Jul 13, 2016 1:57PM

Meet The Model: Ashley James @ NEXT

Hello world, this is me.

New model on the block Ashley James spent her youth raising and training horses, is a big Roy Woods fan and a bigger sweetheart. She recently moved to LA where she's learning a lot about herself while casually slaying at modelling.

We caught up recently to kick it in her new neighbourhood and chat about the big issues, get aquatinted below.

Name: Ashley James

Nickname:
Ash

Star sign:
Sagittarius

Where are you from?
I was born in Denver, Colorado but I moved to St. Louis, Missouri when I was seven and I've lived there ever since.

How did you get "discovered"?
I was doing my summer reading homework the day before my Junior year of high school, when a family friend told me about a casting that Mother Model Management was having. I found out last minute and wasn't expecting anything that was to come.

How has your life changed since then?
I ran in with long blonde hair to the open call and the first thing my agents asked me is if I would change my hair to a darker colour. I was totally open to anything and was ready to learn more about the modelling industry, because at first I didn't know anything.

What do you do enjoy doing outside of modelling?
I've been around horses my whole life and I raised and trained my horse since he was one. It takes a lot of hard work and commitment to work with horses, but I got pretty good at it, and I started teaching others how to ride. I've trained other horses for people as well.

What songs or albums are sountracking your life atm?
Definitely can't go wrong with Drake and Rihanna's new albums, but my favourite song atm is 'How I Feel' by Roy Woods. I listen to it so much my friends won't let me have the aux cord anymore because that's all I play.

Any personal beliefs or values that are meaningful to you?
I would say my main belief is to stay true to yourself and who you are. After coming to LA and being in a new environment other than my home town, I have started to learn so much more about myself. I learned how to embrace it and it has made my life so much more positive.

What celebrity do you have a crush on?
Zayn Malik.

Who are three women you look up to and why?
My mom because she raised my sister and I on her own when my parents got divorced when I was seven. Mary Clarke, my agent with Mother Model Management, because she always gives all of us the best advice and always pushes me to be the best I can be. My teacher Mrs. Killcullen because she is the most patient and kindest woman I know and is always willing to go the extra step to help me even beyond my school work.

What's something you've done that you feel really proud of?
I'm proud that I came to LA on my own to really work towards something I really want. I am glad that I showed myself that if I stay dedicated and work hard things can happen that I would never have imagined.

What do you want to be when you grow up?
I'm still not sure what I want to be after modelling, but whatever I do I want to be a influence to other people. I don't want to be rich and famous, I just want to have a voice and help others find theirs as well.

Will you send us a selfie?
Yesss.

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Photography: Darren Ankenman
Model: Ashley James @ NEXT