I’m so excited to do this interview, thank you for having me! I am Nikki Ashley, I’m a self-taught MUA and published model. Born and raised in Oklahoma (which is not as country as it seems LOL).
How did you get into modeling?
Since I was little, I wanted to be a model and I finally got to start modeling with an agency in 2018. Before that I always loved being in front of the camera. I was an only child and my mom took A LOT of pictures of me which got me very used to being in front of a camera.
I started learning how to do makeup more in 2014 which I really practiced at and would take my own photos of my makeup looks and outfits to post on social media. Which is kind of when this all started. I constantly begged to get into modeling and now here I am!
What do you enjoy about modeling and what do you feel can be improved about the industry?
I love the creativity, I always love getting together with friends and thinking up new fun ideas to create for ourselves. One of the ways the industry can be improved is something I have personally experienced which is just being more open to all shapes sizes and heights. I am 5’3 which can lead people to turn me down. Being more open with trying new things is what I think could help.
What inspired you to be a makeup artist?
I remember I would go into the bathroom where my mom would do her makeup and I would just sit in there and talk to her while she’d do her makeup. It was so fun for me and eventually I was old enough to start wearing makeup myself so my mom taught me a lot.
From there, I wanted to learn more so I would watch YouTube video tutorials and I would copy them until I would perfect the look. It was really calming for me to do my makeup so I fell in love with the art of it.
How do you keep up to date with the latest fashion trends and styles?
All of my friends on social media honestly! I have so many talented friends through social media and all of them slay every outfit. I normally watch reels on Instagram or YouTube videos for style watches to see what the next trends will be.
Do you believe in any superstition?
I’m not sure honestly.
If you could time travel, what will you like to witness?
I think it would be cool to go far into the future to see my great great great grandchildren LOL. I’ve always wondered what the future will look like.
What is a funny pickup line or attempt a guy has tried to use to know you?
I was dressed as Cupid for a photoshoot and me and my best friend were walking downtown and a guy said, “Are you an angel cuz daaaamn” LOL.
Thank you for taking the time to answer our questions Nikki. One question before we end, how do you define “sexy”?
Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. To me personally, I like someone that is confident and funny, stands for what they believe in, and is very family oriented. Me and my boyfriend have been together for four years now and I love him more and more each day.
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