#ModelCrushMonday: Julia Campbell Gillies

I will admit: Julia Campbell Gillies from Storm Models started out as my #ModelCrushMonday because I fell in love with her face. She looks like the best bits of every decade. There’s a bit of Jane Morris in there (wife of William Morris, and mega-muse to the Pre-Raphaelites):

There’s also rather a lot of ‘ultimate 70’s babe I would like to be reincarnated as’ about her, which many photographers have obviously also been inspired by:

Pic by Rui Faria, from the Storm Models site

And one I’ve no doubt she gets utterly bored of: Milly Ringwald

Pic: Google Image

So she’s cool. She has a ridiculously incredible face and a clear talent for not-modelling modelling, in which she just connects with the camera and the mood of the shot without seemingly to put any effort in (something I always need to try to do).

Pic: Julia’s Instagram

But then I did some research, and it turns out that she has a lot to say, too. For example, Julia is very fussy about whom she works with and the message she puts out (something in common here with Jehovah’s Witness Coco Rocha). After studying art direction at Condé Nast, she’s also very conscious of the male gaze and ensuring that she looks and feels empowered in the shoots she does. Especially after appearing in some shoots she regrets. I definitely remember struggling to marry my feminism with my work, so I can definitely identify there.

Quite frankly when I read interviews with her I am pretty astounded by her keen intelligence and thoughtfulness, and originality. I think that comes across in all of her pictures, which is why she’s so successful and booked for who she is as well as what she looks like.


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