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Upstate Unleashed: Interview with model Ashley McIntyre

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In world where tattoos and piercing are slowly becoming the norm, but mainstream publications still limit their visibility, more and more alternative models are trying to make their way in the industry. One such highly decorated beauty is Ashley McIntyre of Charlotte, N.C who has been working in front of the camera for everything for band promos to tattoo magazines. Aside from being picked as a Wicked Hammer Hottie and doing festive holiday shoot, McIntyre’s been lining up some other visual feasts for the world to see. We recently got a chance to catch up with this vibrant vixen and talk about her modeling roots, strangest shoots and pending projects.

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What led you to modeling?
AM:
Actually it was something that kind of just happened. My first shoot was a spur of the moment decision that ultimately lead to where I am now. I knew when I stepped in front of the camera for the first time that I was exactly where I needed to be.

You have been in different magazines and publications, what has been your favorite so far?
AM
: I don't think that I could pick a favorite, each publication is a reminder that I must be doing something right. It takes a lot of hard work and dedication to succeed so when these things do happen for me, it makes it all worth it and further motivates me.

Why do you think tattooed models are important in today’s industry?
AM:
I believe that women should embrace their beauty. We all have "imperfections" but beauty comes in all shapes and sizes. Times are changing and the definition of what a model should typically look like varies. Fashion designers used to prefer models with stick-thin bodies. But now that women are shopping online, they are starting to use models that actually look like real women to help consumers make better- informed purchasing decisions. I, for one am glad to see the decisions being made to now include "imperfections" such as size, beauty marks,tattoos, etc in ads rather than Photoshop it out.

Do you have a favorite type of shoot? (fashion, portraiture, themed, etc)
AM:
I love themed shoots. There is so much that goes into a themed shoot; wardrobe, hair and make up, locations, lighting, props, and a vision of how it will all flow together. I find themed shoots to be more challenging therefore making them my favorite.

How do you think you have effected the underground scene here in the Southeast?
AM:
The underground scene has actually affected me. I have always had a passion for music so when I had the chance to combine that with my modeling, it set my path. I love being able to support the scene anyway that I can. Whether it be going to a show, working merch, modeling merch or promoting; I just love being able to give that back to all of the musicians that work so hard to give us great music and good times.

What is one funny or weird behind-the-scenes story you can tell us?
AM:
That would have to be when one of the clothing lines that I model for decided that we would attend a Purgatory event in outfits constructed of nothing but electrical tape. (laughs) It was a success but the process was
funny yet weird at the same time.

What’s coming up in the future for you?
AM:
I have a shoot scheduled for mid-February with SCHORN Promotions, "Queens Of The Underground", where I will be working with three other gorgeous beauties. I have a lot planned for this year and it will only keep
getting better.

Keep up with Ashley and her upcoming adventures on her Facebook page. You can check out her and our other “unleashed” spotlight model, A.J. Rouse on Wicked Hammer Energy Drink’s page and SCHORN’s Facebook page. You’ll want to keep up with this scarlet wonder as she ventures to change the norm and bring great music and new concepts of beauty to light.

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