Risa was shot exclusively for MODELS.com by Rachel Rebibo, with styling by Sophie Ostrowska, hair by Yumiko Hikage @ N Management, and makeup by Jill Joujon. Special thanks to Clementine Leduc.


Risa Bellak

Oui Management (Paris)
Muse Management (New York)
MP Management (Milan)
Trend Model Management (Barcelona)
Also with: Immortal Model Management (mother agency)
The Squad (London)



Place of Origin:
I grew up in New Baltimore, Michigan. It’s a small waterfront community on the coast of Lake St. Clair.

Ethnic Origin:
I’m adopted, so I don’t know all of my genealogy; what I do know, I am Yugoslavian and Scandinavian

Peace seeking Libra

How discovered:
I was scouted a few times growing up, but took my mom’s advice and chose to pursue my education. A few years later, I was scouted again while I was in school and figured 3rd time’s a charm. I submitted online to a few agencies and ended up signing with my previous mother agency in Chicago.

Favorite things:
The number 3, all things disturbing, music, and style or lack thereof. Conformity is for the close minded. I am an individual; I’m happiest when I can be my strange and quirky self.

What are you listening to at the moment?
Lately it’s been a lot of classic rock and metal like ACDC, Alice in Chains, Black Sabbath, Motörhead, and Ramones. But my usual playlist includes Marilyn Manson, The Used, Misfits, Korn, and The Offspring. I like mainly hard rock, heavy metal, punk rock, and post-hardcore.

Favorite movie, tv show:
My top movies include the original Halloween Saga, House of 1000 Corpses, and Insidious. My top tv shows are AHS, Bates Motel, Broad City, and the unfortunate guilty pleasure… The Vampire Diaries. I know, so basic. But what girl doesn’t like a vampire love triangle that includes Ian Somerhalder?

Favorite designer, fragrance or beauty product:
Alexander Wang is my favorite designer of the moment. His collections embody my love of gothic silhouettes, hard rock and heavy metal. Calvin Klein One is my favorite fragrance; I have a serious gender neutral obsession. As far as a favorite beauty product, I don’t really have one… but I definitely love a good black eyeliner.

What would you be doing if you weren’t modeling?
If I weren’t modeling I would be studying; It’s super dorky, but I love structure and knowledge. I would also be traveling and attending as many concerts as possible. What’s life without good music, questionable choices, and crazy memories.

What’s something uncool that you love anyway?
What is “cool” though?… Anything is cool if you enjoy it.

Favorite modeling experience so far?
Well I’m still fairly new, but I am in the June issue of Numéro France which is pretty awesome. I have also been shooting some other amazing editorials, so I’m pretty hyped for them to come out this summer.

Which brand would you really love to model for?
It’s hard to choose just one, but my top choices would have to be Alexander Wang, Marc Jacobs, YSL, and Louis Vuitton.

Place you would love to visit:
The inner depths of Marilyn Manson’s mind. All hail the Pale Emperor.

Currently you’re obsessed with/about:
Self-discovery, and fruit. Seriously, two-thirds of my diet consists of it.