Model Shout Out!

Ashley_Jermaine
Huge Congrats to Ashley for being chosen as this week's #modelshoutout! And 'Thank You' to all that applied! I could write a book with all of the amazing Beauties on EM, if only I had the time... The saga however continues next week! So if you want to be considered leave us a comment below this post ;)

On now to Ashley, she is such a sweet, beautiful and caring young girl! I have had the great pleasure of watching her grow so quickly in her career (at such a young age). As a longtime member of ExploreModeling, with each year her career has expanded into Fashion, Commercial, On-Camera and Films.

Ashley has shared more about her with us in her comments below...

Name: Ashley Jermaine
Residence: Boston, MA
Date of Birth: June 2, 1997
Height: 5' 9"
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Can you tell us a little bit about yourself?
Ashley Jermaine - talking about myself is actually difficult - I never told anyone I modeled when I was in grade school through middle school. I kept this extra-curricular activity to myself, so while other kids were running down the soccer field, I was walking my first runway or shooting for a designer. I'm the girl that walks the halls in High School with her books and glasses on - I'm lucky to have amazing friends, the sport of volleyball, and the excitement of modeling and acting. I was quite successful at keeping my modeling a secret from everyone but my closest friends. I'm not quite sure why I never told anyone, maybe I wasn't sure how people would react, however, last year - when I received my Seventeen Magazine and Teen Vogue Magazines, I hadn't thought about everyone else at school receiving their copy too. I'm happy that I had an instinct from a very young age to follow my dreams - I speak up and when I have my sights on something that's important to me, I become passionate about it and work for it with a thirst and drive to achieve. Modeling is my second dimension, school, friends, volleyball is one, and modeling is another. It's something I see myself succeeding at, it's amazingly fun, rewarding and with each opportunity I gain valuable experience. No matter what your passion, you can never stop learning, growing and perfecting.

How did you first get started in modeling?

My mom said that 'model' was practically my first word, that when I was 2 I insisted on picking out my own shoes, a few years later I would lay out my clothes for kindergarten to make sure I liked the look. I bugged my parents constantly asking if I could model, I was even caught on a home video dancing on my bed and telling my mom "I'm going to be a model when I grow up". So, persistence paid off, and when I turned 9 my mom brought me to a Boston agency and I was signed. A few years later, Renee Lauren, the director of CLICK Models, in the Philly office noticed my picture with a photo entry to ChildModelsAdvice.com contest for model of the month, and that was a huge door opener - I won runner up as Model of the Year and was signed by CLICK Models, in Philly. When I turned 14, I signed with the Boston office, visited the NY office for castings, and while in LA, worked with the LA office.

What are your favorite things about modeling?

I absolutely love modeling - From lifestyle modeling, editorial work and runway - it's exciting! Working with a designer to bring their creation to life is transforming. I've been told by several photographers that I'm a chameleon, whether I'm modeling sportswear or an elegant gown, my persona changes, it morphs to compliment the design. One of my favorite aspects of modeling is Runway - it's an entirely different element of modeling, it's exhilarating and heart pounding! It provides a platform to showcase the designers work as it was intended - bringing their piece to life with movement on a stage in front of hundreds of fashion followers.

What is currently your favorite piece of clothing?

Tall Ralph Lauren leather boots - a staple clothing item for the Boston winters - I'd be frozen without them!

If you could transport yourself to any place in the world at this very moment, where would you go and why?

On a shoot in Paris or Italy for Vogue Italia - Why?.. Several reasons - I love Italy, I had the opportunity to travel to Europe a few years ago, and Loved it! Shooting for Vogue Italia would put me on the map as an up and coming model and the third reason, landing the cover of Vogue Italia before the age of 18 is one step closer to being noticed by a Victoria's Secret casting director!

What is something that not a lot of people know about you but you WISH more people COULD know?

I'm an anti-bully activist - not because I want people to know that this is how I volunteer my time, but because I would like to bring a greater awareness - to end bullying - to put a stop to a hurt that is 100% preventable. When I was 12, I had the opportunity to work on a anti-bully music video. The opportunity to donate my time for something bigger than myself was uplifting. From this project came many more, all working to help educate teens - to act if they see see bullying, to band together and stand up to the bully - to not be a placid bystander. Currently, I'm working with MAB (Models Against Bullying) which will benefit the Kraft Family Jordan Boys & Girls Club of Boston with an ART Exhibit and Runway show later this year.

