"The Life And Times Of Prophecy"
Ashley Kirk, Like Most of the World’s Most Beautiful Women, Has covered the Pages of Magazines Across the Globe… From FHM, to Maxim and Playboy. And as everybody tells you about this Industry, it’s Not All Glitz & Glamour. As a matter of fact, when cameras are off.. It can be anything but. So sometimes you just have to respect the Hustle & Grind that goes behind just 30 seconds on TV, or just one page for the World to see.
Esquire Malaysia had a major pow-wow with Ashley, to find out what it was really like to come from a small Midwestern town.. Grosse Point, Michigan, which spans about 1-square mile with a population of about 6,000.. only to land smack dab in the middle of Tinseltown, and one of the places that makes Hollywood Tick.. The Playboy Mansion and the Playboy Empire.
Flawless Pictorials don’t come easy.. and neither is the life experience of a girl who has had to confront the conflict of Industry Ideals versus Small Town Views. But we know one thing is for certain.. no Matter what her Obstacles have been, Ashley Kirk has kept the strength of standing her ground.. adhering to her conscience and convictions.. no matter what this Industry attempts. What you get is an honest, intimate and transparent look at the Soul of a woman, with a Stance of a Leader, paving her own way in an Industry where decisions and choices are made for you.
And it’s probably best you get to know who Ashley Truly is now… while you still can… Cause it’s about to get intense for this Rare Diamond of a Bombshell… Who’s set to star in the new film “Pawn” out in Theaters April 23rd, which will star Ray Liotta, Forest Whitaker, Michael Chiklis, Nikki Reed and Common.
I think Critical Acclaim would be an understatement.. Rise of a Supernova sounds a bit more like it.
Check out Ashley Kirk in one of the Realest Interviews you will ever read by peeping game below, or checking it out on Esquire Mag Malaysia
The life and times of a Playboy Bunny isn’t as pornographic as you think.
Its name, its logo, and its… “mascots” are infamous and notorious all over the world. Playboy—Hugh Hefner’s magazine that has expanded into a multi-million multimedia empire, which is loved by many and hated by many more. For us in Malaysia, we might only know it for its images of naked ladies obtained through cunning strategems, or, curiously, as clothes, underwear and fragrances. But what’s Playboy really like? What does it really mean to be a Playboy girl?
So we spoke to Ashley Kirk, a model and actress who’s had the Playboy experience: photos, parties and pressure. She still models full-time but is now pursuing a career in acting (she stars in Pawn alongside Ray Liotta, Michael Chiklis and Forest Whitaker). Here, in her own words, is what it means to be a Playboy girl:
“I moved from Grosse Pointe, Michigan, to Los Angeles to further my studies. I got my Associate’s Degree in Merchandising Marketing from The Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising. Then I got my Bachelor’s in Communications from The California State University. After that, I was doing styling and PR, and somehow, a friend who had a clothing line asked if I would do a photoshoot for his new clothing line. I’d never thought about it before. His site just took off, and I was asked to do one thing after another. I hired agents and managers, and it became a career out of nowhere. It wasn’t something I was pursuing. I’m not one of those people who moves to Hollywood with the illusion of being a movie star. I came here to go to school! [laughs]
“Then, as I was modelling, someone I had worked with hired me for one of the Playboy events to be a body-paint model. I had never done anything next to nude at all—because you’re naked and they airbrush you. At first, I was definitely nervous and scared. Then after doing it, you’re like, ‘What? This isn’t a big deal at all. It’s fun!’
“I was a body-paint model at the Playboy Mansion for at least a year before I’d even thought about doing the magazine. I knew as much as anyone else does about Playboy. You’d think, ‘Oh, the girls are really beautiful.’ I never had any negative thoughts about it. But I’m from Michigan, and where I’m from is really conservative. Playboy has a stigma there.
“But after going to the mansion, it’s like nothing how you thought it was—everyone having sex everywhere, or whatever. But that’s not how it is at all. Its so-called reputation is one of those over-hyped things. They rent out the mansion for different events, and it’s very top notch. I always say they have the best food. I go there for the food! [laughs] So, I would work at these events as a body-paint model. All people want to do is take your picture. It’s harmless. You almost want it to be as crazy as everyone makes it out to be! But it’s not. And I’ve met Hugh Hefner, but it’s not like he knows my name. There are always so many girls at the Playboy Mansion. But he’s very, very nice. The girls are wearing skimpy, or next-to-nothing clothes. But it’s just like—meh, just another day!
“Anyway, a photographer later asked me if I would consider doing a test shoot. He was a contracted photographer for Playboy and he had seen some of my work. At the time, I was not interested at all. But I knew he has a good reputation, so that’s one of the reasons I was okay with meeting him and seeing what happens.
