“People believe that plus-size means out of shape or bigger. I’m 6’1” 190-pound plus-size woman who is in shape. Because I’m in shape, I can’t be plus-size? There are many meanings to plus size, but people like to put the plus-size term under one umbrella. There can be many versions of beauty and there can be many versions of plus.” This is what Julie Henderson has to say about her experience as a plus size model. Julie Henderson is signed with Wilhelmina NY and Model Management UK in London as a plus size model. She has worked with many top name companies such as L’Oreal, La Redoute Paris, Target, H&M, Avenue, Evans UK, and Macy’s. There is much more to her then just a beautiful face, she is very intelligent and prides her self in her athleticism. She has earned a degree in Marketing and been a basketball star at Notre Dame. Growing up being beautiful was not something that even crossed Henderson’s mind because as a basketball player you were more likely to get hurt on the court. She always took care of her body but unlike many girls her age, her goal was not to be thin, it was to be big and strong so she could push people around on the court. She strives to change the views people have about beautiful women not being intelligent. Her upbringing taught her that the more you have going on inside, the more your outside will reflect that. Her advice for women who are struggling with self-esteem, confidence, and body image issues is to not stress them! She advises women to first find a spiritual path such as yoga practice, church, temple, meditation, or Abraham-Hicks. Her spiritual connection has helped her to get to know herself on a deeper level. Being connected spiritually has helped her gain self-confidence. Her latest project that she is amped up about is Curves for Change. Henderson and Kate Dillon, along with the ladies on the Wilhelmina WCurve Board, are teaming up for a great cause. Hardy Girls Healthy Women & The Komera Project are the two charities Curves For Change is sponsoring this year. The Web site has not yet been finished but Sage Salzer is working hard to finish it right now!