Angeleno, Julie Ann Dawson, Top Semi-Finalist In The 2022 Maxim Cover Girl Competition, Beats Out 35,000 Contestants

Samantha Lynne Jones
4 min readNov 5, 2022


Julie Ann Dawson is a combination of the 3B’s: Beauty, Brains, and Badass! She’s a SAG actress, martial artist, model, CEO & master energy healer. Adding to the list of her interesting qualities, Julie was raised in the smallest town in the smallest state in the US, North Providence, R.I, which has a radius of just five miles. She left her small town to grow new roots in Los Angeles six years ago to pursue her dreams as an actor and model and recently had outstanding success having risen to the top 1% of the semi-finals of Maxim Magazine’s famed Cover Girl competition, hoping to become the next Maxim Cover Girl. Julie beat out approximately 35,000 candidates, who were competing for the grand prize to be on the cover of the magazine, which included a multi-page interview spread, $25,000 cash, and a trip to Paris for a photoshoot with famed fashion photographer Gilles Bensimon, whose portfolio includes Beyonce, and Gisele Bündchen.

“Having pursued modeling and acting seriously as a profession for 15 years, nothing has quite brought me to the top of the metaphorical mountain of success to take my career to the next level. I always wanted to apply to the Maxim Cover Girl competition, and my intuition told me that this was the year I should just go for it and apply- it’s the opportunity I’ve been waiting for,” Julie said. “I’m incredibly grateful for all the love & support I’ve received during this process from my friends, family, and fans, helping me make it to the top of the semi-finals- it’s an accomplishment in itself and I couldn’t have done it without them!”

So what’s next for Julie? “Now that pilot season is here, I am focusing my time and energy to my acting auditions. So far I’ve had a handful of exciting auditions for leading roles in feature films. My dream role is to play a badass female leading character in a feature film or TV show, that is a positive role model, empowers women, and would get to use my Krav Maga & tactical training skills.”

Julie’s message to others pursuing creative careers is to never give up, even when things get tough. “To support my dreams, I have worked multiple jobs at a time in addition to running my own business. Things have definitely not been easy, and there have been times when I felt burnt out, but I kept pushing forward and what I have found is just beyond your breaking point, there is always something positive that opens up for you- such as a new opportunity, a new connection, etc. Most people have no idea how close they really are to achieving their dreams, and this is why you must never give up.”

As a SAG-AFTRA actress, Julie specializes in acting for films, TV, and commercials, and has been a professional model & on-camera host for 15 years. Using her expertise as a former award-winning professional athlete with wrestling, martial arts, gymnastics, and 10 years of competitive cheerleading, Julie is best known for her work in action and sci-fi action thriller films. Julie has tactical training experience and just receive her Green Belt test in Krav Maga, training under renowned Krav Maga Master, Roy Elghanayan. Julie said it is a life goal of hers to continue her training and earn her black belt.

Aside from the entertainment business, Julie is a Reiki Master Teacher, Intuitive Healer, with a Mastery in multiple energy healing techniques, and CEO of Chakra To Ya, where she has provided healing and spiritual guidance to countless clients since establishing her business in 2016. Julie said, “I feel incredibly grateful and blessed to not only teach energy healing but to be in service to bring healing to others. Thanks to technology today, I’m able to help people all over the world with my healing practice, and between 2020–2021 I had approximately 300 people a year in 32 countries taking my courses!” As an intuitive healer, she provides guidance by working closely with angels and channeling messages through oracle cards. Julie is a certified crystal healer, sound healer, and hypnotherapist.

Aside from spiritual education pursuits, Julie graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of Rhode Island with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism and Public Relations. In her free time, she said she practices Krav Maga (martial arts), yoga, acrylic painting, and continues to evolve her ever-expanding array of healing techniques and services.

What is Julie Ann Dawson’s secret talent? “To me, the way of the Jedi is my superpower. I have become the master of myself, which includes becoming physically present, balancing the mind, body, & spirit through years of martial arts training with Krav Maga, and as a master of multiple energy healing techniques. Both disciplines have allowed me to overcome obstacles in my own life & serve as a beacon of light, to uplift & heal others who need it most. When the mind, body & spirit are in sync, there is nothing that we can’t achieve.”

You can follow Julie’s acting & modeling career on Instagram and TikTok at @juliedawson_. Her website is Julie is theatrically represented by Miramar Talent & West 88 Management in Los Angeles.



Samantha Lynne Jones

Freelance writer and PR specialist for entrepreneurs, public figures, and brands. My work involves pitching editors & connecting with high-end magazines.