Photographer (Above): Hissa Igarashi
How old were you when you began modeling? I started modeling when I was fifteen years old.
What do you feel has been your greatest accomplishments thus far? Keeping my momentum and believing in my path has been the greatest accomplishment. The things that I have learned in this field has definitely turned me into a force to be reckoned with. This year I was in two commercials and that was a huge blessing. I feel like I'm in alignment with myself and the Universe. I'm like, "Bring it on!" I want to be an example for those who lack motivation or don't believe in the power of thoughts. You are what you think. It's a real thing.
Who is an artist that you would love to work with? I would love to shoot with Dana Cole, I love her work. Period. I'd love to model for Path McGrath or Fenti. I'm also a huge fan of Janelle Monae so working with her would be a dream come true.
Are you signed? If so, what agency? I am signed with Crawford Models. The agency is based in New York.
Who is one of your favorite models? Past or present. RuPaul, Iman, Naomi Campbell, Linda Evangelista, Liya Kebede, Yasmin Warsame, Gia Carangi, Donyale Luna, Noemie Lenoir, Jordan Dunn....the list goes on and on. Oh, and did I mention RuPaul? Because if I didn't, RuPaul.
What is the best way for you to be contacted for prospective work/opportunities? You can contact my agency or send me a message on Instagram.
Print/Runway/Editorial? There's different energy in all of them so I enjoy all three.
Photographer (Above): Itaysha Jordan
How was your first experience as a model? Horrible! I shot with a photographer who had no interest in teaching me how to pose. I had no clue what I was doing. No clue! Her assistant ended up shooting me. From that shoot I started studying poses from Vogue magazines because I never wanted to have that experience again.
What are some of your do's and don'ts when preparing for a photo shoot? Do's: get enough sleep, set two alarms (just in case), groom yourself well and pack a model bag with snacks, makeup, appropriate under garments for the shoot and a pair of shoes.Don'ts: arrive late, or have an attitude. Try to stay away from your cell phone. Take a quick selfie if you need to but stay in the moment. You are working.
Where do you see yourself in 5 years? I'm getting into television writing and acting so I'm manifesting a life in that field. I love writing and would like to create a successful, original television show. In five years I see myself happy, healthy and conquering the red carpet events with my charisma, uniqueness, nerve and talent.
Where can people find you on social media? My Instagram Handle is theofficial_ashleyharris.
You can find Ashley in previous seasons of the Project Runway franchise, an American Express commercial as well as 'Dark and Lovely'.
(Below is Ashley featured in the American Express commerical | Pay it, Plan it)