US market share in 2010. However did you know that Max Factor was a person, not just a name of a brand but Max was born in Poland in 1877, and worked as a wigmaker to the Russian imperial family, and in 1904 he fled to America after Czar Nicholas II ordered the Jewish pogroms. Max ended up in St. Louis, where he had an exhibit at the World Fair (sort of like an early day International Beauty Show booth perhaps), and you can read about how the man who brought makeup to every woman, during a time when only stage preformers and prostitutes wore makeup. Max Factor is credited with many cosmetic innovations. Some of his innovations were the first motion picture makeup in 1914, lip gloss in 1930, Pan-Cake Makeup, forerunner of all modern cake makeups in 1937, Pan-Stik Makeup in 1948, Erace, the original cover-up cosmetic in 1954, and the first "waterproof" makeup in 1971.

You might have worn Max Factor, but whether you have or not, reading biographies about how the brand or person aspired always interests me, and I hope it intrigues you.

Here is the link to the book Max Factor "The Man who changed the Faces of the World" by Fred E. Basten.

I have it, I have it in my hand right now! :)


I spokes to stylist Bill Schrlau about summer hair care and he shared some great tips with me that I want you to know about. This is what he suggests:

Summer is near and we all want to make sure that our hair looks it’s best. There is no replacement for maintaining the hair year round, but just in case you let it go, NOW you need to get prepared and make sure your hair is ready for summer. Here are our 5 tips for getting and keeping healthy hair through the summer 2009.

1. Keep in “SHINY”

To keep your hair in great condition and shiny through the summer;
• Use the proper shampoo & daily conditioners for the hair. Check with your hairstylist what works best for your hair. Giving your hair the proper care from the start will set you up for success through the summer, when it has been exposed to the summer elements. My favorite shampoo & conditioners for summer care are from Unite Eurotherapy. For fine hair- Be Free Shampoo & conditioner, for medium textures- Go 365 shampoo & conditioner. For thick course hair- Vitaliza Shampoo & Revitaliza conditioner.
• Rinse with cold water. Cold water closes the cuticle and enhances shine. Hot water causes the cuticle of the hair to swell and create a dulling effect on the hair.
• Add a leave in conditioner to your hairstyling regimen. Start with a leave in conditioner, 7 second conditioner from Unite is amazing and perfect for summer care. Take it with you to the beach and apply through the day as needed.
• Let your hair air dry before styling with a blowdryer. This will cut down on the exposure to heated tools. Start with clean hair, towel dry by dabbing the moisture from the hair, apply styling products, spend time getting ready in the am. Then return to finish your hair after it has had time to air dry a bit. Use a medium to low heat on the blowdryer, yes it will take a bit longer to dry but you will protect the condition of the hair and help maintain shine through the summer months.
• Seek the advice of your hairstylist. They can help you with your specific needs.


Making sure your hair is in great condition is not done alone by conditioners.
• Rinse the hair after coming out of the ocean or pool water, both can have a drying effect on the hair.
• Protect the hair with a hat. The only sure way to protect the hair from the elements.
• Occassionally leave a little conditioner behind. Do not rinse the conditioner completely out of the ends of the hair.
• Conditioning treatments- once a week. Apply conditioner to the hair, wrap a warm towel around the conditioned hair and leave for 20 minutes.

3. Give your hair a break!

• Put the blowdryer & flat iron down! Yes, set them aside if at all possible, or use them a little less. The more heat exposure the hair endures the less shine your hair will have.
• Rely on shampooing in the evening and dry styling in the morning.
• Braid the hair or twist it into a ponytail, let dry and let down, into a wearable texture style.
• Learn how to put your hair up, into a bun or twist.


• Haircut- yes I know it is scary but scary is the thought of having a head of hair that has been destroyed by neglect and the split ends are so bad that shaving the head will not help bring it back to a healthy state. Most of us need to cut our hair for maintenance every 4-6 weeks. If you are going longer between cuts, chances are your are removing more than just a trim at each visit, which is not to your benefit if you are wanting LONG hair. Find a hairstylist you can trust and who will be honest with you about the health of your hair.

5. Shampoo only when the hair is dirty

• The hair does not always need to be shampooed. Every other day is a good rule to follow. If your hair gets oily at the scalp area, use a little dry shampoo, baby powder, or powder foundation to remove the oil. Pat the product in the oily areas and brush through.

So keep that hair healthy and shiny through the summer by following these tips.

For more information on how to care for your hair you can work with Bill Schrlau and his team of stylists at Salon Space/ 510 Washington avenue/ North Haven, CT 06473/ 203-907-0434 for appointments. Or follow them on the web- www.salonspacect.com

Models and self promotion: yourself and goals

I have never relied on one person to make my modeling goals or pursuits happen. I have always relied on my self most. Self promotion is such a huge part of being or becoming anything you want to be and it is the same for modeling. Working as a model involves a whole'lotta self promotion!

