Meet Miami local Isabella Gonzales, also known as Isa! In our chat Isa shares insights into her modeling journey, from starting locally for fun to turning professional. We discuss the city's impact on her career, her holy grail beauty products and impressive travel experiences. Beyond modeling, we learn about Isa's life outside the industry, her fitness routine, and how she prioritises self-care by giving herself grace and staying determined to maintain daily goals. In conversation we discover her realisation that her external beauty does not define her identity and how that has helped her in an industry that oftern emphasises on external beauty.
Welcome to the INC family, Isa! Your energy on today’s shoot was amazing. We’d love
to hear more about your modelling journey so far. How did you initially step into the
Hey hey!! So excited and honored to be talking with you guys! I first started modeling when I was 15 working locally for a small boutique in my hometown. This was just for fun but reflecting back it truly allowed me to get comfortable behind a camera and find joy out of modeling. A few years later i decided I wanted to pursue modeling professionally. I submitted some photos of myself to my current agency NEXT models, received a response and it has been an amazing journey ever since.
Miami is known for its vibrant lifestyle! Have you been a local your whole life, and what opportunities has the city provided for your career?
I was born in Puerto Rico but grew up in Tampa which is around 4 hours away from Miami. The city definitely takes some adjusting to but once accustomed you can really appreciate and recognize how unique it is. Miami has provided me with tremendous amounts of experiences and has put so many amazing human beings in my path!
Your skin and makeup today were flawless! What is your holy grail beauty product that you can't live without? We’re dying to know your secrets!
Ahh thank you so much! My holy grail product for my face would have to be the Tatcha dewy skin cream. Definitely a splurge but it does amazing things for my skin. Other than that I would have to say any type of body lotion, I can’t go a day without it.
We would love to know more about your life outside of the modelling world! How do you spend your spare time, what does your ideal weekend look like?
I am currently a college student so whenever I am not worrying about school haha I love to spend my time under the sun whether it be at the beach, a park, or in my backyard. I hold my family and friends extremely close to my heart and any time spent with them is a blessing. I would say I am pretty introverted so an ideal weekend for me would be staying in, cooking food, and just relaxing while watching a good show and cuddling with my cat!
Have you travelled much? What destinations are on the top of your bucket list, and
what draws you to these places?
Since a young age, I have been given amazing opportunities to travel. Some of my favorite countries I have visited are Spain, Colombia, or Jamaica. Nothing can ever beat home though! Puerto Rico will always be my top destination no matter how many times I’ve been. I feel immense pride being Puerto Rican and try to rep my island any chance I get.
Do you follow a strict workout routine? What is your favourite type of movement!
I really do not follow any strict workout routine although I am trying to be more consistent in the gym. I try to move my body in ways that make me feel happy and challenged. I grew up playing volleyball and training on a weekly basis. I love to lift and get a really good sweat in anytime I do workout. I also still love playing volleyball and it has been a great way for me to stay active while also playing a sport that makes me feel good. I find that the most important thing about working out is listening to your body and doing exercises that safely push your boundaries and make you feel fulfilled because that is always the ultimate goal.
With modelling comes a serious commitment to self-care! How do you practice and prioritise self-care into your busy schedule?
Self-care for me looks like listening to my mind and body, giving myself grace, and staying determined to maintain my daily goals. Self care takes on many forms depending on the day and my emotional state. Different moments require different responses whether it be choosing to workout, simply resting, or recognizing I am overwhelmed and need time to myself. The practice of self care is a top priority in life. No matter how many things I have to do or how many places I have to be I try to always hold it as number one.
In an industry that often emphasises external beauty, how do you nurture your inner confidence, and what advice do you have for others aspiring to feel comfortable in their own skin?
I absolutely love this question and feel so grateful that I get to share my own experience. Realizing that my external beauty does not define my identity has allowed me to appreciate all the internal elements of my existence. All around us are ideas of what beauty should look like and expectations for us to uphold. No one is immune to these unrealistic impressions, including myself. It is not always clear how to combat these pressures however I start by accepting my emotions and choosing to not give the voices in my head power. Recognizing that I am one of one and uniquely made has helped me tremendously. Ultimately, give yourself grace, love, and treat yourself like you are your best friend because the most consistent person in your life is you.
Today we shot our Resort 24 Collection, you looked incredible in every style, we can’t choose a favourite! If you had to pick, which was your favourite bikini shot from today?
I don’t know if I can pick a favorite haha! Such a difficult question but I would have to say my favorite we shot today was the red and white contrast bikini!
2024 is almost here! Do you have any goals for next year?
My goals for this upcoming year is to continue learning and pursuing things that make me happy and align with who I am. I also want to commit to trying new things even if they scare me because I tend to shy away from anything unfamiliar. Lastly, I want to make it a goal to spend less time on my phone and social media because it can be physically and mentally draining.
QUICK FIRE QUESTIONS
Last song you played on Spotify?
La Complicidad by Cultura Profética
Last place you swam?
Seven Seas beach in Fajardo, Puerto Rico
Last amazing meal you ate?
My abuela’s breakfast which consists of a chorizo sandwich, oatmeal, and a smoothie.
Last shopping splurge?
I recently bought the Cecilie Bahnsen x ASICS sneakers and I am in love.
A walk around the neighborhood where my abuela lives.
Last time you felt or saw love?
I had the privilege of being with my family this past weekend and I felt a great amount of love and gratitude.