"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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Well, not really. She did just take off the “hood” in her, and let it all hang out, with a bright yellow sports bra that’s just as visible as her unique do.
And then she showed off her non-volleyball skills… which she even later admitted to me she was not very good at. Hey, no one can knock Amber for her honesty, even if it means fessing up to being not so great at something.
So I had the pleasure of getting to speak with Cassie McWilliams, one of the cast members of VH1′s new reality show “Saddle Ranch“, which is filmed at the actual Saddle Ranch on Sunset Blvd. in Hollywood.
We got the run down on how Cassie got to working at Saddle Ranch, and how the whole process began of developing the Reality Show based on the Bar/Restaurant and its staff members.
It’s really interesting to get to hear the perspective from someone who wasn’t really looking to break into the Industry, or at least Reality Television, and going from a “Shot Server” to becoming a full on TV Personality with Fans and the whole Nine.
Check out Part 1 of this Exclusive Interview with Cassie McWilliams and check out Part 2 Tomorrow.
Oh yeah, and don’t forget to watch the next Episode of “Saddle Ranch” which airs tomorrow night, Sunday (check your local listings), where Cassie gets to show off her Dance Skills !!!
Just a few days after Sony announced that their Playstation Network Database of customers may be susceptible to credit card fraud after Hackers dismantled their entire operations, as many as 2.2 Million Credit Card accounts and their related information are up for grabs on the black market.
In addition to this, many Playstation Network customers have been contacting Sony, to report fraudulent activity had been executed on their accounts, with transactions being made from purchasing airline tickets, to large purchases including flat screens and laptop computers.
We’re about to see a whole wave of activity from these Hackers, but guaranteed… they will be caught, and they will end up serving a whole lot more time than they had anticipated, making anything they did clearly not worth the risk.
2.2 Million counts of credit card fraud is not something you would want on your record, or to have to try and fight out in court. You will never again see the light of day
So this is a special post I’ve been meaning to write about for quite some time now, and that’s about Aubrey O’Day suckin up all the Oxygen… You hear that? That’s the sound of you not breathing !!
Not forrealz. But let’s just start this off by saying that the year 2011 has definitely been kicked off to a great start… if your name is Aubrey O’Day. Aubrey saw the start of her own reality show on Oprah Winfrey’s Oxygen network, and her premiere was the highest rated in the network’s history. This is no small feat, as this is the first reality show from Oxygen to real make its mark into the mainstream before introducing all of its future up and coming projects. The Oxygen will soon include shows with Paris Hilton, Brooke Mueller, Tori Spelling and Dean McDermott, and not to mention, another one of my good friends, Jaimie Hilfiger.
I’ve known Aubrey for a couple years now through mutual friends and industry events, and I have the pleasure in saying I’ve partied with the girl, hung with the girl and gotten to know that she is nothing but an absolute sweetheart. In this biz, that is incredibly difficult to find. Not only do the circumstances of success tend to get to the head of those in the limelight, but the difficulties and stresses from this world can also change people for the worse. It is clear to me that Aubrey was raised right, and she intends to stay that way.
She has come a long way from her days of Danity Kane, and is now starting to see the full splendor of her own career come to fruition, as a strong minded woman with a straight head on her shoulders, ready to tackle to the world and all the shady men that run it. Nothing in this world says sexy and sweet, than Aubrey O’Day when her eyes sneak a peek.
On top of her newly successful show “All About Aubrey”, she is also seeing the beginning of her solo music career. Aubrey just recently signed a solo recording deal with SRC/Universal Motown, and her first single, “Automatic” made it to the Top 40 downloads on iTunes in just a matter of a few hours and a little help from her truly loyal friends and fans.
But don’t let the sweet and sexy fool you. Aubrey is ready to take charge in this man’s world, and she isn’t taking “Man” for an answer. She was recently spotted outside of Katsuya, giving her girlfriend’s shady companion more than just a mouth and a shove full outside of Katsuya in Hollywood. If I were you, I wouldn’t just think twice of doing Aubrey dirty, but as we now know, you should definitely not even consider crossing one of her good friends… Or you will get it !
Yeah.. That’s me screaming out all crazy, as always.
And just recently, Aubrey was seen outside of Mr. Chows in Beverly Hills, just one day after the hugely successful debut of Automatic on iTunes. She was seen telling the media to reach out to those in support of her to convince her record company to shoot a video for her debut single. Aubrey of course has had her fill of difficult Executives in the past of her music career *cough* PUFFY *cough* . But at this point in her life, it is obvious that Aubrey is ready to take charge and ready to press forward, even if that means calling out those that pay you when she knows they’re not giving her the focus she needs.
And if friendships and loyalty mean anything to you, than her friendship with Jenna Jameson should speak volumes. A woman like Jenna, who is at the top of her industry, is not one who can just trust anybody. So for her to have a friend who has stood by her for years, in Aubrey, shows that Aubrey is definitely somebody that you would wish was in your circle, and never left.
So here’s to Aubrey, one of the most amazing women in the industry. And with the fortitude and vision she is beginning to show in just the early stages of her career that is ready to take off like never before… There is no doubt in my mind that Aubrey will soon become her own Executive, calling her own shots, filming her own shoots, and not waiting for a single man to tell her yes.
The “Yes” is yours.
P.S. Aubrey always gives love in return:
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