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The Saa jeranclsco Sunday Call
Amy Dudley
I-.rf^..wo-rks; : V'fl!f. fiction; the .professional
.model ls : piclurrd:asa : pfccuHar.sort
ofvperson.; devoid -o'-pulchritudv and
defiant of conventionality.-: She is a.
.pJrt« : r;fX^u.e;vfeat^f.efd.f^t'h^^Vln^qiiiarr
trrv.-^hiA Is associated with <jueer doinus
;kelj?^.?h;B^^la : ce;icglied Br>h€rnia.^Where
.artists- : . am] :-art /students -congregate
nigHjiy;;." and;' hold ; . wild. \_ bacchanalian
reyelsi^3ppks "fi'iiyje ;been. written- about
hVriv rWhoje \u25a0\u25a0 she, comes -'.f ronv and: w.hai
becpmesvcf v;Ji_«r-"h - a.'6fle'.se'eniß. to. Ttnorw.
• _\u25a0•; teb : ll^; ; "tti^j;.teialXttiCSo stories . are
•;\^-v;^-V': :: ir^f-v^i^-f
;.L -Jsqjlh~a^j)Bria3'prof_e3ri6'n'al^model,\: : -She
lives; anS-. works :in.:Sari -Fraiicisco^. : : .• :.:
cleanav life as. a professional: .athlete.
Any! ijra.nisgtj»ssi on" )pi : . ; the . l&ws;:b^.bodily
.health;. Vr^V^syv-qiuJck'ly^- ; iiHd % . : ..rf suits.': -in;
\u25a0pp&sfcai: -b^eiikdjrtyn,; which. xlisqualifies;
:e^mpd;ei.;v;;-;-% v ; '. :'.^": ?y- ')ii :"":':: "":' : :."\u25a0\u25a0" .'...;'\u25a0 '"['\u25a0 \u25a0;.
V'isvojljris* ... Ji.aV :
th in gs. 'Mrs. ; Wen a fs "•. «ta Xv c . "Nym ph"
isdh the -Chicago -Museum., of -Fine
Artis. Alexander Sterling Calder's
\u25a0.^atsje/visQlln a : ";.an*d^ his^Weait h-tind
';r.cc.ie.h'c>a' : Mattering, 'criticlsitns.:"-; She; ,wa s
rn6;de.l'.ri>'r;Ari.tpri Mbllienbper's;.VSprlng,'* !
Tukon'rcTposltlon . last year. ./ She poses
fpr-'*oa^?^'itt.«;'l>ei^/toOwli -artists :ih
this : : cfty.V^t Hopkins Institute ' and the
Berkeiejr : ;fichooJ;: ,of :. Arts V and, VCraf t?.
.Khe has posed for. many.; of the southern
California; pAlntera.- : : ;. '' "; ?; :\u25a0; ; : " •"- '[ \u25a0 ; .'.:
\u25a0;\u25a0 isjolinaci s proud '.of . her ;vw'orkV. -'1 " am
kept J busy\ ; by fa ; feV... artists," «he. said.
*'I;am;;alw.a"ys treated ;wlth^ respect by
artists,' \u0084aad: l \u25a0•-.' am .".often .received .into
their, hbmes -as xfriend,".-"-- .-' ••••' •'
: Perhain/Xahl of the : Berkeley school
of Arts ani. Crafts,- 'an authority on
anatomy •.and. -drawing, says.: ' "Isolina
has the best : tor6O\6f any model on the
coast.- in: that.. respect she excels" all
tiie models -I have- "seen here. -She is
27 years old, but she has the torso of
a girl •of 17, perhaps . duo to the fact
that she has never worn corsets. Legs
• lightly overdeveloped— probt-bly." the
tfFult.cf swimming — she Is an expert
twlmmer. .Arms, from the artist's
Itandpolnt, splendidly, constructed. Her
feet —with ' the exception of one great
toe, which Is not quite straight; but
Is being corrected by wearing sandals
—are equal %o Maud Allen's, whose feet
are considered the finest In the world,
and. literally, her fortune.
"Isolina is a remarkable person and
deserves great credit for all that she
has accomplished. She Is an exper
ienced model, takes an interest in her
woiiV, loves to pose, and often strikes
positions In her 'rests' more graceful
than her poses."
A. W. Rice of Berkeley, portrait ar
list, has used Isolina. as model for
photographic* art studies and he pro
nounces her adaptable"
to his line of work..' ' r> ' *;
. There are many professional models,
but". . none "exactly like Isbllna. She
knows what it is to be In prison,'
.knows the awfulness of being: shut up
away from 'the 1 world in- darkness^
and silence." "When she was six year's
old she' became blind and deaf, her eyes
.and ears sealed to all light and sound.
Later the sight of one eye was partial
ly restored. Not until she was 14 coiild
she hear anything: and she still hears
imperfectly in one ear. • "I am Improv
ing," she says, "because I am trying
to live a more natural life in dieting
and foods. Only when I take cold* am
I quite deaf," "
Speaking: of her yeara of darkness
and' silence she said: "I was not de
pressed In" the silence. I did not .'want
to Inflict my troubles on others or to
add anything .to the world's sorrow.
