When I met Julia Allison, I was at my first San Francisco tech party. Having just moved to the city and still getting acclimated, I was slightly disarmed by the scene: predominantly men in T-shirts and jeans with some others in highly formal attire, and a range of ages and faces. As my eyes searched the room for some form of familiarity, I saw a stunning woman in a fitted blue dress and killer white heels eyeing me up and down. “YOU!” she said as she marched over to me. “You! You’re hot! What are you doing here?! Come with me!” And so began Vixely’s fast friendship with Julia, the L.A.-based hilarious and talented writer, dating columnist and media personality who later introduced us to her cohort, Emily Morse, the San Franciscan sex radio show host and author.
Julia and Emily are now stars of the Bravo TV Series “Miss Advised” along with Amy Laurent, a New York-based matchmaker. Executive produced by actress Ashley Tisdale, the show reflects the real life sex, dating and relationship adventures of the three ladies, revealing that it is sometimes easier to give advice than it is follow it (as Vixely knows all too well!). Following the show’s premiere this past Monday, we wanted to applaud Emily and Julia for the positive impact we see them making on real women’s lives given the following:
1. They’re entrepreneurs.
Both Julia and Emily have independently built their own media brands by following their passions to become expert explorers in their fields. More than just TV personalities, Julia is a fantastically talented writer (Carrie Bradshaw, meet your match) and Emily hosts her own televised radio show, “Sex with Emily,” as well as co-authored Vixely’s favorite coffee table book, Hot Sex. From their fluency in social media to the multitude of mediums they pervade, they have established themselves as real-life narrators of women’s experiences and created a business out of being themselves.
2. They do what they want.
Did we mention Emily hosts a radio show about sex and that her book, Hot Sex, features hot and provocative advice and artwork? These women do what they want, are assertive and are authentically themselves, both on screen and off, trumping double standards while maintaining graciousness and keeping their personalities in tact. Their humor and honesty run deep, whatever drama in their life unfolds before the camera lens. It is rare to watch women on TV comfortable enough to reveal their true selves, from their kindness to their bold irreverence, while remaining so likable.
3. They help real women.
In both of their lines of work, Julia and Emily help women on their most personal life journeys by reflecting the realities of some of women’s greatest joys and struggles in sex, love and relationships. Through their journeys, Emily and Julia maintain their own goals for career success and make no apologies for setting a high bar for what they want in a partner or for questioning social norms. They write and talk about sex and dating in a refreshingly honest way and, following Vixely’s mission, de-stigmatize women’s discussion on such topics and open the dialogue. Emily gives women a forum to comfortably discuss their sexual experiences and ask honest questions; and Julia, through her writing, has given legions of young women a real voice from a unique and confident vantage point.
We love Julia and Emily for charting their own course—publicly, personally and professionally—and rewriting the rules for how it can be done along the way. Well done, ladies!
Watch “Miss Advised” every Monday at 10 PM EST on Bravo TV.