After graduation from Katy High School, she went to France to join Ford Models, then moved to New York City and began appearing within the pages of magazines such as Elle Girl and Teen Vogue. While in New York, Henderson modeled on the television show Behind the Velvet Rope.
In 2002, she was named “overall professional female model of the year” at the Modeling Association of America International Convention. Henderson subsequently booked gigs worldwide and began doing print work for magazines like Harper’s Bazaar. In 2007, she made her first appearance in the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue, and returned in 2008, 2009, and 2010.
Early in 2009, Julie had been seeing hip hop mogul Russell Simmons who escorted her to the Oscars.
She has been in advertisements for Pantene, Hardees and Benetton In 2011, she played a cowgirl in a jack in the box commercial. She is signed to the agencies Models 1, Modelwerk, New York Model Management, and Ford Models Europe – Paris.
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