"The name Isolina is Italian and it
means alone. I - have \u25a0 always been
Alone, blind, deaf and — poor! Could
life present a. more discouraging situa
r-v- ; ..... -.• \
tlon? The thought Is appalling to
those who can. see /and hear. ' Most,
people would give up in sheer despaLr. *
Not bo with Isolina. "Life .tried to
crush me," she said, "but I came up
every time. I will not let it -down .
me." And in spite of the tremendous
handicap she has. won out.
There Is a law -. ot equivalents — or
maybe , it is • compensation • T - which -
keeps" the balance true. - Somewhere '
within the soul abide potential qual
ities that determine all that we are
or may become. Environment and op- v
jortunity serve as the immediate fac
tors to bring out or bury beneath the ,
rubbish of worthless, accumulation the
jewel, of .personalfty: that : makes one
individual ' different i from another.
Though almost bereft of the active \u25a0
\u25a0fajculties for obtaining knowledge, Iso- "
Una has developed an ; Intuitive ' sight :
and hearing^ a .subconscious faculty, of i
extended perception that- has r enabled,
her to sense that outer.' world to which-,
s^eis almost- alien, and it has kept -
•her- singularly free from -taint ; of sus
picion . and wrong \thlnkingr. She has
created for; herself an ideal world and*
peopled it with Ideal : people. Often
she Is v hurt, but she Is never resent
ful.•\u25a0-\u25a0'. "Life Is so big. and God is so
good, why should not" I, < too, forgive,
any wrong?" .-\u2666 Such is her attitude, v .
\u25a0 Isolina is a passionate lover 'of. na- \u25a0>
ture, but : naturp to her means sllenca.
Sh« .has no actual consciousness 'of
sound. ' "I hear sounds with my soul,"
she quaintly remarked. "I have often
wondered .what, a bird's song might
be like; . I think I 'could imitate it
without ever hearing it. Once I watched
a chipmunk at play. It came'to niy
mind .to call f 'Chip, chip, chip.' An" ar
tist friend -was with me."; She asked.
'How'dld you know the sound the chip
munk' makes?' I had. never heard it.'
. I made tlie sound. I thought It' was
making.". . :.->. .
In temperament Isolina Is as- exotlo
asa tropical bird. Her colortones are
\u25a0extravagantly startling— -bizarre. She
is of Italian-French parentage. . In
\u25a0 many \u25a0 ways ; she Is not what 'would \b«
called "grown up." She is as frankly
ingenuous as aehlld< in her display of
emotion,: but beneath the -Joyous ex
terior, is -depth -and- a capacity for even
tragic suffering." With hearing she
might have -been an actress of abil
ity, a musician or dancer. She has
; undoubted \u25a0 literary talent and a ca
" paclty : for copious verse making, ex
pressing, in these \u25a0 productions " a sad
ness and longing which seem to^be the 1
keynote of her Inner life.
\u25a0 When^ asked how she ; happened to
- become:; a model she replied: ; "What
else could I do? ; I.flrst posed to oblige
a' friend who was disappointed inUa,
I professional model. ; . She ; found me' be t
'ter than the regular model\and"l con->
tlnued to pose for her. "My fltst prisfes
slonal work was for Miss
Hasßcoai«. I posed . for man-y : <Jf \u25a0\u25a0the
' f ezna]« figures In her lllustratioa; of!
the Rnbalyat of Omar Khayyam. 1 \u25a0 I".
mi her model exclusively. .;for."! the
"Browning Sonnets, the plates of .which
tw«re destroyed in the" earthexuake/:-". \u25a0
. "It lias .not always been easy ; f or.Vme.
At flart tt Was very hard wor^.. ln.it he
ftaanclal panlo of 1907 I was fa;'Lo3
. Angalsa. I came near staryatlort." Th*".
artists I had, been working .for : .'couldt
\u25a0not fell pictures and so they' had -no
money to nJfcr* models. I couldnlt.'fln.fl-'
«ny work. I -was in debt.- had.'. no'
jmonfly, no fire, was cold and hungry
all of tha tlma. I thought I must givo
up. I put my head down -on ny arms
' and erled. : Ail at once something bnb
bl«d vp Inside of me and I began to see
hoiw foolish I was. I had no shoes.
It was raining. I borrowed 23 cents,
w«nt down to the Salvation Army store
and bought mo a pair, and. l kept'goinff
until I found some work to do." \u25a0*•"•..*•
Asked if sbs would advise a girl, tt
take tip tha work' as a means of earn*.
ing her living, sho answereQ: ' ,• •
"If she has a good figure and doesn't
mind tedious work.'it "laa good cccv-
Bation. There Is money in' it^ It If
better paid than m<nrc occupations for
women. But' she must have a love for'
her art. People- nave very erroneous
ideas about models. A girl can p6ser
as a model 'and keep. her honor and'
purity. Artists are not men to take
advantage of a model. They are- men
of high Ideals, absorbed tn their work,
and a model who respects herself and
brings her own Ideals into the- Ufa she
lives can render them" valuable assist
"It is not by any means an easy oc«,
cupation. Keeping still for 25 minutcj
at a time ls'hard work.' The work re
qnlrcs concentration and I have to en
ter Into harmony with the ideal the ai
tlst wishes to express. I always find
the last few sittings very hard- It
wears me out, physically and mentally,
'and as soon as I am through I bay«
to taki a stsJ

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