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Today, we’ll meet a top international model and new mom with a résumé that reads like a who’s-who of major brands. But that’s not what keeps her going through her (incredibly) busy days. Read on to learn about Julianna Geldien’s Dallas connection, her strong spirit of service, and much more.
Name: Julianna Geldien
Hometown: Casper, WY
Agency: Ford Models, Kim Dawson Agency, Maximum Talent & The Block Agency
Notable Clients: Cabela’s, Gaiam, Blushington, Old Navy, JCPenney, Dillard’s, Target, Nu Skin, Inspirato, Sports Authority, Pregnancy & Newborn Magazine, Zappos
DFW Style Daily: At what age did you begin modeling? Were you scouted, or did you pursue a career in the industry?
Julianna Geldien: “I was scouted at the age of 19, then signed by a boutique agency in New York City. I left Wyoming not knowing anything about modeling. To say the least, my initial experience was rocky, and I walked away and returned to college. Five years down the road, I gave modeling a second chance, and I signed with my mother agent, Maximum Talent, in Denver. Before I knew it, modeling took a turn from hobby to career in a few short months.”
Do you recall a favorite, unusual, or particularly memorable assignment?
“I was working with MAC Cosmetics in New York City on a creative assignment, and they painted me green and blue from head to toe. When all was done, I looked like a Grecian statue, and I couldn’t believe the transformation. It was really fun, and to this day, I remember trying to get the paint off. It took me a few days!”
Your career has taken you across the country and around the world. Tell us why Dallas-Fort Worth holds such a special place in your heart.
“I lived in the Dallas-Fort Worth area for about four years; I work with the Kim Dawson Agency and love them. I had a gypsy lifestyle for a number of years, actually, and I always kept landing back in Dallas.
“The fashion community in Dallas is very close-knit, and very active in supporting all causes close to the city’s heart. I have made a number of friends working in the industry in Dallas, and there are also a number of women native to your city whom I consider role models. I’m honored to know them, I’m very proud of their accomplishments, and who they are as women.”
Speaking of philanthropy, you are proud to say that you are a “big believer in giving back to our world.” Tell us about your charitable philosophy and efforts.
“Through my journey, I have personally learned that all the success and accomplishments are not complete unless I am giving back to help make this world a better place. If you can start with one life, and create a positive wave that may continue for generations, you residually impact hundreds just from helping that one person. I want to be the change, and I want to be the one that helps others.
“I’m currently embarking on a volunteer experience at Shadow Hills Riding Club here in California. Their program speaks to my heart, as they utilize horses as tools to help others heal, learn, and grow. They have numerous equine programs that work to help those with emotional or physical disabilities thrive, encouraging physical, emotional, and mental growth.
“I have also co-hosted, with Tiffany Hendra, an Empowerment Class at Harvest Home in Los Angeles. Harvest Home provides a home, support, and programs for homeless pregnant women. And lastly, Colorado’s Christian Life Movement is a group very close to my heart. I was blessed with the opportunity to participate in a medical mission to Peru through the organization. The experience was life changing, and I can promise that anyone who takes a mission trip with CLM will walk away filled, knowing that you helped thousands!”
Back at home, you are happily married to your husband, Brad, with a 15-month-old son, Jaxon. Any tips for successfully balancing career and home?
“Communication is the best thing ever! Juggling multiple careers, tasks, and hobbies, while raising a little one, can be challenging. I have found that when I plan my day the night before, and actually write down a list of goals, I stay the most organized. This way, my husband can see what is on my agenda, and can help with Jaxon, and plan his day to best fit the events of the next.
“My husband also surprises me with hot dates! It is vital for our marriage and personal relationship that we maintain our bond and connection.”
What lessons do you hope to pass along to your son? What lessons have you learned from him so far?
“I think every parent wants to pass along every lesson they can to their child. We want to protect our babies the best we can, and I have learned in these short 15 months that sometimes my way isn’t the right way or the right fit for Jaxon. I truly believe in guidance, but also in trial and error, and helping pick up the pieces along the way, when needed. I want Jaxon to be independent, not afraid try new things, and to be kind and compassionate.
“Allowing myself the compassion to mess up and learn is important, as well, and sometimes looking at the world through his eyes is the right adjustment I need. I have always believed that laughter is the best medicine, and his little laugh enforces this belief!”
Do you have any hidden talents or interests? Surprise us!
“I recently started boxing, and I love it. Also, my new maternal hobby is embossing personal cards. I now make all my own birthday, thank you, sympathy, and congratulatory cards.”
Finally, what is your favorite way to spend a (rare) free evening?
All images courtesy of Julianna Geldien.