Meet Canadian Model, Photographer, & Student: Julia Spencer Stephanie Moore April 7, 2017 Culture, Fashion, Herstory in the Making, Models, Visual 911 Tweet Share91 Share Email WhatsAppShares 91Canadian resident, Julia Spencer, is a rising triple threat: a freelance model, photographer, and full-time student. When it comes to her modeling career, not only does Julia intend to bring trend to the industry, but she hopes to bring knowledge, innovation, and positivity as well. In this modern day modeling industry, many are starting to call out agencies and brands for the lack of diversity, as well as the use of cultural appropriation. Julia, along with many other groundbreaking, rising models, are making it their mission to ensure that diversity is a prominent theme of the modeling industry. When Julia isn’t being the #GirlBoss she already is, she is also a brand affiliate for several local brands and photographers. “I hope to bring knowledge, innovation, positivity and trend to this industry. I love fashion and everything that is on trend, but I think that knowledge and written or oral word is important for this industry as well.” Full Name: Julia Spencer Occupation: Freelance Model/ Sales Associate Star Sign: Aries Where are you from and where do you live now? I am from a smaller town in the Niagara area, and currently live in downtown Toronto. What are you into? I am very into fitness and my schooling. I have been working out fairly heavily for months now and it has become a huge passion of mine. Of course like everyone else I have times where I feel like I don’t want to go to the gym, but on average I am excited to go. I am also extremely into my schooling, in terms of my grades and the things I am involved in. What else do you do? I also spend a lot of my time doing photography, I have been a photographer for a few events and i have done food shots for a restaurant’s Instagram page as well. I enjoy both modelling and photography. I am also a full time student, so that takes up the majority of my time. What’s important to you? Equality among genders and acceptance of everyone. In a perfect world, equality among genders would have already been achieved years ago. It absolutely kills me that there are still millions and millions of women all around the world who are still being discriminated against, marginalized and belittled because they are a woman. It deeply saddens me that while I am living freely, my fellow woman on the other side of the world or even around the corner from me is not having the same experience as I am. Women’s rights are extremely important to me. The acceptance of everyone means literally anyone, I want for transgender people to stop feeling that they cannot live their desired and rightful life. I am tired of people judging one another, it is important for me to surround myself with people who are inclusive, and for me to remind myself and others to be inclusive even when it’s difficult. “I think that beauty is every size, and an agency and designer should be looking for people who represent their brand regardless of their size. I believe your look is your look, you don’t need to be a certain size to have your own look or personal vibe.” Favorite Song? This is really difficult, I am going to have to narrow it down to two, Biggie Smalls “Want that old thing back” and David Bowie’s “China Girl.” I am all over the map when it comes to music, but currently i have been listening to a lot of rap. More life and HNDRXX have been on repeat in my apartment as of late. What scares you most? I am scared of deep water and drowning. What’s a skill you wish you possessed? I wish i could sing!! This is something that I’ve always wanted to do, I wish i was born a naturally beautiful singer, I would have to go take lessons for me to even be close to a “decent” signer. What’s your secret obsession? Cacti, I have 6 cacti in my apartment right now and that is not enough. Favorite books? My favourite book is a feminist book called “Cunt” which is described as a declaration of independence written by Betty Dodson. Best fashion moment? Opening my Rihanna FENTY silver pink slides. Seriously that entire line is lifechanging. Favorite Word? Any swear word really. What pisses you off? When people choose to be ignorant, or when people find pleasure in knocking someone else down a few pegs. Education is important, ignorance in 2017 isn’t something that is replied well to in society. I do not feel comfortable in a space where someone is using politically incorrect terms or is making a racist or discriminatory statement. We as a society need to watch and weigh our words as they have weight and meaning attached to them. Favorite Brand? VerityAnne Clothing @verityanneclothing, I love this brand because of the colours and the fabrics. I am LOVING pink right now and satin, which VerityAnne has lots of. I also love that they are made and designed in the UK. ZARA and Victoria’s Secret are the two popular retail brands that I love. I love Zara because they are reasonably priced, up to trend and their clothing is very good quality. Victoria’s Secret is a game changer for me, my family has been buying their bras and panties for years. I love Victoria’s Secret the most because of what they do for women and how they make women feel. It is a gift to be able to make a woman feel sexy and confident. What fictional character do you relate to the most? Tinkerbell. Tinkerbell is sassy and knows exactly what she wants and is not afraid to protect what is hers. What celebrity do you have a crush on? Honestly, Mindy Kaling…. Or Robert Downey Jr. What inspires you most? My family inspires me the most, each member of my family inspire me for different reasons. My mom is extreme successful in her life and has overcome things that i wouldn’t dream to overcome. I look up to my mom more than anyone because she has been there for me through the hardest parts of my life and has taught me to be confident and positive. My dad is very smart, he has always been very inquisitive and good with numbers. He has inspired me to continue to work extremely hard in school and my professional life. My sister is also someone who inspires me greatly, she has an extensive background of knowledge on Indigenous peoples, and Women’s Rights, and issues. She has taught me to not only be politically correct and understand societal problems, she has taught to be appreciate learning about these topics and has helped me to advocate for both Indigenous peoples and women on a daily basis. Ignorance is not bliss when it comes to these topics and many others- being aware and educated is one of the best things you can do for yourself. In addition to our fun background interview with Miss Julia, we decided to delve into the history of her modeling career, as well as her take on some of the crippling issues in the modeling industry and her future plans. Q: When did you first start modeling? A: Ha! This question makes me laugh because I have always wanted to have my picture taken, or to have an audience my entire life. It wasn’t until I was about 13 that I really made my first actual step into modelling. I was signed at Orange Models Toronto. This unfortunately did not work for me and put a stop to my