Ashley Moore

We  got such a great response from our last feature on the amazing artists that have been inspired by our girls to create really beautiful pieces of art that we decided to make this an ongoing thing.  We’re going to continue to give shout outs to all of you who create art using our girls as muses.  This time around we’d like to give major props to: @matt_smiley, @juliano_strino, @nickonken, @creativeseven, @unknown_x_artist, @niya_art, @bugiman, @rasfader, @xmariav, and @ruslan_mustapaev_.  You guys rock!

Want us to share your sketch, graphic art, or painting? Tag @Nousmodels and hashtag #MyNousWork on Instagram or Twitter for us to spot and share your artwork as inspired by the ladies of Nous Models.

Congratulations Ashley! Over the last few years with us, you’ve done so many amazing things. It’s been a pleasure and an honor to watch you grow with us, and we’re so happy that we’ve been part of this journey with you!  For all of your adoring fans who helped get you to the 500k mark, here’s a look back at some of our favorite images of you. We know there will be many, many more to come!!!

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One of the things we love about social media is the ability to share and receive all kinds of images of our girls, the work that they do and the work that they inspire. When we realized how amazing these were and how many there were, we decided to pay it forward and make it a regular thing. So from now on, we’re going to be giving shout outs to the fabulous artists that have graciously chosen our girls at muses for their work. Have more than a few pieces of our girls?  You may just get your own feature on Nous Zine!  Keep up the great work guys, you inspire us more than you know!

Want us to share your sketch, graphic art, or painting?  Tag @Nousmodels and hashtag #MyNousWork on Instagram or Twitter for us to spot and share your artwork as inspired by the ladies of Nous Models.  

 

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Everyone needs a second chance! The Giving Keys (@thegivingkeys), led by Caitlin Crosby, repurposes old hotel and house keys into totally chic jewelry with inspirational messages. Stamped with words and phrases like HOPE, DREAM, and LET GO, we could definitely use the little reminder in our lives. Proceeds from the keys go towards transitioning people out of homelessness and into the workforce. Wear a key for yourself, then pass it on to inspire someone else when you’re done! You can shop for your own key and share your story at www.thegivingkeys.com.

The seriously epic campaign was shot by Travis Schnieder. Check out Ashley Moore, Jordan Monaghan, and Maggimae rocking their keys below!

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Ashley (@ashleymooreM) recently shot with photographers Joe Villanueva and Katie Stone for an exclusive editorial by Galore Magazine. Of course the pictures are absolutely stunning, with flawless hair by Leah Bacino and makeup by Ash Mathews. Galore sat down with Ashley to chat with her about her career, her inspirations and what it really means to be beautiful.

Check out the full interview 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?

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.

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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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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.

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We first met Taschka Turnquist when she approached us about testing our models. We instantly fell in love with her ability to photograph the girls so beautifully and uniquely. 

Upon viewing Taschka’s portfolio, one can truly feel the passion and drive behind her work. Her photography is far more than a camera capturing an image but it is an experience. It’s clear as to why her recent solo art show was titled Look but Don’t Touch“, her art is incredibly moving. 

Read more as this talented young artist shares her story with us. 

With artists as parents, creativity runs through your blood; can you share more about your background in the arts?

My mother was a writer and artist so it was only natural for me to follow suit. I spent most of my childhood drawing, painting, making clothes for my dolls from scratch. I’d even build doll houses out of scrap wood.  I just loved to create.  I became interested in Photograpy during high school but it wasn’t until after college, where I majored in fashion design, that I started shooting again.  Soon photography became the focus and my career path defined itself.

What were your thoughts when you picked up your first camera?

“I can freeze time.” This is very appealing to a control freak. It’s a way to savor the moment as you like it and/or a way to memorialize something that will never be again. I was intrigued by that power and I still am all these years later.

At what point did you know you were destined to be a photographer?

“I knew I was set when I saw how people reacted to me when I would shoot them. I’m a people person despite being very much a loner.  Another side of me comes out when my camera is around. It’s like Dr. Jekyll and Mr Hyde. The camera does the dirty work, I’m just along for the ride.”

Describe your style in three words:

“Sex.
Depth.
Intuition.”

If you could work with anybody living or dead who would it be and why?

“Herb Ritts. I would love to have learned from him…and be photographed by him. It was on my bucket list. Ahh, another lifetime I suppose.”

I also heard that you had a recent art show, can you share more about that as well?
What was the name for this series and why? What was the inspiration behind this series?

“Yes, in NY I just had a solo show titled “Look but don’t touch.” I was inspired to share my intimate point
of view and muses behind it.  Those little moments in between that tickle the eye.  I love when I’m
shooting and I catch a breath or exhale I didn’t see coming.  That’s what the show was about.  The
viewer wanting to reach in and touch the subject…but it’s only a picture.  So keep your hands to
yourself.”

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Models shown: Ashley Moore, Candice Neill, Giza, Haley Porter, Hayley Corbett, and Kirby Griffin