Give Ashley your own SHOUT OUT on her EM Plus Profile!

You can also catch up with Ashley on Instagram: AshleyJermaine

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Lauren D:
Congratulations Ashley for being selected for the model shout out!! You are a beautiful girl with a kind heart. Best wishes to you!!
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Tamar
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Tamar - IL, USA:
Man your saying was amazing .. your really beautiful . i wish i started off young sorry i'm late but I dream to start off young but I don't get lucky like you :(. I just keep praying that i win something ONE DAY.
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Dalimary
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Dalimary - IL, USA:
http://www.exploremodeling.com/?Dali_latina03
Congrats beautiful !
My name is Dalimary I'm funny,outgoing beautiful inside and out .. I love to watch sports and take pictures .. Love to enjoy being in this world don't take nothing for granted..
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Keil
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Keil - VA, USA:
Ashley, Keil Johnson here. Congrats on being featured. Your pics are great! You and I had similar experiences in grade school with not wanting anyone to know about our modeling. I was sitting in class during down time and was writing a letter to my cousin to let her know that I had signed with a childrens modeling agency. Little did I know that one of my friends was looking over my shoulder. All the sudden I heard in a whisper "your a model?" Well she was really cool about it and never told anyone.
I also think it's great that you are an activist for anit-bullying. I am an activist for trying to bring awareness about childhood and teenage obesity. I volunteer for a local public service tv station as a camera girl. I was told about a producer who has a local teen show where they focus on different issues. When it was time to have our yearly Healthy Kids Day at the YMCA where I work, I gave the producer a call and asked her if she would like to film the event. She told me that if I can get these two pediatricians that she has in mind to show up at the event, she would film it. I made some calls and both doctors agreed to come to Healthy Kids Day. Little did I know that the prodcuder was going to ask me to be on camera. I didn't even have time to get nervous, which was good because had I known ahead of time I would have been. The show still airs from time to time. And I have a video of that day. I can't beleive how my passion for getting awareness about healthy eating for kids and teenagers came about. It's great to be able to do what I love, which is modeling and acting but I also feel that it is important to give back. Which is why I would like to be selected. My url is
www.exploremodeling.com/?keiljohnson
Please give me a shout out too.
Thanks,
Keil
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Jaya
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Jaya - Fresno, CA, USA:
Not everyone can be "featured"-It's a fabulous accomplishment!You definitely shine, continue following your dreams sister! Hello, I am the lovely Jaya. I enjoy the artistry of modeling,the beauty of self,and the expression that is the very fiber of what makes this industry so unique!I love life,I love projecting my feelings through my photos that go deeper than skin beauty.I have allowed various people in my life to tell me that I can never model due to my height and weight. I refuse to believe that something that my heart loves dearly,something I enjoy,the very thing I am in the works with;could not be accomplished because of my size.I feel beautiful and inspired to walk the direction I wish to be at.How could I not follow my heart and try at all costs to beat all odds?There is a reason we have dreams,hopes,and wishes-I hope one day I can inspire others to love themselves,work towards their goals,and never give up trying!
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Sydney
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Sydney - Stevensville, MD, USA:
http://www.exploremodeling.com/Member/SydneyTull5678.aspx

Congratulations Ashley :) I can't imagine what it's like to be featured, it seems so surreal. And as crazy as I might be, I've never actually modeled profesionally before, I've only done small local photoshoot. Being a 17 year old from a small town in Maryland, I've had big dreams for modeling but never had an oppurtunity to get a good start. I hope I could get a good foundation in modeling and maybe one day even be featured on this page!
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Heather
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Heather - Macomb, MI, USA:
http://www.exploremodeling.com/?heathergalli3

My name is Heather Galli and I am 20 years old from Detroit, Michigan. I believe I should be featured because I want to pursue my dreams of being a model and I know that it would get me that much closer to my dream. I am motivated, determined and eager to chase my dreams and not let anything stop me!
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Carolyn
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Carolyn - MD, USA:
Congratulations to you Ashley, I also wish you the very best and sending you many blessing's your way. Now I know even more I want to continue my Modeling as a Lifestyle Model at my age.
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Janelle
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Janelle - CA, USA:
http://www.exploremodeling.com/?Jojooo_21
Congratulations Ashley (: I wish you good luck on your journey to reach your goal and become successful!

