Which agency are you with? Have you got a link to your portfolio and stats?
I get this question a lot. I think perhaps a lot of people assume from my Instagram bio that I am an Instagram model (because most bloggers who also refer to themselves as models are Instamodels) but this is not the case with me.
I was scouted when I was 20 by the modelling agency Sugarbabes and had a contract with them for about one and a half years before I decided that it was not the agency for me for various reasons. I ended the contract and decided to do freelance modelling until I found another agency. But being a freelance model suited my lifestyle so well so that I did not even actively try to find another agency. Because I am on the path of becoming a solicitor and I work full time as a paralegal and do the blogging on the side, there is not much time for going to castings or doing mid week modelling jobs. With the freelance work, it gives me the flexibility that I need. I have built up a great relationship with many industry professionals, so they now contact me directly and I can thereafter decide whether the job will fit into my schedule.
I therefore do not have an online portfolio, and my pictures and stats can be provided on request.
What has been your most memorable modelling shot?
I have had many amazing photoshoots, but I think the most memorable one is my first one with Kryolan, filming the Ultra Foundation advert. Everything from the make up to the gown I wore was just amazing!
Hello. What do you use for your skin daily?
I do not have a particular daily skin routine, although with the new year arriving I have decided to take better care of my skin because although I have good skin now, a bad routine in my younger years will most definitely affect my skin’s appearance long term. I have for a while been looking at Zagora‘s Moroccan beauty products. They are completely natural, and this is something that I want to introduce my skin to, because I have previously used products which has all kinds of nasties in them. I think my skin is the happiest when I use natural products which are not too harsh on the skin.
I understand from your blog that you are a feminist. How will this show when you start working as a solicitor?
Being a feminist is so deeply rooted in everything that I do that I do not think people will note a considerable difference in my behaviour when I become a solicitor. I believe in equality of men and women, and I believe in women being offered the same treatment and opportunities as men. I will implement these views in whatever employment I have.
Working in family law, I have noticed many shortcomings in how the law treats men and women differently, especially when it comes to custody of children and finances. There is an assumed role of the man as the breadwinner and the woman as the natural carer. While this is something that I would like to see changed, being a solicitor does not mean that I can change the law. I have to use the law as it currently stands to provide justice to my clients. And as a feminist this is of course what I will aim to do.
Have you decided where you want to live for the future Julia?
This is a hard one… I love London and I think London will always be my base. But I also have dreams of living in Paris and L.A. at some point. The only thing I know for a fact is that I want to retire in the Caribbean (preferably Curacao or Jamaica).
What do you do to stay in shape?
Nothing haha! I don’t go to the gym, or do any real exercise. I do eat quite well though, 90% plant based, lots of lentil salads, healthy soups, vegan curries etc. so perhaps that is why I look like I am in fairly good shape. Although I do actually want to start working out again, so any if anyone is a PT, get at me!
Best club in London?
This is an easy one. Maddox, no doubt.
What advices would you give to someone who would like to get into modelling?
Stay true to yourself and what you believe in. Modelling is a very harsh and competitive industry. It is important to not take shit or to do something you do not feel comfortable with. I have many times been pushed to do lingerie shoots, but I take pride in the fact that I have made a lot of money from my face (with my clothes on). Another piece of advice is to know your limits. I am not a runway model nor a high fashion model, therefore I have not wasted time going to castings where those kind of models have been requested. I know my strength lies in beauty modelling and that is what I have stuck to. It is good challenge the norm, but there are so many subcategories of modelling that it makes sense to stick with what you do best and can make the most money out of!