After telling Tyra and the judges that she wanted to learn about modelling so she could become an apparel manufacturer, Julie was eliminated from the competition. Here, she explains her comments, gives her impression of the whole Cassie/bulimia thing, and more!
Hi Julie! Last night you said that you were using modelling as a launch pad for a different career. Could you explain your comments in a bit more detail please?
Wow! Okay, what I actually said was that I wanted to learn more about modelling because I wanted to get into apparel manufacturing AND also modelling. I do want to become a model! Of course I want to learn as much as I can about the industry so I can accomplish both of these things.
Did you realize the moment those words left your lips that you were a goner?
No, that was the smartest move ever! Seriously, it was like I heard myself say I wanted to get into manufacturing and I was thinking, “Why am I talking? Why did I say that?” I didn’t want to cover anything up and I was trying to be honest, but I guess that’s not what they wanted to hear.
What was the most valuable thing you learned while on the show?
I gained a true sense of self from the show. You know, you just have to stick to being you. That’s what got me on the show in the first place, being myself.
Do you plan to continue modelling now?
Yeah, I do. I still plan to do both modelling and manufacturing.
What are your thoughts on the situation with Cassie and her eating disorder?
Oh, that whole thing was totally blown out of proportion. Amanda is great you know, she’s the free-spirited, hippy woman in the group. But Cassie wasn’t looking for a counsellor, she just wanted to talk.
I was part of that conversation – Cassie talked to Amanda and me about it. And she said that sometimes when she goes to bed, if she feels too full she goes and throws up because she can’t sleep. I’m disappointed that Amanda said anything to the other girls. I know she was trying to help Cassie and not hurt her, because she’s just not like that. But I understand where Cassie is coming from. She wants to be thin, and I don’t think she really has an ‘eating disorder’.
You seemed disappointed with your makeover. Was there anything you wanted them to do differently?
I wasn’t disappointed! I laughed because I was saying that they’re not doing too much with me, but then I realized that it was a compliment! All the other girls were getting worked over, but I didn’t have to have that much work done.
And you know, someone said on the show that I only have one look. Well that’s the only look I need!
For sure, and you don’t want to come out looking all weird with bleached-blond hair or what-have-you.
Yeah, I don’t want to be the Indian RuPaul!
What advice would you like to pass along to other young East Indian girls who want to pursue modelling?
Go for it! Indians are some of the most beautiful people in the world; why not show that off?
Thanks for your time today Julie, and best of luck to you!
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