July 18, 2016 Asmita Aggarwal

A few good women

Juliana, 18, is all heart as the first-timer at ICW 2016 from Brazil, the land of beauties, hopes to emulate her idol Adriana Lima.

By Asmita Aggarwal

On the streets of Mato Grosso, Brazil which seems to be producing the world’s biggest supermodels from Adriana Lima, Alessandra Ambrosio, Camila Alves to Gisele Bundchen, comes the 18-year-old stunner Juliana. Like Lima, who is also her biggest inspiration, Juliana was spotted at the age of 12 and moved to Spain to start her career in modelling.

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“I was raised by a single mother, who works at a restaurant, seeing her work 12 hours daily, to support me and my younger sister, I wanted to help her in any way possible. So I took up the assignment and for eight years I have been walking for the Barcelona Fashion Week,” she says.

At a young age, Juliana started travelling and even though she is in India and can barely speak English she manages to get her way around. “I was quite young when I began, so modelling overtook my life. Though I have always loved dancing and I am an occasional bathroom singer, maybe later I can learn these two professionally, once I settle down back home to help my mom or start my own restaurant,” she smiles.

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Excited to walk for couture gurus for the first time, Juliana is naturally thin, but hits the gym five days a week and keeps her chocolate cravings in check. “I have a high protein diet, but I do work hard by running everyday and weight training.  As a model you make a conscious choice to be fit to be able to carry off the clothes, it is a solemn promise to yourself,” she says.

Admitting that the competition in modelling is increasing with a lot of young girls looking at this as a serious career option, Juliana idolises Lima and hopes that she too can do multiple things. This could include walking for Victoria’s Secret which remains her dream, maybe do a TV show, act in a film and also be a spokesperson for a leading beauty giant.

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“I think you can use your celebrity image to do good, like Lima is doing. She is helping kids in an orphanage and also donating money for children suffering with leukaemia,” she concludes.

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