Discovered by celebrity photographer, Stefan Pinto, while on vacation in Los Angeles, Juliana Mafrici, Jbae for short, currently resides part time in Sydney, Australia and part time in Los Angeles, CA.
Born of Italian/Filipino and Spanish parents, Juliana’s first modeling assignment was as DC Comics character “Wonder Tot” in Pinto’s highly acclaimed, online photo series and subsequent gallery exhibition in Hollywood, California. Juliana’s image accompanied those of household-named celebrities including Lance Bass, the Vanderpump Rules cast from the hit reality television series, as well as Bravo TV celebs and the hit TV show, American Horror Story.
Juliana’s first runway show for Sydney Kids Instyle was a fund-raiser entitled “The Little Runway,” and benefited not-for-profit schools in the slums of Thailand.
With her modeling inspiration Kendall Jenner, Juliana was inspired to create her new look for Kidfashmagazine of which she inadvertently was awarded the top prize for Kidfashacting for kids and teens defining progressive and compelling fashion in the field of modeling and acting.
This defining moment kicked off Juliana’s 2018: She was selected as ALM Magazine’s “Model of the Year” in February and in March was Madison Fashion Magazine’s cover model and “Top 50 Most Beautiful” in Fashion Kids magazine respectively.
In June, Juliana was chosen as the “Face of La Belle Kidz” (a kids and teen magazine) cover girl for their social awareness anti-bullying campaign and subsequent brand ambassador. Juliana was spoken of as the “Top 10 Child Models” to watch for Wehoville’s Summer of Pride issue.
Juliana is a gifted dancer and gymnast and loves to travel, “only if I’m in photo shoots!!” she said with a giggle. She is excited about her future and feels excited and humbled to be included among so many respected individuals in her field. You can see her as Shirley Temple in the soon-to-be-released online series, The Steampunk Paradox. Sneak peaks are available on Instagram using hashtag #steampunkparadox.
*Cover Photo Credit: Photography by Stefan Pinto