Here are somethings that have involved self promotion along my journey of being a model:

1. Creating the right photos. Photography has been a major part of my pursuits, this is modeling where "image is everything" so striving to get better photography, improve my photos, and strive to work with better and better photographers through out my journey as been very important. What you show in a photo represents who you are as a model. What you can do, and where you are going, so striving hands-on to plan shoots, art direct them, be apart of the photography process has been major.

2. Mailings and submissions. The first mailing I did, to all the top modeling agencies got no no-where. Once I got a headshot and mail it out it only brought back one phone call. It was to a casting director for background work on the TV show ED. Then I made a compcard and tried to improve my photos to make them more "commercial print friendly." Today I work with great agencies, but getting a modeling agency, getting consistant and quality work as a model has been a process, and it did not happen over nite. It takes a lot of mailing, and submissions, research, and stamps to be a model.

3. Battling the voices around me. Many people I encountered said I was too short to model, I would be better off even going into porn or something, but I didn't want that, I wanted more. I wanted ads, ad campaigns, to be in magazines, I wanted to "model something" other than me! So it has been important to listen to your own voice along the way, the voice that can direct you towards your goals. Sometimes what people may think, suggest, is not always the best, so listen to everything but always have your own understanding of yourself and goals.

Cover scars for Model photoshoots beauty tips

A girl ask me recently: What would u suggest for scars, and skin?

This was my reply:
No one is perfect. Everyone has a pinch, scar, blemish here or there. I like Jergens natural glow, St. Ives, Nivea, and the Lush Store for lotions, for scars (we all have them, I use a scar cream, any will do, but usually they can be pricey. I like spray on tans, and also to cover scars I mix lotion and a light foundation together and put it on my legs, etc, before a shoot, or I go out.

Thursday, June 4, 2009

Do you go Commandos? With Jo Bernard

I recently spoke to Jo Bernard, the Commando-in-Chief of Commandos: The way to be comfy down there while you go Commando, this is the scoop on the latest go bare with ease essential.

1. For my readers who do not know yet, tell us about Commandos and why a girl needs to be in the know?

As girls and women, we are raised to wear traditional, conventional underwear. Conventional underwear has always been about a piece of apparel designed to hold a cotton crotch in place for our hygienic protection and comfort. In the Evolution of Underwear, our panties have evolved from the chastity belt to pantaloons to granny panties to bikinis to thongs, all intended to hold a crotch for us. COMMANDOS Patches have now eliminated EVERYTHING BUT the crotch and it is COTTON, which is the natural and absorbent fabric recommended by doctors for our optimal vaginal health. No more waistbands and legholes creating VPL's in our jeans, pants, and shorts. No more irritating crotch seams when we choose to "go commando". COMMANDOS Cotton patches are for Ev'y Femma, Every Woman, no matter her age, size, ethnicity. Meet Ev'y Femma on our website www.gocommandos.com. They are great for travel, maternity, all sports and exercise, equestrian, after waxing, and just to wear every single day in jeans and pants.

2. I love all the reasons why you can wear Commandos stated on your website, I think the commando patch to put inside jeans is something awesome that many females can relate to. Had you gone commando in the past and wondered how you could make it more comfy?

I had never gone commando (without underwear) before we invented the Patch. It was completely foreign to me.

As a result of our marketing survey last year, we have learned that 51% of our customers also had never gone commando, which tells us that many woman are seeking an alternative to traditional underwear and have now found a replacement they prefer. Most of our customers rate the comfort level VERY HIGH and I'm sure it's because we use premium cotton that is very soft, and cushions this most sensitive area. The completely unique and patented design allows for ultimate flexibility when placed in the crotch inseams. The adhesive will hold it there until the woman chooses to remove it. Once you experience wearing nothing in your jeans or pants but the soft, comfortable COMMANDOS Patch which you don't even know is there, you really begin to dislike the extra layer that conventional panties or thongs add.

3. Have you ever had a memorable experience telling someone about how you sell comfort with the cotton crotch?

I once tried to discreetly explain it to a woman in her 80's. Once she understood the concept, she broke out into a huge smile and laughingly said, "Honey, I haven't worn panties in years! I just didn't know it was called 'going commando'. Where can I buy them?" This is when I learned NEVER to assume who our customer is. Again, she is Every Woman. "Ev'y Femma"! (I also love to be on a crowded elevator and ask who knows what it means to go commando!)

