"Spring Honey" Featuring Ashley Moore for Galore Mag

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Bombshell of a model Ashley Moore, who you may remember not only from countless beautiful campaigns, but also as the subject of Drake’s video for hit song “Hold on, We’re Going Home”. SO, we are so excited to present this editorial Galore fave photographers Villanueva & Stone shot exclusively for us. They also took some time out to interview the darling model about life in the limelight. Check out all below!

Ashley: what did you want to become when you were a child?
I wanted to be an actress and still do to this very day. I just want to keep pursuing this.

 

Where do you call home?
I’m from a military family, so I traveled a lot…I was never in just one place. I lived in North Carolina the longest before I moved out here, so I would definitely call that home. I love going home to visit because it’s very relaxing and different from here. The pace of life is slower. You know?

Pink Sweater by rag & bone 

Pink Sweater by rag & bone 

Who’s your favorite model or actress?
I’m obsessed with Angelina Jolie as far as acting. She’s a business woman who can do everything and she’s just headstrong… I really admire that about her. As far as modeling I really look up to Chanel Iman, she’s one of my favorites. I actually had a chance to meet her and she was simply amazing. I really look up to her, and we share a similar look in a way. I think that’s another reason I look up to her so much.

Dress by Alexander Wang

Dress by Alexander Wang

Top by Marc Jacobs

Top by Marc Jacobs

Ashley, tell us about your experience in the fashion world?
In the beginning I was not really into it or took it seriously. However, after being in it for a while it really opened my eyes to the different vibes and energy people have. And what people put into it all as well. I know it’s a lot to deal with, but fashion is amazing. I appreciate it more now.


How do you get ready for shoots?
I go in with a positive mindset and a great attitude. Like it’s going to be the best shoot of my life. And it usually turns out to be a really good shoot. So I decide to pump myself up about it.


What is the weirdest shoot you’ve been a part of?
I did a Lexus commercial and it was a little uncomfortable because I looked completely different. My eyebrows were bleached, I had black hair, I looked like an Alien. That and having to play a 15 year old cabbie who’s all cheesy and stuff. The thing is I enjoy getting into character and not being yourself.

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Bikini by Victoria's Secret

Bikini by Victoria's Secret

Shorts by A.L.C.

Shorts by A.L.C.

What would you say has been your favorite shoot?

I shot for GQ with A$AP Rocky, and I shot with Ben Watts which is one of my favorite photographers and it was amazing. Just being around the energy and the crowd was amazing. It was really great working with Ben. That’s also when I met Chanel Iman…so that was an amazing, amazing day. Another one was, I was able to go to Puerto Rico for a shoot I did for Garage. It was a 3 day shoot around really cool people and a great scene. Those were really great moments for me,


How do you face rejection?
In the beginning it was really difficult for me. People can say so many negative and hurtful things to you. I’ve just learned to just ignore it and realize there’s always going to be a prettier girl, that’s just the life. You can’t compare yourself or let those words get to you because then your confidence is just shot. So I’ve learned to be who I am and be comfortable in my own skin and just go with it, be happy and not really care what others think.


What is your opinion of beauty, is there a certain stereotype?
It’s definitely what’s on the inside, the outside isn’t everything. You have to have a good personality, confidence, have a good attitude and carry yourself well. Because a negative attitude will make you look horrible and it’ll make you become an ugly person.
You can be beautiful all day long on the outside but if you don’t have a beautiful inside, it doesn’t really matter. So the way you carry yourself and having overall just great energy. That’s what beauty is to me.


What drives you?
Honestly, do what I love and be able to support and take care of my family. I want to travel the world and help others. I love going on mission trips just because we should always give back. Seeing others be happy makes me happy. That’s one of my big goals: Travel.

Model: Ashley Moore @ Nous + One

Makeup: Ash Mathews

Hair: Leah Bacino

Photographers : Joe Villanueva and Katie Stone

Rachel Barnes @ The Beach

Black Sweater by rag & bone/JEANS

Black Sweater by rag & bone/JEANS

White Top by Helmut Lang

White Top by Helmut Lang

Black Shorts by Current/Elliott

Black Shorts by Current/Elliott

Red Skirt by ZARA

Red Skirt by ZARA

Bikini by Victoria's Secret

Bikini by Victoria's Secret

Model: Rachel Barnes @ newMARK Models + No Ties
Makeup: Ash Mathews
Hair: Régne

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How has modeling changed your life?

Changed my life? Hmm... well... I’ve been doing this for so long that I can't see myself doing anything else. It’s when I feel most comfortable but I live a different kind of life.

When I took some time off modeling I realized a few things. I could have easily lived a very normal life in San Diego. You know, get married maybe, I was even thinking of becoming a yoga instructor.

It’s changed my life in that way. At the same time I've attracted this my whole life. It hasn’t really changed, it’s always been there.

 

And how long have you been modeling for?

I’ve been modeling for 10 years... Woah. WOAH. 

 

10 years. Wow and how old are you?

I’m 22.

 

So, what type of girl does it take to be successful as a model?

I’m a firm believer that you have to put in the effort.

There's a lot of people in our industry who take our work for granted. They just sit there and complain that they’re not where they want to be in life.

That’s because your agent can’t do everything for you. YOU have to make it a point to work your freakin’ ass off!

Be creative and develop new ideas. There’s only so much they can do for you.

You get what you put in. 

 

What are some of the biggest challenges you face overall and on a daily basis as a model?

It’s hard to have the confidence you need because you’re surrounded by beautiful people every single day.

Social media can be a good thing, but it can also be a really, really bad thing.

I have to literally take time to separate those two worlds because it can really affect me. I don't even realize it... it just hits me one day and I don’t want to get out of bed.

It’s so easy to get into that "social media spiral." I've learned to NOT do that anymore. 

 

So how do you deal with it?

I have great friends that can relate and great parents I can call and they'll help me.

But... it’s a really sensitive subject. It’s kind of embarrassing.

For example, I was dating someone who was so “anti this industry” and I was in a very dark place at the time. I had body issues, dealing with acne, and just things come up.

I’m human, you know?

Sometimes it’s just hard. So I write. I journal. Or I’ll go to a yoga class. Something to release. I’m also really into water. Music helps me a lot too.

And like I said earlier, having good friends that can relate really helps.

I live with an actress/model so she deals with the same things. The thing is, I don’t think anyone really talks about it out loud. So it’s important that we tell people how we feel.

 

What, in your opinion, needs to change in order for models to be properly recognized?

This whole ‘celebrity thing’ has evolved into a bigger issue.

It used to be supermodels on the covers of magazines. Now it’s fucking Beyonce on the cover of Sports Illustrated. Don’t get me wrong I LOVE Beyonce but you know...

At the same time more models need to DO more.

It would be RAD to see other creative aspects of these beautiful girls. Whether it be making a beauty line like Miranda Kerr, or writing a book, or doing a fucking workout video, I don’t know... 

There needs to be the “whole package” with models. I feel like our culture is very into the ‘“do it all” mentality.

Let’s encourage girls to do more. We need to recreate ourselves.

Don’t look at yourselves like just a pretty face. If you have other dreams and goals then DO them while still modeling. It's hard to balance but worth it.

Some days though, I just want to be normal and eat gluten.

 

Model: Kayslee Collins @ TWO Management, Elite Miami

Makeup / Hair : Ash Mathews

Photographers : Joe Villanueva and Katie Stone