Julia Mayer

Julia Mayer

Julia is a thirteen-year-old half-Brazilian model, based in Barcelona, and represented by Sugar Kids. She seems to stick to Europe for her sessions and  Pitti Bimbo-type runway events – and has worked for a very large number of brands and photographers, despite her tender years. This is meant to be an homage to the model: and so the Massimo Dutti/Gina Kim/Isa Battaglin/Lilly Kruk/Gabito Rohh/Esperanza Moya etc., etc., photographers that have snapped her won’t get individual credit – I realise very clearly that without their expertise her beauty and character wouldn’t have been so well represented – but I hope they understand.

First, just simple portraits showing her inimitable features: a relatively long face, perfect (short) eyebrows, and the slightly different eye shapes that seem to be de rigueur for top models:

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…the features would almost be too sharp, if it wasn’t for a lovely head of hair, the large, beautiful eyes, full-ish lips, and ever-present smile. Here she is from a few years ago – when she was almost too pretty, and the features that now enable her to stand out from the crowd were less visible:

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Over the (few) years she’s been modelling, she’s already been the subject of some classics:

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….tho’ strangely, unlike the KPims and Thylanes, she doesn’t often get a namecheck from reposters and repinners. This is usually just acknowledged with the name of the photographer, Esperanza Moya:

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….or reductively as just “Boho chick”. Here are some of my favourites:

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Reading her Facebook (image link below) and Instagram feeds gives you some idea of the person: she seems to make a point of palling up with the Russian models at international fashion events, not just sticking to the ones that speak Portuguese, Spanish or English – a nice quality. She even shares a blog with Vera Babkina – tho’ Vera is also based in Barcelona (albeit with a different agency). She (or maybe her Mum) also namechecks her photographers as often as possible – and she’s often snapped with them as well. She’s got a very close family, and by the number of shots of her with books (always wearing sensible glasses) you feel she’s quite academic – or at least likes reading. I’d give her a very good chance of continuing to be successful as she matures –  but I wouldn’t be at all surprised if she had in mind a completely different career:

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