Back in 1982, Isabella was the highest paid model in the world when she was the face of Lancôme, but when she was in her 40s back in 1996, the brand let her go. But now, she’s jumping back into it to star beside her son, Roberto, in a fall 2017 campaign for Sies Marjan. “It was an instant yes,” she said of modeling for photographer Bruce Weber in her most colorful look yet.
Isabella in 1991.
“[I was] always wearing black. It’s so easy to wear,” Isabella confessed. “Now I put on an incredibly bright pink sweater with black pants. There is a real statement of joyfulness.”
In a recent interview, Isabella reflected on her firing. “It was pretty rough, no doubt, it was hard,” she told The Guardian. “My daughter was 10 and my son was one, and I was a single mom. I cried and was depressed, and I worried financially.”
Isabella has also confessed that she prefers modeling to acting. “[Modeling] gave me the confidence to act. Both my parents were very famous, so I was hesitant, but modeling gave me the feeling that I could dare,” she said.
Today, Isabella realizes she’s looked at differently in the industry now that she’s older. “When you’re young, there is so much pressure, because you work, you need money. As you grow older, the focus becomes clearer and clearer, if you like. Nobody ever talks about that, how wonderful it is to grow older. They always talk about wrinkles, but aging is interesting, wrinkles or no wrinkles.” If one thing’s for sure, we’re so glad to see that Isabella is continuing her dream after all these years!