Interview: Model Ashley Sky Talks Tumblr Fame and Working with Kanye West and Jay-Z

Interview: Model Ashley Sky Talks Tumblr Fame and Working with Kanye West and Jay-Z

Are there any other common misconceptions about you that people bring up?
The good thing about having a lot of social media is that I can really talk to people. People see that, "Wow, you're really humble and down to earth. You're not stuck up." That's one of the good things because I don't think that people get to talk to models. It's very much another world to people and I think the fact that I do talk back and I answer if they have a question is relatable and let's people see who I am.

Is it true that you're a big hip hop fan? What do you keep on rotation these days?
[Laughs.] That's really funny because I think people wouldn't expect that. Maybe they would because everyone is so into hip-hop right now, but nothing I don't listen to anything particular. Besides country music and rock, I really like eclectic music. I'm more of a Frank Ocean and Drake fan. I like the harder stuff, but I'm definitely a girl when it comes to that.

Like you said, with agencies, there's competition with other girls to book jobs. Is competition still something you keep in mind?
I stay up on what's going on. I have a lot of friends who are with agencies and I'm really the only one who does it this way. Does it motivate me? Yeah, definitely. Everything that's going on in the modeling world and fashion world motivates me. I feel like I have to work harder. I am marketing myself and putting myself out there.

What kind of projects do you have going on right now?
We're talking to a few big publications and negotiating with some brands that I can't really say yet. But stay tuned! [Laughs.] A lot of things this summer. This summer will be big.

I read that a couple of your goals are to get in Sports Illustrated and work with Victoria's Secret. How big would that be for you?
With those, that's obviously dreaming real big, but I don't want to sell myself short and think that I can't. I just think that those are the ultimate jobs you can get in the U.S. as a model. Those are also things that you become known for and something that will get you jobs. You don't have to work on getting jobs anymore, you know? You don't have to do much. [Laughs.]

Are there any models you look up to?
Gisele Bundchen. Just her career, besides the fact that she's gorgeous, I like how she branded herself. She's not just a model. She really is everywhere and is a business woman. I admire that about her.

Is that entrepreneurial side of hers something that you want to adopt someday?
Yeah, that's kind of what I'm doing right now. I'm getting involved with brands and putting my face on things. Owning a business is something I think about, not just being a model and taking pictures.

Do you ever get any weird requests or questions from people?
Honestly, the number one question I get is "Will you marry me?" [Laughs.] That's the funniest thing because I can never reply to that. Like, what am I going to say? "Yeah I will definitely marry you!" It's funny because I don't think everybody knows that everyone asks it. Obviously, people are just being funny. [Laughs.]

Other than that, it's really repetitive. I have over a thousand unanswered questions because it's literally the same ones over and over again: "Why aren't you in Sports Illustrated?" "What's your diet?" "What's your exercise regime?"

I’m assuming relationship questions are something you get asked often as well.

 

Honestly, the number one question I get is "Will you marry me?"

 

I don't think people care about that [Laughs.] For a while on Twitter, I wasn't thinking as professionally as I should've been and I did talk about who I was with. It got to a point where I realized that's not why people are following me. I can still be relatable without being so personal, so now I try to keep that stuff out of it. Anything with my family or my close friends, I try not to get them involved.

What's a typical day for you?
It depends on the season. [Laughs.] Really! Right now, I'm really preparing for summer and something people might not think about is how much work it takes to run everything. Answering e-mails, sending pictures, doing fittings and all of thatit's a lot. I don't think people know how much I have going on and how many people I'm dealing with everyday. No matter what I'm doing, it cannot just be relaxing. It has to get done. I'm busy all the time and I feel like it never stops, which is why I'm working with so many people now. It got overwhelming.

I have a team of a few people, but people that I really trust. I work with an Internet marketer and a graphic designer for all of my pages. I don't know how to do any of that stuff. [Laughs.] I think that's one more thing people don't really knowwhat I'm doing, what I'm writing and the pictures I'm putting upit's all planned out.

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