Julia Banas, a model from Czestochowa, scouted in her school corridor on her way to the class. Soon after that she went on the shooting campaign for Gucci with Mert and Marcus and walked for Miu Miu in Paris. She appeared in Vogue, Elle and K MAG covers. She received an award for „The Biggest Talent Glamour 2015”. She bumps up on over the world.
Julia was 17 when she started working as a model. 5’1’1” tall girl was noticed in her school corridor by one of the modeling scouts who was visiting his alma mater. Her extraordinary appearance and diastema have attracted scout’s attention. Some time after that she went to Warsaw for the casting in the AS Management agency. She put her best foot forward and her modeling adventure has started. Julia was sent to Berlin for her first serious photo shoot for the Interview magazine. „I was freaked out, I can’t describe my fright but it was an amazing first experience.” Her family and friends were waiting eagerly to see her pictures in the magazine. Their excitement was even bigger when her picture has appeared on the Vogue cover for the first time. Photo shoots with Julia were also published in W Magazine, Harper’s Bazaar, Elle, and L’Officiel. Today, she has a good collection made by her grandmum who is constantly buying all those magazines. „When my grandmum saw a picture of me on the Vogue’s cover some tears appeared on her cheeks. It was such an emotional moment for both of us. Her support means a lot to me.” Julia said.
Julia does photo modeling but she appears on the catwalk very often, as well. Miu Miu, Marc Jacobs, Gucci – these are only some brands that she worked for. Her first fashion show was for the Miu Miu, she became an exclusive which means that she was booked only for this brand at that season.
Modeling is the tough row to hoe. It requires self-sacrifice and being mentally strong. Only resistant girls can hold the pressure of this rat race. Being psychically strong is crucial. However, you cannot do the modeling if you are not in a good shape and if you don’t fit the measurements. Unfortunately, the trend of being unduly thin has really caught on. That is why girls are going on to the restrictive diets what usually devastates their health. Julia denied being on such a diet: „I just eat healthily. Choosing vegetables and fish instead of fast food is not a big deal for me.” However, she works out a lot at the gym with a personal trainer – Tadeusz Gauer, who takes care of the best training schedule for her. She also attributes her physique to Yoga, Pilates, and Zumba that have become ‘very important’.
Being a model requires good organisation and time management. She is frequently obliged to make ‘snap decisions’ about going to various places. Julia works for agencies such as: The Society Management, Elite Paris, Elite Milan, Elite London, Jill Models Management, Elite Barcelona, Elite Copenhagen, Modelwerk, Munich Models and Modelling so she travels a lot. However, she admits that getting used to traveling was quite difficult.
Furthermore, Julia has a boyfriend who works for the same agency as she does. However, they were working together just once. They did shooting campaign for K MAG magazine and they both describe it as an amazing experience and fun. „We obviously never compete with each other,” said Karol Sapinski, Julia’s boyfriend. Julia is a warm and very optimistic person. It is not surprising that her key to success is to be yourself, never complain and smile a lot!
„Jul is just professional. Seeing your friend winning the „Model of The Year” award is like winning yourself” said Paula Kierzek, Julia’s friend.
Moreover, Julia’s commitment to her job was appreciated by many people she was working with. „I was working with Julia in 2013 that was the beginning of her modeling career. Despite not having any modeling experience she made a good impression on me. I will never forget the moment when during the photo shoot she was posing in the sunlight until the time she wiped away a tear from her cheek.” said Joanna Sikorska, a Polish fashion designer.
As soon as she started doing modeling she challenges herself by setting new goals and trying to achieve them step by step. Her dream is to work with: Mario Testino, Steven Klein, Inez van Lamsweerde or Vinoodh Matadin because she sees them as the most inspiring photographers As such a young girl she visited many different places and had an opportunity to live in New York. Julia takes modeling as „a big celebration of beauty and strong women.” She promotes herself on social media, especially on the Instagram where everyone can see her achievements and current works.