July 9, 2009

Isobella Jade

Based in New York, USA, Isobella Jade is a model, the author of "Almost 5'4", hence her height. Her graphic novel "Model Life" is due fall 2009. She writes daily about the modeling industry from a shorter girl's perspective.

You may find her at : her official site, her very active blog, Barnes&Noble to order her books, her YouTube Channel, her model talk radio.

Isobella, you're a renowned model and you're also an author who has published two books (the second in October), "Almost 5'4" and "Model Life", available at Barnes&Noble. Congratulations ! I know what a publication means.
I would like some words more about the process of creation of each of them : " how did the story begin ?..." Seen by You.

The story of these two books starts when I was really struggling as a model actually. However, at the time, any small success I had found was inspiring and if I ever had a chance to tell my story I had to be brutally honest about it.

So both of these books involved my adventures as a model and I show it in a very honest way. I do not shy away from revealing the grit. We have all heard the stories of girls being discovered on the streets of Paris, and I small towns in Kentucky , but I felt my own was about a different type of modeling. One that involves being self-made. Without an agent, without the fabulous photographers to meet and greet, without the glamour and more about the honest shit that happens when you are trying to be who you want to be.

As a shorter model I have had to use other things to get ahead.

The most important thing has involved knowing how to market myself, not being afraid to skip the middle-man and simply taking a chance. I have had to art direct my shoots, mail, re-mail, try again and again, mail magazines, editors, agents, and I can’t tell you how many No’s I have heard. However I focus on the “yes” getting the next “yes” and I live for the chase.

I truly believe I am the shortest model out there working.

The title of my memoir is "Almost 5’4” but I am a couple inches shorter than that next to a measuring stick.

My graphic novel "Model Life", due this fall, was inspired by the growth of girls who want to be models these days, ten years ago it was not like this.

The internet has changed everything. However being a model takes more than just posting your photo on the internet. Modeling is a challenge, being one and working with great brands, but honestly if it was easy I might be bored with it. I like the chances that are involved with my pursuits.

Modeling is a choice for me, it is not my only option, I want to be here, at the casting, modeling this product, and I am ready to stay overtime if needed to get the job done."

by Joey Quintero

Almost 5'4"
Her original modeling memoir

Available here

Synopsis at Barnes&Noble :

" When she was nineteen she posted her photo on a free Internet modeling website unaware of the risk, passion and self discovery that would follow. From that day, being a college student in New York City wasn't exciting anymore and instead being a model in New York City sounded so much better. Despite her slim chances of getting a modeling agent based on her height, she grabbed her bootstraps and used the Internet to promote herself. Except after months of running in-between her college classes to shoot with amateur photographers in their basements, penthouses, and living rooms it was inevitable that one day her mother would see her naked on the Internet. After this embarrassment she had no other choice but to change her name to Isobella. With her new name, now giving up before she made something of her self wasn't an option. Two years later, after graduation, Isobella only had three magazine tear sheets and one lead role in a music video, but it is enough to convince her to not be sucked into the corporate world and to keep trying to model. Even if it meant giving up stability and most of her belongings, going homeless and becoming her own agent, all while fighting the doubt given to her along the way. Her story, first typed at the Apple Store on Prince Street in SoHo New York City, will inspire you to try any dream you have had."

Inside the new one to come in October 1 : "Model Life"

Model Life

A fictional graphic novel based on her experiences in modeling, illustrated by Jazmin Ruotolo

Will be available : here

Synopsis from Barnes&Noble :

"Isobella Jade, a student at the New York Institute of Technology, begins exploring the possibility of working as a lingerie model — despite her nontraditional height of 5'4”. A Google search leads her to ads posted on Craigslist, and soon Jade finds herself turning up at private apartments for model shoots that more often than not turn out to be seedy, disappointing, and sometimes downright dangerous.
After she is sliced across the eyebrow in a fight with a sleazy so-called fashion photographer who will not respect her boundaries in a photo shoot, Jade decides that she's finished with answering ads on Craigslist. She’s determined to get professional, get an agent, and become a real model.
Model Life reveals her glamorous and not-so-glamorous on-the-job experiences in New York City. From her first photo shoot and her close brushes with soft porn to her appearances in ad campaigns for national retailers and magazines, this height-challenged model shares her past in an edgy, illustrated exposé. The original story of the ultimate underdog, Model Life is a celebration of the self-discovery that comes with being self-made and the triumph of beating the odds."

Isobella Jade ©

"Fashion will always hate the short chicks, but as advertising calls for more types of models more opportunities will arise," she said. "The average American female is shorter than 5 foot 4 inches, and I don’t think she would mind if a shorter girl modeled the clothing in the ad campaign. Modeling is more about marketing than being perfect or a certain height. That, and the 'being discovered' thing is over. It is all about discovering yourself."

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