Name: Julia Ritchie
Hometown: Aspen, CO
Any previous modeling experience?
Yes, I’ve been modeling (commercial and runway) since I was 10. I’ve worked for W Magazine, Under Armor, Fitness RX for Women, J Mendel, Dennis Basso, and Fredric Fekkai.
What’s the best part of being one of the most statuesque people at Penn?
Being so tall that there is never a need to walk down treacherous Locust Walk in heels.
The average male height at Penn is around 5’10”.
How glamorous is the life of a “Reliquary” model?
10 hours of glam the day of the show.
Are there any backstage secrets you’re willing to dish?
A preview of the afterparty “Imma Be” beatbox session occurred as a pump up for show number two.
How do you calm your nerves before you strut down the runway?
DANCE & breathe.
If you could strut your stuff to any music you wanted, what would be on the playlist?
Imma Be, Electric Feel, Everytime We Touch, United States of Pop 2009, Beautiful.
How do you maintain that top-model physique?
I don’t eat vegetables. Bikram yoga, running, spinning, and climbing. Do something athletic everyday.
Do you have a post-show indulgence?
Allegro’s Fettuccini Alfredo with chicken
Describe your perfect date.
Any fun activity with a romantic twist.
What is the way to your heart?
There’s no one way…but you can read it in my eyes.
Are you a fashionista or just a pretty face?
My fashionista side can be said to be a late-bloomer, considering my favorite outfit is still jeans and a white tee. Classic and elegant are more often the words attached to my style than trendy or edgy.
Are you involved in any clubs or associations at Penn?
I am in Sigma Kappa and have been the PR chair and on the Rush committee during my time at Penn. I am also on the marketing board for Penn International Business Volunteers, and a mentor with Big Brothers Big Sisters.
Do you have any athletic prowess?
Yes, I rowed Varsity Women’s Crew for three years for Penn. I played on a City 6 championship co-ed intermural basketball team this semester. My other athletic hobbies include equestrian/show jumping, skiing, hiking, yoga, and surfing.
Photo by Kari Marton-Rollins