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Julia LaTray

June 8, 2011

Julia LaTray

Julia LaTray, aka DonkeyGirl, has had just about every job you could imagine. She’s been a bronc buster, rock musician, financial advisor, housepainter, furniture maker, Mexican restaurant prep cook, and an exotic dancer! Oooh la la! In the midst of all that, Julia started sewing and designing in an effort to make feminine, but not frilly, clothes she couldn’t find in stores – and in turn, DonkeyGirl was created. Using upcycled, fair trade, and organic materials, DonkeyGirl’s collections explore high and low style and indulge Julia’s love of super-saturated hues.

Last fall, Julia got some accolades for her designs when a contributing style editor at Glamour magazine caught sight of her “Gretchen” dress at the Missoula, MT People’s Market.

Pay attention, folks! 12 Questions thinks Julia LaTray is one to watch!

1. What is your hometown?

Missoula, MT or Tucson, AZ

2. With what fictional character do you most identify?


3. In the movie of your life, cast an actor to play you.

Julianna Moore or Phillip Seymour Hoffman

4. What work of art speaks to your soul?

Dock Boggs’ recordings

5. What books are you currently reading or recommending?

Tropical Nature: Life and Death in the Rain Forest of Central and South America and  Insecto-pedia.  Good companion pieces.

6. What song or album is currently in heavy rotation on your iPod?

Beastie Boys Anthology

7. What’s the last movie that made you cry?

Get Low

8.  Cat person or dog person?


9. What is more important, truth or kindness?


10.    How do you define sin?

See below.

11.    How do you define virtue?

It changes constantly, depending on what exactly I’m up to at any given time.

12.   Design your headstone: What does it say? What does it look like?

No headstone.  No coffin and burial.  Maybe a monument.  Venus de Milo with arms, wearing beautiful Italian shoes and eating cake.  Real cake that would be replaced each day by the same person who puts things on Marilyn Monroe and Edgar Allen Poe’s graves.

Bonus Question: Who would you like to see answer these questions?

Werner Herzog


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