Issa Lish on Mexico's role in the modelling industry

Rising star Issa Lish chatted with Style.com about her career, her passions, and the role of Mexico in the modelling industry.

 Issa Lish covers three covers of Vogue Mexico's December 2014 issue, shot by Alexei Hay, styled by Sarah Gore Reeves, hair by Roberto Di Cuia, makeup by Brigitte Reiss-Andersen |  Source

Issa Lish covers three covers of Vogue Mexico's December 2014 issue, shot by Alexei Hay, styled by Sarah Gore Reeves, hair by Roberto Di Cuia, makeup by Brigitte Reiss-Andersen | Source

On Mexico:

I was born and raised in Mexico City, but my dad is 100 percent Japanese. So I’m half-Japanese, half-Mexican.
I think people have this very literal idea of what Mexico is, based on what they’ve been taught. People assume we’re all short and, like, we live in the sand with donkeys. It’s a complete stereotype, but people still believe it and it affects things like scouting. People don’t bother to scout there because they think like, “Oh, it’s not a country where tall women are.” Meanwhile, there are so many beautiful people in Mexico.

On the high points of modelling:

It’s no one thing, it’s more like where I was a year ago to where I am now, more of a combination of all the work that has allowed me to slowly build something for myself. I’m actually able to live off working as a model, so I would say that’s the highlight of my career. Getting to the point where I am now has been such an experience.

Read the full interview here.

Issa's mother agency mother agency is WANTED Model Management (Mexico City), and she's represented by Muse Management in New York. Follow her on Instagram @issalien.