Iselin Vollen Steiro grew up in Harstad, Norway, which is located in the northern regions of the country. When Iselin was approached by the first of two modeling scouts in London, her mother quickly answered, “Over my dead body.” Iselin went on a modeling shoot after she was headhunted by the second scout, and although her father initially disapproved of the career, he changed his mind after going on the shoot with her. Iselin then ended up signing with Team Models in Oslo, which is still considered her mother agency.
In 2003, Iselin’s modeling career really hit its stride. Her look quickly became one that was eagerly embraced by high-fashion and during her first season as a model, Iselin walked the runway for both Calvin Klein and Prada.
After her career took off in Europe, Iselin moved to New York and started being represented by Women Model Management, which is also home to Carmen Kass, Caroline Ribeiro and Isabeli Fontana. It was in New York where Iselin’s career really took flight. Since the move she has appeared in ads for adidas, Benetton, Paul and Joe, Aquascutum, Jil Stuart, Hugo Boss Orange Label, Just Cavalli, Balenciaga, Gucci, Dolce & Gabbana, Loewe, Versace, and Chanel. Not only does Iselin model for some of the most famous designers in the world, but she is also privileged to have many of the world’s most renowned photographers — such as Steven Meisel, Craig McDean, Mario Sorrenti, David Sims, Mert Alas, and Marcus Piggot — clambering to take her pictures.
In 2007, Iselin made the choice to put modeling aside for a time in order to pursue an education at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology. She moved back to Norway and is planning to receive her degree in engineering and architecture. She has also been linked to Norwegian actor Per Danielsen.