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Model Call: Julie Rode

On an unseasonably warm October day, the Denmark native and current Trump model braved the sun to sit down with WWD.

Julie Rode Model Call

Julie Rode

Photo By Courtesy of Trump Model Management

Julie Rode Model Call

Julie Rode

Photo By Courtesy of Trump Model Management

The first thing you notice about Julie Rode is her mile-long lashes. While they may be a striking feature, Rode is quick to point out the hazards. “They’re so long that I can’t wear sunglasses because I can’t open and close my eyes,” the 19-year-old says. On an unseasonably warm October day, the Denmark native and current Trump model braved the sun to sit down with WWD.

 

WWD: How has New York been treating you?
Julie Rode:
Everybody says that I look like Michelle Pfeiffer. Everybody! I had never heard that before. The other day a man stopped me on the street and asked if I was her daughter.

WWD: How did your first New York Fashion Week go?
J.R.:
I went on a lot of castings, and it was crazy. Castings are very hard. You walk a lot, so my feet are dead. Since I’m not that tall, I bought these really, really tall Yves Saint Laurent shoes. They’re horrible to walk in, but I need them. I’m about 5’ 10, but the girls here are so tall.

WWD: Did you walk in any shows?
J.R.
: I just did some presentations — Elie Tahari and Fotini. We don’t have presentations in Denmark, so it was my first time. It was difficult — you have stand for so long in high heels and smile the entire time. I enjoyed it, though. I also really like when you get to wear dresses that you like because you look like you like it.

WWD: What is your go-to outfit for castings? 
J.R.:
I’m a little boring because I like basic clothes. I only buy a few expensive things. I don’t like to buy a lot of cheap things. I just bought an Alexander Wang shirt, it’s really cool and in black, of course. I always wear black — in Denmark, everyone wears it. In the summer, it’s really warm, though, especially in the subways. The subways here are so hot. It’s like, am I in a subway or a sauna?

WWD: What has been your favorite job thus far?
J.R.:
I worked in Paris at a private house for Grazia magazine. It was fantastic. I was wearing the most fantastic, expensive, beautiful clothes from Louis Vuitton, Gucci — it was amazing. It was my first time in Paris. My dream job is the Victoria’s Secret runway show. That is the most amazing thing you could do. I had a casting for the catalogue and [I think] they loved me. I have an option, but you never know. I haven’t tried on the wings, so I haven’t had the real casting.


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