Singer and fashionista Julianna Zobrist—wife of Cubs second baseman and 2016 World Series MVP Ben Zobrist—believes everyone is entitled to express themselves without fear. Her new book explains how.
Not just any woman can pull off a silver tank and suede pouf-shoulder jacket in Chicago; that sort of fashion statement takes gravitas. But within five minutes of chatting with Julianna Zobrist, it’s clear that this Iowa City native has confidence oozing out of her perfectly taut pores—and not just when it comes to fashion.
The singer behind 2016’s Christian rock album Shatterproof knew she had talent as a high schooler, and so applied to Belmont University in Nashville to study music, all the while paying tuition as a personal assistant, vocal coach and backup singer for rock ’n’ roll hot shots. Once she married MLB star-to-be Ben Zobrist (her high school sweetheart), she simply took her keyboard with her on the baseball road show and recorded music from hotel rooms. It was exciting, but guilt crept in, says the 33-year-old. “I felt like I was navigating my life based on other people’s expectations of me and being judged for my choices.”
Shatterproof addressed those feelings of shame, guilt and what Zobrist calls “shoulding”; her favorite line is, “Don’t should on me!” (which, she admits, is fun to say out loud, fast). Her message of confidence and of not letting others define your trajectory resonated with fans and led to speaking engagements for youth groups and women’s organizations. Those talks culminated in her new book, Pull It Off: Removing Your Fears and Putting on Confidence ($22, Hachette), due out Sept. 18.
When Zobrist is in Chicago, you may spot her in one of her abundantly colorful looks, bouncing around town with her three kids. “I’ve been compared to Rainbow Brite,” she jokes, but she doesn’t mind; she believes the degree to which we absorb applause is the same degree to which we absorb criticism. “What I value more importantly is being true to myself,” the singer says. “Fashion is a beautiful expression of you and all your Technicolor fury.” Her motto? “Go fun or go naked.” Amen, sister.
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