Julia Fox was born in Italy, but moved to New York, where she was raised in Yorkville, an Upper East Side neighborhood east of the posher Park Avenue,” per The New York Times. Before working in film, Fox had a range of careers. She worked as a clothing designer, running a knitwear brand with Ms. Andalore, per the news outlet.
Fox also worked as a model as well as a painter and an artist. Refinery29 describes Fox as a “fixture of the New York City club scene,” noting that she nearly died of an overdose in her late teens. Death seemed to be on her mind because in 2017, she held the art show, “R.I.P. Julia Fox” curated by Richie Shazam, which featured silk canvases painted with her own blood.
In addition to painting, Fox has published “two books of photography that quickly became cult items on the independent book fairs circuit,” per The New York Times. She’s also an activist and got involved in the 2016 Standing Rock tribe’s protests of the Dakota Access pipeline.
While Fox is clearly talented on every front, she wasn’t always so confident. But she landed one really unusual job that gave her all the training she needed.