“I didn’t discuss doing Playboy with anybody, because I didn’t really want anyone’s opinion, because it didn’t matter. I didn’t want to be persuaded. I just made up my mind just to do it.
“So I did the test shoot, and let’s say that it’s not for the faint of heart if it’s your first time. First, they’ll start you off slow. ‘Now lose the top.” You’re like, okay! ‘Now lose the bottom.’ Gah! It’s strange at first. But they’re all very nice. I never felt subjected or anything like that.
“When I saw the photos, I was blown away. I knew that this photographer was very well known in LA, one of the best photographers in the world, and his work is outstanding. I thought the test photos were very good, and he thought so too. He wanted to submit the photos to Playboy and asked if I would mind. I was like, ‘Okay, whatever.’ Then, I heard back from them and they said they wanted to publish it in four different magazines. It took less than a few months. It was very fast. I’m like, ‘Okay.’ The second they said go, then it was done—with the same photographer.
“During those months when you’re waiting, you just have to put it out of your mind. You don’t want to expect or think anything in particular. You’re just like, ‘If it happens it happens.’ If it’s meant to be, it’s meant to be. If not, move on.
“So that’s when we did the actual photoshoot, with all these different looks. Everyone is so professional. They do this everyday; it’s almost like nothing to them. Everyone was so cool. It was a very warm environment and you just feel really safe. They know the nature of what’s going on. They want to make sure that you’re comfortable and that you feel good. And they make you feel so beautiful. You’re working with the best hairstylist, the best make-up artist, the best stylist. It’s kinda hard not to feel pretty good. The shoot was done at a house in the hills. You walk in, and you’re surrounded by the most beautiful clothes and shoes. You look in the mirror, and you can’t believe it’s you. You just feel so good. All this, and you’re shooting in a million-dollar house. It was pretty cool!
“Once I saw the photos, I thought, ‘They’re just so tasteful.’ It’s not like Hustler where you’re getting—I don’t want to sound too graphic—anything inserted. [laughs] It’s just your body. You’re not having sex, and there’s no one else there. The photos are like art. They’re really pretty.
“When my parents found out, they were devastated. My family was very upset. My brother wouldn’t talk to me. My dad was actually very cool about everything. I remember he said, ‘It’s your life. If that’s what you want to do…’ But my mum was crying. I was like, what did I do? I didn’t hurt anyone, and I couldn’t understand. A lot of girls here, in LA especially, are dying to get into Playboy. Here for us, it’s a very prestigious thing to say you were chosen. The casting calls get hundreds or thousands of girls from all over the world trying to get in. It’s an honour and it’s something a lot of people pursue.
“But I felt bad and of course I was upset. I didn’t want to upset anyone. I didn’t think it was that big of a deal. It’s just something that’s out of your power. Then people might think, ‘Well if you did that, will you do porn? How many movies have you done?’ I’m like, What is wrong with you??? What are you talking about? Yeah, just because I posed naked in a thousand-dollar gown, that means I’m doing porn? No. It doesn’t make sense. To me, it’s so ridiculous that you can’t help but laugh. In LA, everyone thought the photos were gorgeous and were so tasteful. You talk about conservativeness, and parts of our country are like that. In LA, everyone is like, ‘Wow, those pictures are great.’ But in the conservative parts of the country, people are like, ‘Oh, what a whore!’ It’s extreme.
“But time heals all wounds. You just have to let it go. There’s no convincing anyone what they think. And now, everything is fine with my family. It’s just too bad that people think that it’s such a bad thing.
“After people Google me, they might think I’m easy or something. It’s so funny. One of my guy friends is a producer that I work with. He’s told me: ‘You’re like Mother Theresa! You’re like the Virgin Mary! Everything people think you are—you’re not.’ So it goes with the territory of doing something like that. You take your clothes off, you’re probably easy—which I’m really not.
“I’ll admit that it always pops up. It’s the same with anyone: you’re going to type their name in Google and see what pops up before you meet someone. So if I’m in a good mood, I’ll just pretend I didn’t know they were Googling me. [laughs] I might tell them, ‘Yeah, that was a really great experience. Josh Ryan shot them. I work with him all the time. We talk till today. He’s amazing, and it was fun! It did to a lot of other opportunities for me, so I don’t regret that.’
“But if it’s a girl, they probably think I’m a whore. So I’d say, “You’re probably hating because you didn’t make it.” If it’s a rude guy… it depends on the setting. They’re obviously not taking me seriously and think I’m just some kinda sex object. I’d just yell at them to leave me alone. If it’s in a meeting, I make them feel stupid, basically. He might suggest for us to meet at his place. I tell them: ‘Actually, that’s a bit aggressive. Have your assistant call me and I’ll meet you at your office.’ Then they feel dumb, because they expect you not to fight back. They expect you to be this submissive little Barbie, like I don’t have a brain. Then when you put them in their place, they’re like, ‘Oh s**t! She’s actually legit!’
