ASHLEY SMITH, MODEL AND FOUNDER OF NO AGENCY, THE AGENCY THAT REPRESENTS "DIFFERENT" MODELS AGAINST STEREOTYPES. SHE TALKS ABOUT HERSELF IN AN EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW FOR REDMILK.
Is this a good time in your life?
More than a “good time,” it’s an important time. I think this is true of any time you are trying to do something new or cause change.
Can you tell us something about No Agency?
No Agency started as a simple idea: a way to help girls that lacked representation protect themselves and grow as artists. But it’s grown greater than we imagined because we are working with girls that represent a current state of mind in fashion and life. That idea is no longer about “perfection” — it’s about finding the “perfection” in the raw real imperfections of these girls and their art. Their differences and their ideas are what make them perfect.
3 tips for a girl who wants to become a model.
Be yourself. Be professional. And don’t be afraid to express it all: why should modeling be treated as any less an art form as acting or performance art?
How do you choose the girls you represent? Are there any features they need to have?
That the girls are unapologetically themselves.
Have you ever thought “I’m not suitable for this career”?
Of course! We all have those moments in our careers. But in those moments I have a strong network of people around me to tell me that I’m worth it and more, and that’s a big part of what my partner Alex Tsebelis and I try to offer the girls we represent.
Your dream and your nightmare.
My dream, to love without fear.
My nightmare, to live without fear.
Are you in love?
I’m in love with a lot of things and people. I guess that’s one of the things I love about myself. I can always find something I love in a person or situation.
Who is your muse?
My sister Amanda, who was given no cards to deal, but somehow always dealt a royal flush. And no matter what, she is always there for me.
If you think about happiness, who or what comes to your mind.
Good music and being on stage.
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Photos courtesy of No agency
Ashley’s photos courtesy of Paolo M Testa