Julian W. Lucas

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Julian W. Lucas
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Lucas modeling for Tommy Hilfiger
Born (1988-11-03) November 3, 1988 (age 33)
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
🎓 Alma materPennsylvania State University
💼 Occupation
Model, actor, activist
📆 Years active  2013-present
AgentKMR Diversity and Naturally Fit Agency
Height6 feet 1 in

Julian W. Lucas (born November 3, 1988 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) is an international actor, model, activist, and public speaker.[1] He is known for modeling for companies such as Tommy Hilfiger and T-Mobile, and has appeared in TV, movies, commercials, and music videos. Lucas is an amputee and has participated in activism and awareness for diversity and disabilities.[2][3][4][5][6][7]

Early life and education[edit]

Julian W. Lucas was born on November 3, 1988 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Lucas has stated that he experienced both adult and children trying to limit him in his abilities while growing up and during his adulthood facing a lot of discrimination.[6][2][3] During his youth Lucas played varsity baseball and basketball and went on to play semi-pro baseball in Philadelphia.[8][9][6]

Lucas attended Pennsylvania State University, where he graduated with a B.A. in Psychology. After graduation he became a drug and alcohol counselor at a men's inpatient rehab facility working with convicted murderers, survivors of sexual assault and sex trafficking and many other types of people from all different backgrounds until he moved to southern California.[7] In California Lucas began studying at the comedy theaters The Second City and Upright Citizens Brigade and after graduation performed sketch and improv shows.[10][7]

Career[edit]

Modeling[edit]

Lucas was signed to the Naturally Fit Agency and in 2015 began modeling for Nordstrom. [7][5][4] In 2016 he had his first major modeling break being the center of a marketing campaign with the fitness brand Champion.[7][5][4][11] In 2018, Lucas signed with Tommy Hilfiger and began modeling in their adaptive clothing line.[12] [7][6][5][4] The following year he modeled with Jillian Mercado for Tommy Hilfiger and in 2019, participated in a marketing campaign with T-Mobile.[4][5][6][7]

Acting[edit]

Lucas has appeared in various film and television shows such as The Originals, The Benefactor, and Westworld.[6][7] He is currently signed with Gail Williamson of KMR Diversity, a division dedicated for those with disabilities. He has reported being frequently typecasted due to his disability, which he stated prompted him to study comedy. Lucas went on to appear in multiple shows with Second City Hollywood.[7] Most notably Some F*cking Advice, where he helped write and perform with an ensemble cast of Queer, Gay, Bisexual, Asexual, Trans and Straight performers exploring such issues of sexuality, disabilities, and relationships.[10]

He has appeared in the 2018 music video for the Thirty Seconds to Mars song "Rescue Me".[13][14][7][15]

Activism[edit]

Lucas is an active advocate for the diversity community and uses his Instagram account to raise awareness.[7][6][5][4][2][3] He has credited Instagram as saving his life, as he was initially self-conscious about his body and arm and refused to post pictures showing his arm, but began to do so after receiving positive feedback on social media.[3][12][16][4] He has appeared in both national and international publications where he has advocated for more diversity and inclusivity in mainstream media.[1] Lucas has worked with people all over the world helping to address issues such as sexuality, dating with a disability, and body image.[1]

Filmography[edit]

Year Title Type Role Notes ref(s)
2013 Bubba-Q TV Series Homeowner 1 episode
2014 The Originals TV Series Werewolf 2 episodes
2014 The Benefactor Film Luke's Friend
2016 Champion: Real Champions Short Julian W. Lucas [11][17][7][5][4]
2017 Second City's Some Advice Play Various Performer, Writer [10]
2017 Second City's 10 Things I Hate About News Play Various Performer, Writer
2018 Westworld TV Series QA Responder 3 episodes [7]
2018 30 Seconds to Mars Music Video [15][7][13][14]
2018–present Tommy Hilfiger Adaptive Short Model multi [7][6][5][4]
2019-present T-Mobile Print/Commercial Model [4][5][6][7]

References[edit]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Drzewiecki, Ingo (August 2019). "Julian W. Lucas". Schwulissimo (August 8, 2019): 24–27.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Grant, David (2019-06-20). "PHOTOS: This disabled bisexual fitness model hopes to inspire and motivate others". Queerty. Retrieved 2019-06-21.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 "Society's expectations of bisexuality and disabilities isn't stopping this model". Gay Star News. 2019-06-19. Retrieved 2019-06-21.
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 4.4 4.5 4.6 4.7 4.8 4.9 ssiock@couriertimes.com, Sarah Siock. "Despite challenges, CR South graduate has the look". Bucks County Courier Times. Retrieved 2019-08-01.
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 5.4 5.5 5.6 5.7 5.8 Orso, Anna. "What it means to this Philly native that he's 'one of the first and only one-armed models'". https://www.inquirer.com. Retrieved 2019-08-01. External link in |website= (help)
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 6.3 6.4 6.5 6.6 6.7 6.8 Collegian, Grace Miller | The Daily. "Tommy Hilfiger model and actor Julian Lucas reflects on his time at Penn State". The Daily Collegian. Retrieved 2019-08-01.
  7. 7.00 7.01 7.02 7.03 7.04 7.05 7.06 7.07 7.08 7.09 7.10 7.11 7.12 7.13 7.14 7.15 Paez, Sarah (2019-07-28). "Penn State grad, model wants to use platform for disability community 'lacking a voice'". Centre Daily Times. Retrieved 2019-08-01.
  8. "Disability and fitness modelling: changing perceptions". Disability Horizons. 2015-02-26. Retrieved 2019-06-24.
  9. ssiock@couriertimes.com, Sarah Siock. "Despite challenges, CR South graduate has the look". The Intelligencer. Retrieved 2019-08-01.
  10. 10.0 10.1 10.2 "Some F*cking Advice - The Second City Studio Theater - The Second City Studio Theater". www.performingartslive.com. Retrieved 2019-06-24.
  11. 11.0 11.1 Julian W. Lucas (2016-10-10), Julian W. Lucas Real Champion, retrieved 2019-06-25
  12. 12.0 12.1 Reddish, David (2019-05-04). "Tommy Hilfiger model Julian Lucas on staying fit while "having one hand"". Queerty. Retrieved 2019-06-21.
  13. 13.0 13.1 THIRTY SECONDS TO MARS (2018-06-12), Thirty Seconds To Mars - Rescue Me (Official Music Video), retrieved 2019-06-24
  14. 14.0 14.1 30 Seconds to Mars: Rescue Me, retrieved 2019-06-25
  15. 15.0 15.1 "Rescue Me (Thirty Seconds to Mars song)", Wikipedia, 2019-08-01, retrieved 2019-08-01
  16. Lucas, Julian W. (May 19, 2016). "How Social Media Saved My Life and Helped Me Face My Fears". YouTube.
  17. Champion: Real Champions, retrieved 2019-06-25

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