Discovered at the age of 13 in her home state of Texas, Julie Henderson is quickly solidifying herself as one of the most recognizable models in the United States.  While most famous for her four consecutive appearances in the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit issue, she has also appeared in a number of high-profile magazines and advertising campaigns. But just a pretty face (and body!) she is not! Rather, the 23-year-old entrepreneur is in the process of launching a facial serum formulated around the Henderson Grapefruit, a hybrid fruit created by her grandfather. And let us just say that if this serum will give us a complexion even mildly resembling Julie’s, we’re buying stock the second it goes public!

Named Overall Professional Female Model of the Year at the 2002 Modeling Association of America International Convention, Julie Henderson, with her striking looks, clearly knows a thing or two (or a gazillion) about beauty.

So, we sat down with Julie Henderson and asked her to weigh in on real beauty.

What do you think makes someone beautiful?
Their laughter and smile. I think that is the most beautiful quality any and everybody can have.

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How do you deal with the pressure for body perfection in our culture?
The perception of body perfection changes over time. I believe you need to find, in your own eyes and heart, what body perfection is to you and go with that. I love “imperfections,” it makes you stand out and unique.

 

If you could give your younger self advice about beauty, what would it be?
I would tell her to always have a smile and to use sunscreen. I know young women want to be all bronzed and tan but I know she will thank me later.

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What’s your one, can’t-live-without-it beauty product?
Just one?? Wow, that’s a tough one. I would have to go with my Lancome Mascara. I think with just a little mascara it really does the trick and gives you that little something without having to put on a whole face of makeup on.

Photography Credit: SportsIllustrated.com

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