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Model Life

Model Life: The Journey of a Pint-Size Fashion Warrior

Isobella Jade, Illustrated by Jazmin Ruotolo

Model Life is a graphic novel based on the modeling adventures of Isobella Jade.

Jade, a student at the New York Institute of Techology, 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’s she’s finished with answering ads on Craigslist. She determines to get professional, get an agent, and become a real model.

Model Life reveals the glamorous and not-so-glamorous on-the-job experiences of a working model in New York City. From her first photo shoot, to 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.

Author Isobella Jade is a model and author based in New York City. She is the host of Model Talk Radio, and she provides daily modeling tips on her blogs about the ins and outs of the modeling business from a shorter girl’s perspective. She has been featured in the New York Times, Page Six, Media Bistro, Ad Age, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Post, Fashion Television, The Sydney Morning Herald, and many publications and forums worldwide. She has produced beauty tip videos for AOL’s and, on, has published an assortment of short stories based on her modeling adventures. Ms. Jade has written small business marketing tips on Media Bistro and and strongly believes in the power of self promotion.

Paper | 8 x 6 | 112 pgs. | ISBN: 978-1-59376-255-1 | List: $12.95 |

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