Julie Benbassat

Julie Benbassat is an illustrator who draws inspiration from the natural world, funky folk art and the quirks of daily living. She lives in Brooklyn and loves soft tofu stew and hiking.

Stories By Julie Benbassat

The Acrobatic Immigrant Who Invented Pilates in a Prisoner of War Camp

Interned during WWI, circus entertainer Joseph Pilates used found materials and his fellow prisoners as his test lab, and imagined an exercise system that would captivate millions.

My Secret Life as a Mysterious Multimillionaire’s Personal Assistant

It started with a simple Craigslist ad. Before long I was being sent on sketchy tasks, pocketing wads of cash, and trying not to think about where his money came from.