4. How has the internet come into play with launching the brand and marketing Commandos?

The internet has been and continues to be huge for COMMANDOS. Women love to share and Word of Mouth Marketing (WOMM) is the absolute best form of getting one's product out there. The personal recommendation, the personal experience, the community of women needing and wanting products that they can believe in and have benefits for them, are all nurtured and developed on the internet. For example,there is a whole community of women who have vulva-vaginal conditions that cannot wear traditional underwear. They have online support groups, as well as Physical Therapists and Doctors, who provide much needed services and products that often are unavailable to them in their own geographic communities. Plus, many women prefer online shopping and we have our COMMANDOS available in our website store. Our website is fun, and girly, and very informative. It showcases our Press, our Testimonials, and of course, Ev'y Femma. In addition, men and women from around the world have found COMMANDOS Patches online and this is how we have now launched our product in South Africa and soon in the UK. www.gocommandos.com

5. During photoshoots it is best not to show panty lines so where can my readers pick up a pack of Commandos?

Your readers can order directly from our website www.gocommandos.com

Where we offer all of our colors and all 3 cotton fabrics (Cotton Fleece, Combed Cotton Interlock and 100% Certified Cotton Jersey). They can also call our tollfree number 866-970-FREE (3733) either to order or to inquire about a retail location near them. COMMANDOS are also available on a number of other websites, including Amazon.com.

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

The Persistent Short Model segment

Isobella shares how to be persistent without pushy to get what you want as a model. From an agency to modeling jobs, working with photographer and becoming the model you want to be, in her latest podcast at Blogtalkradio.com

Not giving up is key. Approaching the right agencies, approaching them with the right photos.

Focusing on what you can realistically model and then perfecting your photos so you can get ahead

Here is a segment on The Persistent Short Model:


Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Top 5 NYC Photoshoot hot spots for summer

These are places you could do a shoot in NYC this summer and you might get away without getting a permit. Some you do need one. So check first. You might have to be sneaky to pull of some of these locations...but I have.

Early morning Brooklyn Bridge.

The Seaport/ Battery Park

Dumbo Booklyn/ Brooklyn Heights

Governors island

Meatpacking district (do it quick)

Anywhere along the parks on the West Side Highway are fair game too, and Riverside Park area.

Summer photo shoots for Models

The summer is a perfect time to update your portfolio and compcards with some great outdoors shots. If you live in New York then you know the winter is sad for shooting. Cold!

I am very anxious and excited to put together some shots this summer.

Modeling jobs shoot a lot of fall and winter ad campaigns in the summer and the summer campaigns are shot in the fall and winter.

Example: I shot Easy Spirit's shoe line for Spring/Summer in December.

I also love natural sunlight. I think the most beautiful face shots are taken outdoors with natural sunlight around 3pm. (mid day) or early morning.

Models might dig Blaze Burna's- Runway song

Got a message from up and coming rap artist Blaze Burna from Houston, TX today about his song "runway", he figured my readers might dig it, so I just wanted to share it. It has a good struttin' beat for anywhere your runway might be.

Miami Models and Miami Swim Show

Are you an aspiring model is Miami? Are you comfortable standing, posing in swimwear from morning to mid day?

Then you should check out the Miami Swim Show, coming up in July!

July 18-21st.

I would check out the vendors who are attending by going to:


Scroll down and Click "Current Lines" -look through the vendors, example here:


Google the brands, contact the pr department, marketing manager, or basic info if you can.

And ask if they need a model kindly. Where they get their models, and if you can be apart of the swimshow.

Or contact the conference directly, they might have someone in mind who needs a model.

Monday, June 1, 2009

Modeling Agency highlight in Atlanta

I am going to try to feature more agencies on this blog. Recently a girl asked me about agencies in Atlanta, Georgia. Here are some agencies in GA to consider; I found them by Googling: Atlanta + model and talent agencies. Also I found them in The Call Sheet, which is a booklet found in Barnes and Noble in the magazine section, more on that below.


I am giving you the websites to find the mailing,postal address. DO NOT submit through email. Mailing a compcard by postal mail is best: it is more professional.

Also make sure you are NOT sending fashion pics. A print agency wants to see your natural face, your natural energy and personality. Your beauty shots are good to send too.

To find agencies in other cities:
In Barnes and Noble there is a booklet in the magazine section called The Call Sheet, you can find it under the film and tv magazines in the magazine section. $10 and worth it. The booklet has a list of agencies in the major cities. You could also google: Print modeling agencies, talent agencies + Atlanta. With the internet research you do need to be careful. Do not fall for a scam.

How I make a compcard:
Make your own compcards at www.compcard.com or a local printer that prints headshots, usually they also print compcards for models, and remember managing yourself is the best route. Do not sign contracts and do not get sucked into something that are unsure about. A shorter girl will not have to sign a contract anyways, she should freelance with agencies..many of them. (this is a major misconception among aspiring models, they think there is this big "signing the contract moment" nope! it does not happen with shorter models. A shorter model is her own business. And she works with print agencies but many she can freelance with and she should. Always control your own goals!