Upstate New York, USA.
Tell us about yourself (where are you from, age, whatever you want to add)
My name is Ashley, I am 20 years old from Upstate Cortland N.Y; a small town out in the country. I am a very adventurous and outgoing person. I love to travel and try new things. I grew up dancing jazz, tap, and ballet for 10 years of my childhood. In high school I ran Cross Country and Track which has taught me a lot about learning to never give up and follow my dreams. I have always had a love for music and the arts. I discovered I loved modeling once I moved away for college in 2017-2018. I began shooting with local photographers in Upstate N.Y. and have been working to improve my work ever since. I have been modeling for only about one year and I have fallen in love with every part of it. It has helped me meet so many amazing people and gain confidence in myself. My parents have always told me that I could do anything I want to if I want it bad enough and that has stuck with me for my entire life. I am one of the most hardworking and ambitious girls out there, when I set a goal I do not stop until I get there.
What is your biggest dream?
My biggest dream is to make the cover of Sports Illustrated Magazine and get into bikini modeling. I would also love to participate in NYFW! I believe in loving every inch of your body and always feeling beautiful in your own skin.
What does it mean to be your own kind of beautiful?
To be your own kind of beautiful means loving your body regardless of what others say and accepting your flaws. Never be afraid to be yourself and be unique. Everyone is beautiful in their own way and you should never give someone else the power to make you feel differently. Be confident in who you are and love yourself.
Tell us about your modeling experience.
I have been modeling in Upstate Rochester N.Y. for about one year now. I have done over 50 photoshoots with local photographers, participated in Miss Jetset 2019, and just recently joined Hannah Noelle Models!
What is your dream brand to model for?
My dream brand to model for would be either Victoria’s Secret, Adidas, or Sports Illustrated.
How would you describe your fashion style?
I have always been a huge fan of shopping and fashion. My fashion style would be described as girly and cute. I love wearing sundresses in the summer, floral prints, bows, etc. All clothes that make me feel girly and cute.
How important is self-awareness and confidence to you in your everyday life?
I believe self-awareness and confidence is a necessity to being happy every day and always standing up for what you believe in. Confidence allows you to do your best at everything you do and never give up on your dreams. It keeps you striving everyday.
What makes you beautiful/handsome?
What makes me beautiful is that I am kind to everyone I meet regardless of how they treat me, because you never know what someone is struggling with behind closed doors. I believe you should treat everyone how you want to be treated. I am always wanting to help other girls gain self-love/confidence and encouraging everyone to follow their dreams! I believe beauty truly does come from the inside; it makes you shine on the outside.
What would you say to another person your age who is struggling with their confidence?
I have gotten this question many times from girls my age struggling with self-love/confidence asking me “How do you stay so confident all the time?” I tell them it’s all about believing in yourself and your abilities. If you want something bad enough keep trying over and over again until you get there and never give up. Never let someone tell you that you cannot do something. Also, know who you truly are as a person and do not mind what other people think of you. There is only one of you and that is what makes you so special.