From Black Voices — When most people think about models, the image of a pretty face with a blank stare, often come to mind. But plus-sized model Julie Henderson is living proof that beauty and brains can go hand-in-hand. After attending the prestigious University of Notre Dame and a variety of high-profile corporate jobs, Julie made the leap into a successful plus-size modeling career, signing with the Wilhelmina agency and working with brands like L’Oreal, TargetAvenue, and H&M.

The 6’1” stunner recently spoke to Black Voices about the perception of plus-size models, bullying, and her charity work as founder of Curves for Change, an organization that seeks to create self-esteem in women of all sizes. 

How did you get your start modeling?

As a kid, I dreamt of being an Olympic basketball player and fighter pilot. I was a big tomboy. Modeling was never on my radar. It wasn’t until I stopped playing basketball that my best friend — who attended Notre Dame with me — forced me into a modeling agency, and that’s when it all began. I drove to New York City with $200 in my pocket and nowhere to live, but somehow I found a way to make it.

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  • Bukky

    Is this plus size?i dont think so.SMH

  • binks

    Great interview and very pretty. But I can’t believe people consider this plus size! She looks no more than a size 12!

    • fraulein17

      size 12?!?!?! not even. she looks thinner than me and i’m a 7.

      and if she WAS a size 12 then that IS plus size as far i’m concerned + meaning over size 9 am i right?

  • Interested

    She is gorgeous!

  • For those of you who say she isn’t plus size, you’ve got to remember that she’s 6’1″. I’m 6′ tall and a size 16 but when you see me in pictures or out and about all dressed up, I don’t look bigger than a 10. Being tall makes a HUGE difference.