"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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On New Year’s Day, I had just written a New Year’s Post… And In It, I gave emphasis to the hope of turning our World around.
Just a few hours later… I was a recipient of the Sudden and Tragic News , that none were able to properly confirm at the time… but that we had all hoped that there must have been some mistake. That it couldn’t be him.
We heard news that our Dear Friend Chris Guerra lost his life in pursuit of photos of Justin Bieber after his Ferrari was stopped by California Highway Patrol. Chris of course tried to get a shot of the routine stop, a risk that i’m sure he did not foresee would cost him his life.
After the officer asked for Chris to return to his Vehicle, he was struck by an SUV, an event that took Chris away from us on this Earth and his Loved Ones.
Since then, I have seen this Realm of Entertainment News Media and the people involved do some of the most shameful, and also some of the most Honorable things I have ever seen or expected from the people in this Business.
One of our close friends was blessed enough to be the last person that Chris spoke to before leaving this Earth. Chris told him, just 30 minutes before he died, that he had seen Justin Bieber smoking what he believed to be a Marijuana Pipe, while driving his Ferrari, and that his intent was to capture an image of this. The pursuit of this goal is what shortly thereafter took his life. An event that all of us who were lucky enough to call Chris “Friend” wished we could just turn around, or prevent. But there is no turning back. 12 days has passed, and Chris is still no longer with us.
Our friend was interviewed by TMZ Live, where he told Harvey Levin that Chris was in pursuit of these photos. Less than 24 hours later, Bieber’s Camp released a statement through TMZ, stating that Chris “Absolutely Lied” about Bieber smoking pot. Less than 48 hours after that, TMZ published photos of Bieber smoking what appeared to be a Blunt full of the sticky green.
While some people out there thought “Big Deal… He’s just smoking Pot”… My answer is.. Well, it’s not a big deal that Bieber smoked pot. I’m actually inclined to believe, and I have also heard through my sources that he is in fact involved with a lot more than the Chronic. But it is the fact that he lied about a Good man, who was only being completely honest about what he saw, who tragically lost his life the day before… That is what is Evil. That they were willing to assassinate the character of a good and honest man who tragically lost his life… willing to defame a man who couldn’t defend himself… all to perpetuate your money making public image.. which turned out to be nothing but a facade. that is what is immoral.
But Chris’s name has already been vindicated. But he is still no longer with us.
Just this past Thursday, His family laid his body to rest. This actually might not have been possible if not for the help of Hollywood’s Ultimate Bad Boy… Charlie Sheen, who donated $12,000 to Chris’s family. His statement is one of the most honorable statements I would have ever imagined to come from Charlie. He simply said:
“A tragic incident like this erases the line between the photographer and the subject. It’s an unforgiving moment that begs us all to be human and work as one to prevent this in the future. As parents, we are all not supposed to bury our children. My deepest condolences to the families involved. “
God Gained A Great Soul That Day
DMX was spotted leaving the Maxim Magazine Party at Colony in Hollywood, hosted by Suelyn Medeiros, and was hit up by the rose ladies.
DMX always the gentlemen did in fact not only entertain this woman, but in fact gave her quite a sum of money to pay for the roses. Later DMX flashed the bouquet like his latest weapon of warfare against the media and the World. The funny thing is, not only does this woman hit up DMX on the regular whenever he’s out for some roses, but she wouldn’t leave the dude alone when he already bought some and shelled out his loot. What these b!tc#es want from a …
Speaking of which… While X managed to organize a departure of quite a few friends and some fly females, he practically waved a not so “white” flag, pleading with those individuals involved behind the scenes in the Media World, to be fair and report “The Truth“.
DMX himself, being one of the most powerful lyricists and poets of our time, is a man who probably understands the Truth more than most participants in other crafts of the Entertainment Industry. In fact, lyrics embedded within DMX’s songs unravel the true nature behind the Entertainment Industry quite well.
And that’s where his troubles began…
So now, we’re hoping and wishing for X to finally be able to move away from this drama that is clearly trying to follow him, as well as the unfairness he has had to experience and endure through these times.
