He’s a surfer, a super-fit donut lover and a down-to-earth model.
If he isn't surfing then you might find him CrossFit training, modelling or playing rugby. Whatever he’s doing, this guy is giving it his all. Grab a refreshment and pull up a chair as we take a dive into the wonderful world of Isaiah.
Hey Isaiah! First things first. Where did this fantastic name come from?
My name Isaiah comes from the bible.
So tell us a little about you, your family, where you grew up and where you live now.
I am half Fijian as my father is from Fiji and my mum is Australian. I was born in Tweed Heads. I have lived around a few places from out in the bush in Kooralbyn and Beaudesert to up in central Queensland in a little beach town called Yeppoon, but I’m currently living on the Gold Coast in Tugun, the best place on the coast.
What brought you into the world of modelling?
I came across modelling randomly one day I saw Culture Kings was advertising a model search. I turned up to the audition and had to strike a few poses in front of the camera. It was definitely one of the most nerve wracking things I’ve done considering I had never modelled before. There was a whole line of people waiting to audition watching me pose in front of a camera. But eventually I got a call back and started doing a few gigs with them.
What has been your favourite modelling job so far and why?
My favourite so far would be the studio shoots with Culture Kings. I feel like I learnt a lot from those shoots early in my career which has definitely helped me to become quite experienced and feel super relaxed around the camera. I feel like those shoots shaped me as a model as it got me out of my comfort zone and showed me what I am capable of.
We’ve seen from your socials that you’re a surfer and a fan of CrossFit - what is your all-time favourite activity?
I love surfing I find it super enjoyable and I love CrossFit - so much so coach I it part time at a gym in Currumbin. Between surfing on weekends and training CrossFit through the week I also play rugby union at Bond university. Over all I just enjoy having an active life style and keeping my body moving.
Let’s talk dreams for a minute. If money was no object, where and how would you spend your days?
If I had the financial means I would be trying to chasing my dream of becoming an athlete in CrossFit and rugby union. I would put my everything into being a full time athlete - eat, sleep, train, repeat.
We can’t help but notice your killer tatts. What was your inspiration behind them?
My left arm is designed from traditional Fijian patterns that were found on mats that my family game me. It represents my heritage and who I am. My right arm is a design I really resonated with full of patterns that I like. My chest piece also consists of it - cool patterns mixed with an Egyptian scarab beetle which is a symbol of death, rebirth, great power and guide and protecter in the afterlife.
What do you think is the number one most important issue of your time?
An important issue I’m passionate about is climate change, if we don’t start giving back to Mother Nature we won’t have much of a world left to call home.
You recently worked on a shoot with Life Apparel. Were there any moments that stood out?
I really enjoyed the face painting component of the shoot. It was so awesome as I’ve never done anything like that and I just felt like the photos they took had so much raw feeling and culture in them. I thought it was an incredibly powerful way to convey the message.
Last question, just for fun. If you were a type of food, what would you be?
I would for sure be a doughnut, I love them they’re the best food hands down. I even have one tattooed on my leg.
Any final thoughts?
I would like to thank Life Apparel, I had really good time shooting with them and would be eager to participate in another shoot sometime.
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