modelling aspirations for a while. My first year of University has really been the time that I have taken off into freelance modelling, hence this interview. Being on my own in the city that I love has inspired me to really start working on things that make me happy. Q: How has your career expanded since then? A: Since September, I have worked with a few different brands and a few different photographers. My following on my Instagram page as also increased greatly. The last expansion I’ve taken part in is creating discount codes for my followers for products or companies that have reached out to me or have responded to me. My career has expanded to my Facebook page as well, I recently made a Facebook page where the majority of my writing will be home to. Q: Given the nature of the modeling industry today, what diversity do you hope to bring to this industry? A: I hope to bring knowledge, innovation, positivity and trend to this industry. I love fashion and everything that is on trend, but I think that knowledge and written or oral word is important for this industry as well. Since modelling is such a competitive industry, the most successful make very large amounts of money. These models also have a large amount of fans or followers, so “why not use that popularity for a good cause,” doing photoshoots and campaigns for important issues, includes both fashion and modelling. But, it also includes knowledge and positivity. Positivity is also something I hope to bring to this industry, as many people take life too seriously and judge before they think of the positives. I want my Instagram page and all of my social media to reflect positive opinions and attitudes. Q: Are you affiliated with any brands or companies? A: I am affiliated with a few brands and photographers. I have worked with a few local photographers in the Toronto area, I will include their Instagram usernames: @VisualSlxyer, @flex.effex, @thisistheok, and the co-owner of GINCLOTHING, @_ryanwoodworth. I have worked with brands as well, primarily @GINCLOTHING, this brand is absolutely fantastic and the owners are both such amazing young men. I have also worked with @thepalm.co, @dontbuyainti, @barbasandzarcari, @smileymileywhites and @carousell.ca. A post shared by GINCLOTHING© (@ginclothing) on Feb 27, 2017 at 5:23pm PST Q: Where do you see yourself five, if not, ten years from now? A: I see myself being either a reintegration officer in a federal correctional facility in Canada or being a corporate lawyer or crown prosecutor. I also see myself engaging heavily in social media during this time, and having my Instagram page be what I dream of it to be. I also see myself maybe having a vlog channel on YouTube. Q: Aside from modeling, are there any other talents that you have? A: My other main talents are: photography, visuals, marketing and public speaking. I took drama all throughout my secondary education and became very comfortable in front of a crowd which has served me well throughout the years. One of my biggest talents is to be able to get up in front of a crowd and speak while feeling comfortable and confident. Q: Were there any moments in your childhood that connect with your career today? A: My mum always tells that when I was younger I dressed myself, from the age that I could decide what I wanted I was dressing myself. She told me that I would walk out of the house in my dress up heels and a swimming cap. I have always been interested in fashion, but also being able to strut around and gain the attention of my audience, in this case my mum. hahaha Q: If you were given ONE opportunity to walk the runway for one brand, who would it be? A: Balenciaga! Their clothing is beautiful and their models are diverse and beautiful as well. Q: What’s something that you consider to be challenging when it comes to being a model? A: Your size! This is something that is a HUGE challenge for most, if not all aspiring models. A size 0, although appealing to most agencies, is very very difficult to either get down to or maintain. Most women who are a size 0 were born relatively thin, giving them the advantage. But for most, including myself, a size 4 is comfortable and healthy. I am more than happy with my size, i am happy at any size. That is a challenge in this industry because there have still not been many changes towards a more equal playing field for modelling. I think that beauty is every size, and an agency and designer should be looking for people who represent their brand regardless of their size. I believe your look is your look, you don’t need to be a certain size to have your own look or personal vibe. Another thing that is difficult when it comes to modelling is accepting your features for what they are and using them to your advantage. I think that models should have quirks, they should all be different. Q: What is one funny/silly moment you’ve had in your modelling career? A: I’d have to say the awkward silent moments at photoshoots. There are different moods to a photoshoot, some have high energy and lots going on and some don’t. The particular shoot i was in did not have high energy at all, and I found myself making jokes and trying to make the energy higher which ended up making me look silly. No regrets though! Laughing off an awkward situation is usually my save and grace. Q: What are your thoughts on cultural appropriation and diversity in the modeling industry? A: I think that all cultures are beautiful in their own way, all cultures and backgrounds have something different to offer. I think that incorporating parts of other cultures in modelling is important, whether that be adopting traditional colours into a line or any other adaptations. I think that cultural appropriation is an issue when it is misappropriated. I think that cultures should be celebrated and used as a lens in modelling when used correctly. Racism and other discriminatory attitudes come about when a brand or designer has misappropriated a culture. Diversity in the modelling industry is essential, period. Every single ethnicity, culture, place of origin, background etc. should be represented in the modelling industryClick To Tweet for the same reasons as stated above, everyone has something to offer, the more diverse models are, the more they have to offer and the more types of models will be available for shoots. Q: What are your plans for 2017? A: My plans for 2017 is growth and expansion. I hope to grow my all of my social media accounts and work with some brands and other photographers who I can stand behind and support. In 2017 I would love to expand my wardrobe and become more knowledgeable about fashion and designers. I also plan in 2017 to write, a lot and share with people the things that interest me and bother me. Q: What would you like your supporters to know? A: I know that I have a long way to go. People are very judgemental and assume those who are on a path and have goals are overconfident, and some people view my dreams and modelling in general as narcissistic. I want my supporters to know that my interest in modelling comes from a genuine passion for modelling, art and fashion. I think that modelling is art and want to be involved in art as much as possible in my lifetime.