And as for that “White” flag… it was more like the Industry was throwing that up. Because I think it’s time the Industry finally learns to surrender their usual tactics of destroying those who have made it their life’s energy and work, to speak Truth into our lives.
The time has finally come to bring someone very special to the realm of SunOfHollywood.com.
I have met and known many people in my time in this World and in this Industry. And what I have grown to know about Jaimie Hilfiger, is that she is not only Destined for Greatness in this Industry… But I truly do believe that she will be one of those Incredible Icons in the Future of our World, that is placed and purposed to bring about a true impact and change with all those things she will be chosen to be involved with.
None can deny the state of our world today that all have seen. And even with recent events and happenings, no longer can we deny the dire need for hearts and souls larger than life to sway the direction we take from here on out. This world has a tendency to taint those in it, and Jaimie Hilfiger is that one woman who has chosen not to let this world, or her place in it, take away from the Heart that she has been given. She is not phased by her place in life, and has rather chosen to allow her child-like innocence to carry herself into womanhood in a way that she cannot help but bring Light and Life into every realm she touches.
Those who know her, know they cannot be without her. Take for example her Bestie and Cousin… Ally Hilfiger. I bet if you could ask her how she feels to have Jaimie in her life, I’m sure her response would be something along the lines of “Blessed“. And collectively, I do believe these two will soon become a force to be reckoned with. I will never forget one time I was with the two of them in New York, speaking with the both of them about the Truth in the State of Our World, and what we as people in places of influence can do in order to change that. No sooner than you can say the world “salvation“, did I hear from the both of them that they too, want to be a part of this change, in shaping our world to a brighter and more hopeful future. A future filled with Truth and Love, Healing and Growth. These are both women who lend their names and presence to Charitable causes and functions, knowing that a place in this world and industry without purpose is something that is empty and meaningless. They do not take their places in Life and in this World for granted. They are two of the few that can truly bring a new Heart to this world.
I call them the “Hilfi-Girlz“
Whatever it is that Jaimie chooses to turn her hands to does and will turn to a type of Gold that shines brighter than any precious metal. And whether Jaimie continues on her path in Modeling, Film, Fashion, or anything else this Industry may have to offer her, will not change the fact that everything she does will be accompanied with her desire to improve the state of our World, Herself, and those that are around her and close to her. In a World filled with prominent Families, Jaimie Hilfiger is truly one of those that has clearly been Placed, Purposed, and Chosen to bring a Light that Shines brightly like many of those Revolutionary Female Icons of our past, that influence and bring about Changes to Peoples, Nations, Cultures and Worlds.
Jaimie is even one who chooses to pave her own Roads towards her path for Greatness. She has already forged her own Public Relations Firm… “Hilfiger PR“, with yet another Bestie Blessed with Jaimie, Danielle Wiemken. There’s always something to be said about Women who choose to Empower themselves in this Industry. Those are the ones who truly have far reaching effects, because in the end, nobody knows you better than you.
And since this also just so happens to be the week in which this World was blessed with one of its Truest Female Pioneers, SunOfHollywood.com will be dedicating this entire week to Jaimie Hilfiger, whose Birthday was just yesterday on August 28th. And we ourselves were blessed enough to be invited to Jaimie’s Downtown Arts District Photo Shoot. And believe me, there will be more where this came from, so as always, Stay In Tune.
So World… Be Thankful we have someone like Jaimie Hilfiger in our midst. She will soon be able to accomplish those things that will bring about a Change in Our World… Those things that we wished someone would step up and Do. We just had to wait for Heart that’s True.
Women Poised With Purpose Are The Truest Pioneers.
And The Purest Of Hearts Can Influence A World For Years
But it’s looking like the truth is, the show violently torpedoed south as a big bomb.
Now while reports have shown that his Chicago show fared a little better, let’s hear what the fans who watched Charlie’s show in Detroit had to say about the Disappointment.
Props to Hollywood.TV and my boy G-Hollywood for baring the Detroit climate to bring it to you live