Jessica Ashley is the Ultimate Playboy Model
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It’s never easy for a writer to prepare an introduction for a Big Ten graduate with a bachelor’s degree in English, and even more so when that graduate is Jessica Ashley. Jessica has been a passionate reader and writer long before she appeared in Playboy and Maxim’s Hometown Hotties.
While her academic and modeling accomplishments speak for themselves, there’s much more to Jessica than meets the eye. Her personality stands out in a way that can rarely be felt while looking at a computer screen but somehow you feel it nonetheless. Perhaps it’s the spiritual quotes on her social media pages, the genuine smile on her face or maybe just the way she chooses her words when writing a status update or responding to fans. We hope our interview with Jessica gives you a better look at her personality and an inside view into her career.
Interview With Jessica Ashley
What was it like doing your first Playboy shoot? Was it your first nude shoot?
I really enjoyed modeling for Playboy and was excited to see myself as a centerfold. It wasn’t my first time having my clothing off for a photo shoot, but my other shoots weren’t for men’s magazines, and they had been less direct about any nudity, keeping it ‘implied’ or as an element of an artistic theme, rather than as the main focus.
As an activist, what causes are most important to you and why?
I’m involved in a project that focuses on women’s rights around the globe. I also care a lot about environmental and animal protection.
Do you care more about doing the right thing, or doing things right?
I don’t know who is supposedly deciding what’s right. I do what I want, in the ways that I want.
What insults your intelligence?
People love to assume models and physically attractive women aren’t very intelligent. Just because a woman has a body that looks good in underwear it doesn’t mean she can’t also have a capable mind. I tested in the top (99th) percentile on standardized tests throughout my education. So when people try to talk down to me it is a bit insulting and ridiculous.
What objects from your childhood have you saved? Explain why.
While she was pregnant with me my mother sewed me a stuffed bunny rabbit and I still have it. As a little girl I slept with it, now I keep it on a shelf. I donated most of my other toys a while ago.
What was the last thing you regret buying?
I buy makeup impulsively, sometimes quite expensive makeup. I rarely use any of it.
Do you have someone in your life or are you still single? What qualities do you look for?
I like to keep my personal life personal. Intriguing character attracts me…variations on James Bond, Henry Miller, Cary Grant, Oscar Wilde.
Which one song best describes your life?
Regina Spektor “Dusseldorf”
Are you a spiritual person?
More philosophical than spiritual
Why do you think that some form of religious belief is present in virtually every culture?
Ancient peoples wanted to explain natural phenomena, and find reasons for hope and for order.
What is something that always brings a smile to your face?
What’s next for you?
I’m looking into going to grad school soon.