Just JuliaWade Phelps
Weight: 115 lbs
The petite beauty hails from the Ukraine, but she’s happy to call New York home. She’s lived in Queens and two other boroughs, and got help launching her career thanks to the folks at Bayside’s Shortstack Modeling.
Though she keeps herself busy as a Media Studies and Russian Language and Literature double major and Political Science minor at Macaulay Honors College at Hunter College, she is also a contestant for the Miss NY pageant this coming January.
“If someone told me even a year ago that I would be a contestant of the Miss NY pageant, I would have been very skeptical,” she said. “As big of a fan of [the Sandra Bullock movie] ‘Miss Congeniality’ as I was growing up, I never saw myself as the ‘pageant type’ of woman. Yet, when I came into the information session and met some of the other contestants, I was instantly impressed and awestruck at all the different powerful, influential, and strong-willed women that surrounded me. It was truly inspiring and wonderful to be part of a team- a sisterhood- of a group of intelligent, generous, curious, down-to-earth and open-minded women.”
Julia credits Shortstack as giving her the inspiration to enter the modeling field – and for broadening her horizons. The non-profit company helped her believe in her talent and overlook her height limit.
She has had a slew of modeling work, including pieces for the Village Voice, Amazon.com, an event at the Indian Embassy and even some magazine spreads.
A student of yoga and meditation, and “a constant ponderer of life,” Julia describes herself as “a beginner student of holistic health and nutrition, and, in all honesty, quite an addict – to buying books, that is.”