“It’s an exciting creative environment which I love.”
Julie, can you tell us a bit about yourself. How did you become a model? Did you get scouted or did you submit your photos to your agency or something else? I am based in Southampton, England, you’ll usually see me rocking around in cowboy boots a leather jacket and my fave black hat. My modelling started after I managed to get myself published in FHM, this led on to various other magazine spreads and publications. I really enjoy travelling to different locations and meeting new teams for every shoot I’m involved in. It’s an exciting creative environment which I love.
Tell us about the type of modeling you are doing—domestic, international, runway, commercial, editorial, etc., and what type of modeling do you enjoy most? I have been involved in a variety of different genres including hair and beauty, fashion and the odd bit of glamour. Fashion is my passion although it’s great to do a range it keeps it fresh and interesting.
What do you love most about being a model? And, what do you least enjoy? I am very creative and I love everything about modelling… the make up the styling the locations, the great people you get to work with.. I can’t find a negative although sometimes endless posing can often leave you with awesome muscle aches like you’ve been working out but that’s proof you’ve done a good job right?.. Ha!
How often are you modeling and what does it usually consist of? I am modelling very regularly and have been involved in some fashion editorials for publications and some hair and beauty work recently. I am looking forward to this year’s new projects!!
You have an amazing portfolio and you have worked on so many projects as a model. Which of the projects you have worked on are you most proud of and why? It’s always awesome to see your work published so I’m always very excited when new publications come out, I was also over the moon to be published in a book this year too which is very exciting.
What do you find the most challenging part about working as a model? And looking back, what was the hardest? The early starts, the long hours and the hard graft but it’s always worth it. The hardest shoots are always on location sometimes in extreme temperatures and zero home comforts but you have to stay focused to get results which can be hard.
Julie, what’s going through your mind when you’re modeling in front of the camera? Interesting question… often I’ll be modelling and in my head thinking.. “hell no what was that face I just pulled..?? that’s gonna be superbad”.. but often the expressions you fear are the best. You can’t be a one face wonder in this business you have to pull stupid faces… sometimes it looks great. Other times.. the back of the cameras just make you crease up.
What do you look for in photographers that you would do trade with? It’s great when photographers are enthusiastic and have a real passion for what they do.. A positive, friendly environment with a good sense of humour really helps get results.
Are there any models in the industry you look up to? I have always loved Kate Moss. She’s all kinds of awesome. She’s always had a unique style where she doesn’t look like she’s modelling… effortlessly cool and also very rock n roll. A style icon and inspiration.
Who’s your favorite photographer you’ve done a shoot with and why? Woah that’s tricky.. It’s hard to pick just one. I have a few favourites. All their styles are very different though so it’s really hard to compare. It’s hard to single just one out as there have been soooo many great moments, I feel honoured to have worked with some incredibly talented and creative photographers.
In your opinion, is there anything you would change about the modeling industry if you could? As we’ve seen in the news recently it’s incredibly important that models are kept healthy and not risking their health so the new rules regarding BMI’s and modelling in France are positive. Body shaming is unacceptable. Negative body image will always be around, people will always have different opinions and tastes, it’s a strange world we live in as there seems to be more negativity from women on women’s appearances than from guys. This needs to stop.
What was the best advice ever been given to you? Try not to care too much about what others think of you. People spend too much time worrying about what other people think. You only have one life, stop wasting it, worrying. The less you worry the happier you’ll be.
Do you have any advice to girls who want to get into modeling? It’s a great industry to be involved in and really enjoyable. Its hard graft and not always as glamorous as it seems but always worth it. Your hearts really got to be in it if you want to succeed.
How would you define the word “beauty?” Beauty is being the most awesome version of yourself on the inside and out… It’s not all about aesthetics… Imperfections can sometimes be the most beautiful things.
Do you have skin routine? What are your favorite beauty products / what is always carried in your purse? Moisturiser, moisturiser, moisturiser. It’s key in keeping your skin in good shape.
My luxury item has to be anything by Nip + Fab, premium skincare for everyday problems at everyday prices. My favourites are their No Needle Fix Serum and Frown Fix. They are like botox without the needles!!! WIN!
What role does social media play in your career? It’s very important to keep yourself in the public eye, so social media is a great portal for marketing yourself. I’m not one of those selfie posting models… I like to post new work and keep people updated on what I’m doing and fun stuff and will often take a behind the scenes shot at shoots but endless vain selfies I find hard to tolerate.
Is there anything you’d like to do in the future? Someone you’d like to work with or something you’d like to accomplish? Well what model doesn’t want to be on the cover of Vogue… Hell, I can dream right? Ha! I’d also love to get into acting.
Where can readers get connected with your and see more of your work?
How does your family feel about you modeling? They are always interested in what I’m up to and love to see my work when it gets published.
When you’re not busy modeling, what are some of your favorite things to do? How do you relax? I am a massive movie fan, so whether its rocking it down to the cinema or curling up at home with a movie and a selection of badass snacks…Then I’m a happy girl.
What is the last book you’ve read? The God Delusion – Richard Dawkins.
Tell us one thing about yourself people might find surprising. My diet mostly consists of crisps and chocolate… FACT.
Thank you, Julie.
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