She was born and raised in the province of Inayawan, Philippines. At the age of 10 she and her brother moved to Chicago where her parents worked. Her father, Julio, is a manager in a dialysis center, and her mother, Annabelle, is a registered nurse. She has an older brother, Michael, who is a Doctor in physical therapy.
Julie graduated from Niles West High School in 2004. During high school she had entered and won several art competitions including the School District Art Contest. She was crowned Binibining Kalayaan (Miss Philippines Chicago) 2009. In her spare time Julie enjoys sketching, movies, wine tasting, dancing, and spending time with family. With a passion for arts and cosmetics she pursued cosmetology and worked in Chicago Lashes as a lash stylist. In 2015 Chicago Lashes opened their second salon where she was permanently assigned as a lash stylist and director of training.
The beauty of a woman must be seen from in her eyes, because that is the doorway to her heart, the place where love resides.