My name is Janelle Lopez and I am 15 years old. I have always loved modeling and it's something I enjoy doing. I feel like everyone should do for a living what they love doing. I would love to be selected to be featured on the EM blog because it will open the doors for me and I can get closer and closer to reaching my goal. It's really tough to get out there, especially coming from a low income Latino family. But that will never stop me. Instead that motivates me to do even more than what society limits me to do. My family has been there for me and supported me every step of the way, and to me that's the most important thing. When you love what you do and have the people you love support you, you will be able to accomplish many things in life. I also signed up for the elf cosmetics casting because that will be such a great opportunity and door opener for me as well. I haven't gotten any big jobs yet but I will keep striving to get to the goal I want. If I am featured on the EM blog I will be able to get noticed and start getting to where I want. I want to be an inspiration to many young people out there that don't come from a place where they have many opportunities. I want to inspire them and show them that no matter where they come from or what they've been through, they can become whatever they want. This opportunity will give me the stepping stones I need in order to fulfill this lifelong goal.
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Sera Nehir W.
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Sera Nehir W. - Hollywood, FL, USA:
Hi, I'm new. 18 years old and 5'10. We can exchange, thank you for the votes! :) https://www.exploremodeling.com/Casting/elfCosmetics2014/106372/Serra_Verhoest.aspx
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Ashley
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Ashley - Westwood, MA, USA:
Thank you ExploreModeling for featuring me on your blog! And thank you for all the wonderful, positive and inspiring comments everyone posted! It means so much to have such fabulous support by so many. Modeling is my passion, my ambition and has always been a part of me - I'm so excited to continue this journey and see where it takes me. <3 xoxo Ashley Jermaine ~
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Kimia
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Kimia - TN, USA:
https://www.exploremodeling.com/Casting/elfCosmetics2014/103305/Kim.aspx
I think you should consider me because it's always been a big dream of mine to be a model. I try almost every modeling competition but some of them are pretty pricy and I don't think money should get in the way of your dreams. That's why I registered myself for the elf competition. It would be amazing if you featured me. All the girls are beautiful and good luck!(:
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Emily
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Emily - flowery branch, GA, USA:
http://www.exploremodeling.com/?emily1472 Hi my name is Emily Cooper and i''m14. Growing up I always felt that I wasn't good enough for all of the things I wanted to do like the school talent shows or pageants at school. I felt everyone was above me and I had self-confidence issues. It wasn't i till I started modeling for my mom who is an at home photographer and our at home photographer friend that I finally got back my self-confidence and I knew that I loved modeling and thats what I wanted to do with my life.I would like to be chosen for the next featured model. Why I should be a featured model is because I would love to grow up and be a Victoria Secret model. I love the fashion, makeup, and how beautiful all the models are. I know that I have to start small and work big with my modeling career. Thats why I should be the next featured model. I am very hardworking and I can do anything I put my mind to!
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Viviohn-Jay
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Viviohn-Jay - Ukiah, CA, USA:
Ashley Congratulation! It takes a lot of effort, dedication and work to be in the place you are, well done! Keep believing and never stop dreaming.


