After the gorgeous cover of the April issue of Italian Vogue surfaced on the tFS forums yesterday, many members couldn't help being curious about the striking but fairly unknown cover model. Who is the exotic-looking model who appears to be a new Steven Meisel favorite?
Issa Lish is Mexican and has her Japanese father to thank for her beautiful Asian features. She has been sporting her signature bold bangs since starting out as a model three years ago. For several seasons she was only seen walking smaller shows during Fashion Week in New York.
“Personally, I don't see a model in her but she could pull off some it girl,” pointed out forum member cologne_rocks in 2011.
It wasn’t until she walked Saint Laurent in Spring 2014 that more people started paying attention to her. Later she walked Jean Paul Gaultier Haute Couture Spring 2014. When she opened the Anna Sui show in New York in the Fall 2014 runway season, astute fashion followers knew big things were to happen for this stunner. Steven Meisel is known to handpick girls for that show and it was obvious he had taken a liking to her.
Forum member leblue15 perfectly summarized what is to come for this exotic beauty:
“[The Vogue Italia cover] is amazing!! I'm sure it will [make big names take notice of her], a Vogue Italy cover always does that and her opening Anna Sui plus this cover makes her his new favorite. Steven Meisel has a lot of power in pushing a model career, he is a tastemaker and then everybody follows like sheep, so I'm sure others will start using her more. Let's not forget that she opened a Saint Laurent show so Hedi [Slimane] likes her and Jean Paul Gaultier likes her as well….she has it for a very good start. I like her look, she is not like a clone, she has a very distinctive look.”
Are you excited to see where Issa's career is heading? Check her thread on the forums for regular updates.