How do you identify?
Gender fluid. He/she/him/her. Doesn’t matter to me!
What does it mean to be an androgynous model?
Being an Androgynous model is the truest form of me. I have confidence in the combinations of the socially assigned gender roles. I’m proud of my curves and womanly figure with a swagger of the masculine part of me. Androgynous modeling breaks those social boundaries. It’s beautiful.
Did you always want to be a model?
When I was younger I wasn’t comfortable in who I was and felt pressured to fit a mold in the modeling world that I had no desire to fit. For a while I had rejected the idea even though so many people told me I should pursue the career.
How did your career in modeling begin?
My mother started taking me to casting calls when I was around 8 years old, from what I could remember. I believe my first runway show was at 10 years old.
What is the industry like for androgynous models?
The world has changed so much. We are actually in high demand, not just in the states but also in Europe and especially Asia.
What are some challenges you face in your modeling career?
You have to be weary of who you work with and what content you are putting out. One photo can either make you or destroy you. I always work within my integrity and have no fear of telling someone no.
What do you enjoy most about modeling?
I feel free in expressing myself in front of the camera. I am one person day to day and become a whole different version of myself when its time to pose. It’s my form of art. I get a type of high in becoming and creating.
What has modeling taught you about yourself?
So many things! It taught me that I’m more capable than I imagined myself to be. That I can work passed insecurities and comfort zones. That I could be at home in my own skin.
What projects are you most proud of and why?
Working with Bien Roulee Style. They’re on instagram as iamroulee. I’ve worked with this incredibly talented team several times but I’m most proud of the last photoshoot we did together. They took me from masculine, to androgynous and then feminine all in one day of shooting. I’m most proud of this project because it was so unique and expressive of all the different sides of a woman like myself.
How would you describe your personal style?
Laid back with edge.
How would you define beauty?
Beauty is a feeling not a physical attribute. Sometimes that feeling can go so deep it will bring you to tears or make you smile.
Who inspires you?
In the modeling world? Coco Rocha. She’s so fun and incredibly talented. Outside of modeling would be Tiffany Haddish. She turned her mess into a message. She is proof that no matter where you come from and what you experience you can achieve everything you set out to achieve.
What do you do when you aren’t modeling?
I’ve always worn many different hats. I build a business with life insurance, I’m a general contractor and project manager, and a commissioned artist. I also spend a lot of time outdoors, with my pets, I go dancing with my friends, or I’m eating. I spend a lot of time with food!
What is something we may not know about you?
I was homeless during my late teens and into my young adulthood. I’ve slept in my car or couch hopped. It was a very difficult time in my life but I’m grateful for that experience. It taught me I could get through anything life threw me.
Do you have any tips for an aspiring androgynous model?
Put yourself out there. Go to the casting calls. I don’t care if you don’t know what you’re doing or if you get the job or not. You never lose because you always gain contacts and insight into the industry. Keep pushing. Sometimes it takes a 1,000 no’s to get to that one yes that will completely change your life. If you never try, you’ll never get to that yes.
What advice would you give to young people struggling with their identity?
I was there. I’ve been you. The only reason you’re struggling is because you’re worried about other people and what they think of you. Don’t waste another minute. The only person you need to be true to in this life is you and the right people will come along for that journey.
What is your dream modeling job?
Any job that would make an impact on the young and old to give them confidence to be exactly who they are.
What would you like to see for the future of modeling?
More real life expectations and body positivity for men and women. There’s so many different shapes, skin tones, hair textures and personalities that are beautiful. We need to show more variance.
Can you tell us what you are working on currently?
Tomorrow I have a meeting about a runway show that I’m most likely going to be walking in. I sent my youngest brother to the casting call and he made the cut. This is his first experience in the industry so I’m really hoping we will be walking in the same show!
What do you hope to achieve in the future?
World peace. Kidding. Although that would be ideal. I hope to be a successful mentor and manager for the next generation of models. Specifically, I will be able to jump start my brothers modeling career as his manager and coach him through this early stage. It helps that I’ve been networking in this field for over 10 years.
Where can readers see more of your work?
- Instagram: model_skye_isono
- Facebook: Skye R. Isono