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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