My name is Viviohn, and I am creative and modest Latina that grew up in a village within a valley. I had no electricity, no television, and no toys. Here and now, I am a mother, a Chef and an aspiring model. I'm generous and someone that can be counted on when I am needed. I like to make people happy, and do my best everyday to see that happen. I enjoy life and doing the things I enjoy. I remember telling my Mother that I wanted to be a model when I grow up; a model like those I saw in magazines. She thought it was a joke and asked me why I wanted to starve myself. Sometimes I made my own clothes for everyday moments, like going to school. I never really knew how difficult it was, or how strict the requirements were for being a model, like measurements, style, height and more. My dreams were crushed when I realized that I'm only 5'4” and was told that High Fashion models must be at least 5"8”. But then I realized everything is possible. I may not be tall enough, I may be too curvy, and I may be a plus size model; but nobody can stop me from trying or dreaming. Besides, I believe that the best perfumes come in little bottles :). I believe in myself. I went to a modeling/acting school and now I find myself no longer scared of being called weird, or being the way that I am. I keep following my dreams and doing what I like so that way I can say that I never work, because when you do something you like to do then it doesn’t feel like work. I am a woman that loves fashion, makeup, and shoes! No kidding, if I buy another dress, makeup box or a pair of high heels, I think I will have to move outside of my house because there won’t be any room for me to stay. Soon I'll give some away to people in need… not that I don’t need it, but somebody may need it more than I do. It may not be easy to be a woman, but I’m so happy to be one. I want to be an example to many other women that see too many obstacles to follow their dreams. I want everyone to know that there is a place for each one of us and we all are perfectly imperfect!
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Taniesha M:
Congrats Ashley Jermaine
You're going be very successful in your future modelling career.

My name is Taniesha Meghie but I go by Marsha. I love fashion, hair and make-up. I didn’t really wear much make-up until recently. I was always told I have beautiful skin and do not need it. I don’t have much experience in modelling but I know I have what it takes. I want to be the next week winner because I have the business skills and knowledge to be successful in this industry. I used to model when I was about 19-22 years old. I was signed by a modelling agency in Toronto Canada but decided to go to college. Now that I’m older, I have the business skills and knowledge about the business world to be able to represent myself better than when I was younger. My favorite things about modelling are the make-up, the different types of posting, the people you get to work with, clothing and travelling. When I’m in front of the camera I feel very happy and relax and I can be myself. Please choose me and you will be proud.

http://www.exploremodeling.com/Casting/elfCosmetics2014/100529/Marsha.aspx
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Katara - MO, USA:
Hello my name is katara, :) I am outgoing, mature for my age, funny , and inspiring. I have high morals and values in life. They are being respectful and honest. I enjoy smiling and having a great time. I do not let people or things get in my of fulfilling my dreams. I feel like modeling is a way to express myself without words. I just need that foot in the door.
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Nancy
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Nancy - Hiddenite, NC, USA:
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Congratulation beautiful, Ashley! You'll do amazing in the modeling industry for sure! Good luck and many success to you.

Hello lovely team EM and Cristina, even though there are so many gorgeous ladies who may have more experience and have a higher chance of being featured, I hope you can take a couple of minutes to read mine. I don't have professional modeling experience but have done a few freelance. I know it's so cliche to say but modeling and acting is my passion. At age 5, believe or not, I was watching TV of models and kids and knew that this is what I wanted to do with my life. I've been bullied before, made fun of, and teased on but looking back, that all made me stronger and the person I am today. We all have struggles and stories to be told and I want to share my story and help all young girls and women to feel empower, to feel beautiful in and out, to love and know self worth, and so much more! My passion is to help others because I hate to see others struggle. If you ask me what power I would want, it would be "healing" powers. Call me crazy but I just want to heal all the hurt and pain in the world to disappear. I also suffer from mild acne and still fighting to have clear face. I'm not perfect but my imperfection makes me who I am, made me become stronger and that makes me a beautiful. I love my height but there are times I wish I was 5'9 model type to be accepted, I know I can't do anything about it but have hope one day someone will give me a chance. I love makeup and how it can enhance our natural feature and to feel even more beautiful and confident. Being in the top 4 for elf cosmetics of beauty of all ages 2014 can give me this opportunity to help so many lives and do what I dream of doing! I love It would be so surreal and an honor to represent everyone's favorite affordable brand! I promise you, I won't fail you and will do my job because if I was chosen, I wouldn't take it for granted. I'm a very bubbly person and would love to work with you all. Thank you so much for your consideration.
http://www.exploremodeling.com/Casting/elfCosmetics2014/98935/Nancy_T_Lee.aspx#
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Nancy
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Nancy - Hiddenite, NC, USA:
Congratulation beautiful, Ashley! You'll do amazing in the modeling industry for sure! Good luck and many success to you.

