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Ashlaplease tell us your talent/work rate per hour?
I am a model who enjoys modelling for photography, but runway modelling is my favourite. I have previously worked for about $12 per hour.
Ashla. Tell us ABOUT yourself.
I am a 19-year-old model/ college student who is currently majoring in Political Science. I am from a very small city in Alabama, so there isn't much to offer here when it comes to modelling, but I have always travelled to surrounding cities and states for modelling gigs. I recently joined a modelling organisation at Alabama State University that goes by the name of Elite Models. In this organisation, we take part in many events dealing with modelling and fashion shows. Derricius Breon, which is the coordinator, has taught me many great things.
Our readers would love to get to know you more Ashla. Tell us about yourself, what is unique about you?
I feel that I am unique because I never let anything or anyone gets in the way of the dream that I am trying to pursue. I will always keep going no matter what because I know that this is what I want.
Ashla, what are your passion and aspiration in life? How did you start as a Model?
My passion is modeling. I feel that modelling is my passion because it makes me so happy. I'm honestly ecstatic when I get the chance to see footage of myself strutting the runway or photos of myself from photoshoots. It makes me happy and proud of myself at the same time, so that is why I feel that I'm so passionate about it. I aspire to be a model for a living. I would love for modelling to be my main career. Even if I'm not as big as Naomi Campbell or Tyra Banks, although it would be great to be as big as them, I just want to model for a living! I became interested in modelling at a very young age. My mum and I would always watch America's Next Top Model (ANTM), and I most definitely believe that show is what gave me the idea of wanting to model. I even had the ANTM video game lol! I was in my first fashion show thanks to my mum and her boutique, The Pink Leopard Boutique. I had the pleasure of modelling some of her clothing in a fashion show. As soon as I stepped foot onto the runway, I knew that a model is what I wanted to be.
Who is your inspiration in life Ashla? How do you keep inspired?
My mom is my inspiration in life because she is the ultimate role model, in my eyes. My mom, who was a single mother, always made sure that I had every necessity, want and everything else! She is always trying to help me reach my goals and pursue my dream. About 95% of the modelling gigs I have been in is because of my mom. She is my manager. She taught me how to be strong and independent without even trying to. She has her boutique, and she is also retired from the Army National Gaurd. Her greatness just doesn't stop. I keep because of my mum. She motivates me like no one else, and I just want to make her happy because that is what she does for me.
We all make mistakes Ashla; we wish we could take back. Please tell us about time being a Model; you wish you’d handled a situation differently with a colleague.
As a model, I haven't had any altercations or anything in that nature. Most of the time I work with people who are as passionate as I am about modelling, so we both know that there is not any time or energy that can be wasted on altercations or anything of that nature.
Ashley, when you’re working with a large number of clients, it’s tricky to deliver excellent service to them all. As a Model, how do you go about prioritising your clients’ needs?
I just always make sure that I remember why I am doing what I'm doing and it makes it easier for me to get my job(s) done. I like to know exactly what each one of my clients wants so that I can come up with a way to reach all of their needs without giving them or myself a hard time.
Please tell us Ashla, about a time you had to be very strategic to meet all your top priorities as a Model?
I was once in a fashion show with about twenty-five other girls, and our dressing room was the size of the average bedroom. Before the show began, I had to divide the room into sections, in my head. There was a section for, getting dressed and undressed and a section for lining up to get ready to go onstage. It worked out fine, and the show was successful.
Ashla, please give us an example of a time when you were able to successfully persuade someone to see things your way at work.
I was once in a fashion show in Atlanta, Georgia and some of the models were not able to fit into some of the clothing, so the head person in charge decide to have a second fitting and model call. The models that could not fit the clothing were to return home. I didn't think that's was fair because most of the models were not from the area, which means that they had to travel to get there. I suggested that the smaller models wore non-stretch material clothing and the other models wore stretchable material clothing. They agreed that I had a great and fair idea, so all of the models were able to stay and complete the show.
Ashla, please tell us about your proudest professional accomplishment as a Model. There might be many, but there is always this proudest moment that you just want to share with everyone. What is it and why?
My most proud moment was when I got the chance to be in a fashion show for the dress company, Rachel Allan, in Chicago, Illinois. This is my proudest moment because the city I am from is so small and unheard of it made me feel great to be able to go to a big city that is well-known to do something I love.
Ashla, please give us an example of a time you were able to be creative with your work. What was exciting or difficult about it?
Recently, I had a photoshoot that I directed. I was able to select the colours I wanted to wear, the way I wanted my nails, hair and makeup to be and I was even able to pose however I wanted to. It was very difficult because I had to make sure that everything would come together with the way that I planned for it too. It was very exciting to see the results of a photoshoot that I directed. It made me very happy and proud to see that everything turned out the way that I planned it would.
What advice would you give to the people who want to be successful as a Model?
I would advise anyone who wants to be a model always to be positive, confident and never to give up. Just because you get a no from one person does not mean you will get a no from them all. Someone somewhere will love you as much as you love yourself. NEVER give up!
Are you looking for collaboration with fashion talents, brands and creatives? If yes, please state below what type of collaboration you are looking for?
Yes, I'm looking for collaborations with everyone. If it has anything to do with me modelling, then you can count me in! There isn't a specific type of collaboration I'm looking for. I'm very open to new and different experiences.