Julia Almendra is our Summer 2020 Model of the Month.
Born in Germany but raised in Ibiza, she is one of an early band of German ingénues to land on the Fashion scene in 2012 and made an indelible mark on the international modeling industry. Her stand-out attitude led her to find favor on the international runway circuit of Milan and Paris where she looked to carve a varied character trajectory on her own terms.
With a poise beyond her years, and off-duty Almendra has carried herself with a grace that caught the eye of editors in a short space of time, making her a familiar face across magazine glossies. Her talent transcends beyond the camera as she is fluent in Spanish, German, and English. At present she lives in Berlin, where she moved as her modeling career took off and spends her free time between bike riding, Strolling and seeing her friends, and walking her dog.
Natural. Self-effacing. Unique. Julia Almendra stands out anywhere with her warm, witty, and frequently hilarious personality. Below, she shares with FMD about her many talents, her effortless beauty regime and her aspirations for the new decade.
Read on to learn what the top model had to say, and later read her cover story here
How did you get to be where you are? How did your modeling career start?
I always fantasized about modeling when I was in my teenage years but was always too shy to actually pursue it. Thanks to my best friend who finally sent my picture to my mother agency (Modelwerk) I got to sign my first contract and soon after I was sent to Paris and New York :)
Who or what were some of your childhood inspirations?
I’m obsessed with the fashion industry since I was a child. Before I became a model, I went to Paris during fashion week a couple of times and I literally fell in love. Karl Lagerfeld is always my inspiration. Seven years ago, I saw him in Paris and I’ll never forget that moment. Unfortunately, I didn’t have the privilege to work with him.
Is the fashion world what you expected it to be?
In a way yes. But when I started there was no Instagram. Now things have really changed somehow.
What do you think are the main challenges in modeling today?
Keeping up with all the social media. Sustaining a good private life while traveling. Staying sane in a fast world.
What is your favorite or most exciting aspect about being a model? What do you like least?
Getting to see the world in a way I would probably never have been able to without modeling and for that I’m really grateful. But then I hate planes.
What do you believe is the key to success for a model? What qualities does one need to succeed?
Strong character. Like it’s not as easy as it looks being a model. Focus. And a good sense of humor.
In which phase of a model's career do you think her personality becomes important?
I think it’s from the very start. I think clients always look for something special. Being pretty is kind of the easy part.
Many of your fans are young girls. What advice do you have for young girls who are struggling with self-esteem?
It’s always weird to give advice, because who is not struggling with self-esteem these days. I guess I always tell myself to not take it all too seriously and not to be so hard on myself. Everyone goes through the same shit at the end of the day. Everyone struggles sometimes. Just try to give yourself that self-love.
Out of all the places your career has taken you, where was the most memorable?
Tokyo! Need to go back. It is just so different. I had so much fun being there, and it is so good for shopping.
Are you a morning person or night person?
Definitely not a morning person as I usually wake up around 4 pm.
How do you stay in shape?
Well at the start you could say I was a bit of a lazy one. But now I do kickboxing, yoga and go to many classes around Berlin and try many things. I try to go at least 15 times a month. Sometimes it’s hard if you have to work to stay balanced. Other than that, I try to eat good food that is nutritious.
What is your favorite form of exercise?
I love yoga. But then I also need something to get out all the toxic thoughts and anger and overthinking out my mind. For that, I do running kickboxing something that really makes one sweat :)
What’s your beauty regime? Any beauty / skin care tips or tricks to look fresh and rested for early morning photo shoots?
Always wash your face! And hydrate your skin! I don’t think it’s good to use too many products! Find your favorite and stick to it. Also, if you have problems go to your dermatologist they know best.
You are known for your scintillating blonde hair that radiates to capture anyone’s attention. What's the "secret" to your gorgeous hair?
Hmmm haha. Well it starts with the right colorist and ends with the right products. Also just don’t wash your hair every day. Sometimes leave a good mask or just almond oil overnight.
Do you think models are able to find long lasting friendships within the industry today?
Absolutely! I found at least 2 girls, that I know we gonna be friends for at least forever. I am so lucky cause we even all moved to the same town. You find a lot of friends along the way, and you stick together maybe for the time you are both abroad in the same town and that’s super magical too. You get to experience all the things together and you have someone you can talk to at the end of the day.
What’s your favorite place in the world?
My own sheets and bed.
If you could have one superpower, what would you choose?
Is there a model's career that you admire and why?
I admire them all. I know what it takes. So, if u have a career u are doing a good job.
You have a blond sultry beauty reminiscent of iconic 70?s model Patti Hansen. Has anyone pointed that out to you? How do you feel about the comparison?
Actually no. But she was a babe so thank you!
What do you enjoy doing in your free time to give yourself a treat?
I love treating myself. It can be anything. It can be just a stay in bed day or going to have a nice dinner with loved ones. Or buying something just because. Or being nice to your body by maybe having a mask. Or maybe having a drink too much. Enjoying your life.
What does a perfect day for you look like in Berlin?
A perfect day in Berlin includes taking my bike and my dog. Strolling seeing my friends.
How would u describe your use of social media?
I know I need it, and I know clients look at it. So, I try to put effort into it. I am not completely sure how all the algorithms work. Like I’m not that deep into it. I wouldn’t say I don’t post everyday. It’s really spontaneous. But I take my content seriously...
What are your views on social media? Do you think it is a good way to control your image? How important is being authentic online?
Yes, it’s a good tool for use for the image you want to create. I always prefer accounts that feel authentic, so I think it’s important. I don’t think in general social media is healthy for everyone. I’m sure had my moment too with it. But it would be a lie if I said it’s not important anymore.
What is your life motto? Is there a quote or mantra you live by?
Maybe a bit cliché, but every day is a new chance given to you to be the person you want to be. Be responsible for your life, start checking and correcting yourself before blaming others. That’s when you take your power back.
Read Julia's cover story here
Thank you, Julia, for this amazing interview!
note: all answers are original and unaltered - Interview & Intro by: Clinton Gonsalvez - Special Thanks to Cindy Klein and Sina Cieselski @ Modelwerk (Hamburg).