For reasons that surely have nothing to do with pandering to a male audience, just as this article avoids that charge, timesofisrael.com has published a feature on “not just another gun bunny” firearms model Orin Julie. “I don’t stand around in swimwear,” she told the Times. “I know how to hold guns, how to shoot, how to do combat stuff — and Americans appreciate that.” Not to mention other aspects of her appeal . . .
Two years into her career, Julie, 23, has modeled for a half dozen Israeli and American companies that sell firearms and related products. Last year, she represented Israel’s Gilboa Rifles at the world’s biggest gun show in Las Vegas . . .
Julie’s Instagram account has racked up 145,000 followers, many who gush over photos of her in lipstick and crop tops bearing the latest arms, from petite handguns to massive assault rifles.
And so we move from the commercial to the political.
In general, Israelis pay little attention to the guns Julie poses with. After all, most of them handle weapons in the army and are barred from owning them by their country’s strict laws. The very idea of a weapons model is foreign here; Julie said she is the first . . .
Julie, speaking to JTA soon after a gunman killed 58 people at an outdoor music festival in Las Vegas, declined to speak on the record about her views of gun laws in the United States or modeling for companies that do business in the country.
She said only that she believes in the right to self defense but is saddened whenever she hears of an innocent victim of American gun violence.
“I’m really sorry about what happened in Vegas,” she said. “I hope the government will find a way to take care of it.”
So Ms. Julie believes in the right to self-defense but reckons the government needs to take action to prevent mass shootings. A not surprising dichotomy for a woman who lives in a country beset by enemies both foreign and domestic…with strict gun control for its residents.