OFF THE CATWALK: MEET JULIJA STEP, A FASHION MODEL AND FOODIE IN ONE

By Viktorija Martinenaite

Julija, a Lithuanian-born beauty, began her career as a model at the age of 14. She is only 22- and have already worked with such fashion giants as Balenciaga, Calvin Klein, Vogue Italia, W magazine, Interview Mag, Numero, Teen Vogue, Vogue Hellas, Giorgio Armani – Armani Code Satin perfume campaign, signed a Max Factor Cosmetics contract; her pictures were published in books ‘Northern Women in Chanel’ and ‘Roberto Cavalli 40th anniversary book’.

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Julija lives between Vilnius and London, she says, she does not really have a permanent base: “I travel a lot and my schedule is constantly changing. For example, sometimes I have a quiet month when I don’t have any work to do as a model, yet sometimes I have a photo-shoot in London, then I have to fly to New York for a job there and fly back to Europe a day after for another job in, let’s say, Paris. That’s the way the life-of-a-model works. You are always alert, always ready to leave everything and fly out”. Living such a busy life, she still finds time to create fabulous masterpieces in her kitchen for her food blog kitchenJulie. Today we are talking with Julija about her life off the catwalk, as a food blogger

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Fashion Bloc: It is not a secret anymore that models have to eat healthy and take good care of themselves. Tell us what do you eat on a daily basis?

Julija: On a daily basis, I am following a healthy lifestyle. I balance my diet as much as possible and keep an eye on my macros – I try to get enough of carbohydrates, protein and fat, as well as vitamins and minerals from the products I eat. I am not a vegan, neither a vegetarian, but I eat a lot of vegetables and I like to snack on fruits. For example, a balanced lunch to me would be a grilled salmon fillet with some sweet potatoes or wholegrain rice and a fresh salad. It sounds too good to be true, right? Well, I’m a human being, too: I have a weakness for things like cheese, freshly baked bread and desserts, so it’s not always easy to stay on track

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F.B: How are you taking care of yourself?

J: I train, eat healthy, try to get enough sleep, I don’t smoke, I consume very little alcohol, I surround myself with positive things and good-hearted people.

F.B: Why did you decide to start a food blog?

J: My friends gave me the biggest push. They made comments about me creating a food blog until I finally did it. I enjoy cooking, it gives me a lot of pleasure and I wanted others to feel the same way. It was time to share my passion and inspire other people like me to create.

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F.B:  How do you find the time to have a career as a model, travel around the world and write a food blog?

J: The truth is – I don’t. 🙂 It’s tricky to manage the two things together, but it makes the challenge exciting. Sometimes I think that everyone notices when I don’t upload a recipe on time or do not reply to emails and messages quickly enough. The most complicated part is that I don’t always have the conditions to cook, that’s why I need to think about it beforehand and prepare more recipes at once. I’m going to try my best this year to stay on schedule and I hope everyone is going to find something suitable to their taste on my website.

F.B:  What inspires you? Do you make your own recipes?

J: Travels inspire me the most. I visit a lot of restaurants and try a lot of different cuisines, so I can pick up bits and pieces for a new recipe. Most of the recipes on my blog are my own creations and if I decide to make someone else’s, there’s always a link attached.
F.B: Are you planning to write a recipe book?

J: That is a little dream of mine, but for now, I have to work very hard to attract new readers and build a kitchenJulie community.

To get inspired by this beauty in the kitchen, visit KitchenJulie.com

In the mean time, some food for eyes from the latest Julija’s photo shoot for Agent Provocateur.

Photos by: Liz Collins, Julija Steponaviciute and Rokas Darulis.