“Looking back, I think Playboy has affected me in a great way. It was my first really big thing in my career that I had done, publishing-wise. I had done things here and there, but on a national worldwide scale, to be able say that I’ve done Playboy and I continuously do stuff with them… They’ve always been so great. It definitely changed my life for the better.
Garry “Prophecy” Sun for SunOfHollywood.com
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I swear it was just days ago that the World was talking about Psy’s “Gangnam Style” taking over the heart of World Society, breaking all barriers, and generating Tens of Millions of Dollars in Market-Wide Industry Revenue.
And now a performance from 2004 in which he encouraged people to “Kill Yankees” has everybody changing their iTune of Psy Tunes.
The problem with this is what my Cousin Jimmy Shiau and I like to coin as “The Mortal Jordan Rule”. The Mortal Jordan Rule, as opposed to his Michael Jordan and Nike’s popular “Air” Persona… Deals with the Entertainment World’s version of “What Goes Up Must Come Down”. Basically stating that everything that blows up in this Industry, will always have its end. And it is taken from the notion that Michael Jordan had the most picture perfect Legacy, one that looked as if he was beyond human… only to come back from Retirement the 2nd time and almost tarnish the memory of his picture-perfect past. Sorta like how “The Matrix” was an Epic Film that re-ignited Keanu Reeves’s Career as an A-Lister, only to have the 2nd and 3rd Installments “Matrix Reloaded” and “Matrix Revolu;tions” to be so terrible… that we almost forgot how Good the Matrix was.
Few people are able to defy the times where they have gone past their prime. Some examples would be Jerry Seinfeld, cancelling his show while it was still at the top.
The Greatest Person to defy this “Mortal Jordan Rule” was Tupac Shakur. Because his untimely demise left him at the height of his game and physical prime only to be missed by the world, and his consistent flow of posthumous releases leaves the world mesmerized by his mysticism.
But with Psy’s past… Stating some of the most horrific things that would attack the core of the American People… I really find it hard to believe that people can forgive him enough, to only remember his YouTube defying feats. He will still be performing at the Christmas in Washington Concert on December 21st, before “President” Barack Obama. I’m sure at that moment, Psy will also issue a Public Apology.
But for those who thought Psy was a “One Hit Wonder”… well if he wasn’t before, he very well might be now. I just find it hard for Radio Personnel to be as eager to give him spins.. and when it comes to those big Corporate Sponsorships and Commercials he’s been doing… yeah, that may calm down a bit too.
The Severity of this would be like the World finding out Justin Bieber likes to tell Racist Rants and Racist Jokes. Yeah. Don’t you think the World would be shocked ? So the Magic that was once Psy, ,this dude stepping onto the Scene and capturing the World stage in his native Korean Tongue… is now likely to cause an even greater stir. What may have been gained in Asian World relations with Respect to American Pop Culture may have actually been lost.. or may end up worse than before. Only time will tell how the newly gained dynamics from Psy’s Hit will change.
Perhaps the purpose of Psy after all wasn’t just some cheesy video. But to make people think. Because one thing it has done, is opened discussion of the Unnecessary Violence that is War, and what it does to people Worldwide.
I guess Psy was here to break down the Psychology of the True State of Our International Relations. But I don’t see Gangnam Style racking up another Billion YouTube Views anytime soon.
Garry “Prophecy” Sun for SunOfHollywood.com
Yes, that’s Puppy Love… Not Puffy Love.
Ashley Judd is looking absolutely gorgeous as she struts her stuff around the Grove today with her two little puppy poodles. She hung out with Mario Lopez and filmed for the show today, during a time where she’s under a whirlwind of media nonsense.
Ashley has been scrutinized after recent pictures gave her face a “puffy” look, causing all media to assume and accuse the star of having partaken in the forbidden fruit of plastic surgery. She also comes against the fact that the public would either say you must have had work done if you look good, or bad, making it to where people such as herself can never win.
She has decided to fight back and call the claims an “Assault” and “Hatred” against All Women. She reveals that the puffy look she suffered on that day was due to steroids prescribed to her for a serious sinus infection. She has also written an online essay on the Daily Beast where she details our “over-sexualized” society, that attacks women and their self image… and she is very much correct. Our society has definitely gone off the deep end with that stuff, and our current generation of women are suffering in huge amounts.
She was even praised by Miley Cyrus on Twitter, who thanked her for what she said, after the Disney star was recently accused of being Anorexic. Miley later revealed she has an allergy to Gluten.
Props to Ashley, cause she always has and is lookin damn fine. Even if she does have a bit of the steroids in her.
Garry “Prophecy” Sun for SunOfHollywood.com
Garry “Prophecy” Sun for SunOfHollywood.com