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:: Spotlight :: Isis - International model of quality comes to Melbourne for Spring fashion season

By: Carmine Pascuzzi

It was a pleasure to be alerted by Stephen Bucknall, agency director of FRM Model Management, that he had an international model here to participate in various spring fashion activities. Stephen is a regular scout for suitable overseas talent and has brought high quality girls and boys to Melbourne for successful campaigns.

His latest addition is the vivacious 23-year-old Cuban-born and New York based Isis. She is from New York Models and Stephen has been trying to lure her to Australia for about two years. Isis speaks Spanish, English and Italian.

Some facts and figures about ISIS

Isis was discovered by Cory Bautista head of Womens division New York Models.
Whilst on a scouting trip to Cuba he discovered her as a young girl and had her flown into NY.
It was not long before Isis started gracing magazines such as Complex Magazine, Italian Vogue, Harpers Bazaar and W Magazine.
Isis then went on to become the face of L'Oreal for 2 years. She has graced the runways of London, Paris, Milan, & New York and is still currently one of the world's most in demand models.

Now available exclusively to FRM Australia wide.

Height: 5'10.5" Bust: 34 Waist: 24 Hips: 35

Already, Isis has been heavily booked for the next month - she expects to stay until the third week of November. I was fortunate enough to have a few minutes of her valuable time for a quick chat and invited for a home-cooked meal Cuban style.

Q. Tell us a little about your background in modelling?

A. I am from Cuba and been modelling since I was 14 years of age. I had done some small shows there before being discovered by New York Models, one of the leading modelling agencies. They flew me to America.

Q. Did that come as a surprise to you?

A. Yes, it just happened very quickly. I wasn't expecting it. Soon I did a tour of Europe and eventually settled in New York, modelling there for about six years now.

Q. How does an aspiring model become noticed in the competitive world?

A. It's all about being yourself. There are lots of beautiful girls and it's important to keep to your personality and characteristics.

Q. You must have had great family support at such a young age…

A. Yes, my mother always told me that there can be big disappointments and not everybody will like you in this job. That's life. You have to keep going and going, and you will eventually get to where you want to be.

Q. Tell us about working with the New York Models agency?

A. I have been very loyal to New York Models because they have helped me greatly. They're very supportive. I've done L'Oreal commercials for hair and advertising - lots of catalogues. I also did runway the first two years that I was in New York.

Q. There has been much recent discussion about the body shape of models around the world. What are your thoughts?

A. I would tell girls not to worry about their weight. It's a very silly thing and I know lots of girls who think they have to be skinny and don't eat. It's very unhealthy. It is about real people. There was a huge advertisement in New York for cream recently. They used normal sized models and this form of advertising was huge in America.

Some people in the New York office think that I'm not normal. They say, “Everything looks good on you, but you're not normal. It's not reality.” I say to them, “Listen, I'm a normal girl.”

Q. What are your favourite places to visit?

A. Iceland. One of my really great experiences so far. I was there for three days for work and it was gorgeous. I never thought it would be so beautiful. I'd love to go there again, this time for a vacation. I also had a great time in Paris.

Q. What are some of the best campaigns you've ever done?

A. There have been lots, but some great ones were Loewes in Spain, Motorola, and Jackie, plus we had huge posters in Times Square, right in front of MTV, and that was pretty exciting.

Q. Your favourite music?

A. Latin music. People like Umberto Santa Rocca and those in the Buena Vista Social Club. I like any good music to dance to.

Q. Your favourite films?

A. Scarface and Pretty Woman.

Q. Beauty tips?

A. Eat healthy. Drink lots of water. Don't smoke and don't do drugs.

Q. How do you view your future in modelling?

A. I'm still keen to model for a few more years yet. I'm looking to do some studies, but not sure of what yet - perhaps still in the industry of fashion. I might try acting in the Latin market - in my language.

Q. What impressions do you have of Melbourne from your short stay so far?

A. Australians are very relaxed and I've had a good time. There has been plenty of bookings through my agent, Stephen, doing work for DejCuba, L'Oreal and the Indian Film & Fashion Awards. There are more bookings on the table.

If you would like to book Isis during the remaining time of her stay in Melbourne, please phone FRM on (03) 9521.5466.

Here is a selection of pictures.