Hello lovely team EM and Cristina, even though there are so many gorgeous ladies who may have more experience and have a higher chance of being featured, I hope you can take a couple of minutes to read mine. I don't have professional modeling experience but have done a few freelance. I know it's so cliche to say but modeling and acting is my passion. At age 5, believe or not, I was watching TV of models and kids and knew that this is what I wanted to do with my life. I've been bullied before, made fun of, and teased on but looking back, that all made me stronger and the person I am today. We all have struggles and stories to be told and I want to share my story and help all young girls and women to feel empower, to feel beautiful in and out, to love and know self worth, and so much more! My passion is to help others because I hate to see others struggle. If you ask me what power I would want, it would be "healing" powers. Call me crazy but I just want to heal all the hurt and pain in the world to disappear. I also suffer from mild acne and still fighting to have clear face. I'm not perfect but my imperfection makes me who I am, made me become stronger and that makes me a beautiful. I love my height but there are times I wish I was 5'9 model type to be accepted, I know I can't do anything about it but have hope one day someone will give me a chance. I love makeup and how it can enhance our natural feature and to feel even more beautiful and confident. Being in the top 4 for elf cosmetics of beauty of all ages 2014 can give me this opportunity to help so many lives and do what I dream of doing! I love It would be so surreal and an honor to represent everyone's favorite affordable brand! I promise you, I won't fail you and will do my job because if I was chosen, I wouldn't take it for granted. I'm a very bubbly person and would love to work with you all. Thank you so much for your consideration.
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April
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April - Jersey City, NJ, USA:
Congratulations Ashley your gorgeous inside and out... I wish you nothing but success and lots of happiness.
That's just one of the reasons I feel that I should be chosen for next week's feature. I believe as women we should be able to go after our own goals without trying to discourage other women from pursuing theirs. We should help and encourage not tear down and envy one another. We are all beautiful for our own reasons and we should celebrate and rejoice in the fact that we are all created flawless...
https://www.exploremodeling.com/Casting/elfCosmetics2014/102064/April_Willis.aspx
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Jasmine
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Jasmine - CA, USA:
Congrats Ashley. You are amazingly beautiful.


Well, what can I say? I always wanted to be a featured model. When I was a kid, I did some modeling gigs and was featured in a kid magazine and I loved it. I got out of the business because my parents were making the decisions for me. Now that I'm grown, I am able to make my own decisions and I have no other dream but to become a model. I always see those victoria secret commercials and picture myself up there. I always tell myself, one day that will be me. I have a very positive outlook and I have alot of potential. So if I am featured, you will see great things from me.

http://www.exploremodeling.com/?jazz0619
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Aimy
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Aimy - CA, USA:
Congrats Ashley!!! You are simple gorgeous!!!

I would love to be selected as a featured model because I want to be able to inspire others of my story and to help show others that we all have chance to fulfill our dream. I work in the medical field and it's always been a passion of mine to help people, to know that in even a very small way, I was able to save their life and it is the most rewarding feeling in the world. However, there is one dream and passion that I can't seem to know how or where to really start--modeling. I think it's human nature to compare ourselves to others thinking I'm not pretty enough like her, or what if I'm not pretty enough to be a model, etc. I think that being a model requires more than just the physical aspect. It requires personality that truly shows on photographs. The confidence, positivity, passion exuded on camera. I have always been a very shy girl with an extremely low self esteem. I have been a lot more confident now that I have been in the past but it is still something I am constantly working on. I feel that that is something a lot of us women are constantly working on. However, there is just something about being in front of a camera that I feel like I can really be myself. I have learned throughout the years to also love myself and to truly be comfortable in my own skin. As cliche as it sounds, we all really are beautiful in our own way. So I would like to thank EM and ELF so much for giving all of us this wonderful opportunity and a chance to follow and to fulfill our dream! When I heard about this contest, I know it would be foolish of me to not grab the opportunity! It would be such an honor and a once in a lifetime opportunity to be a featured model and to represent ELF!! Thank you!

http://exploremodeling.com/Casting/elfCosmetics2014/97209/Aimy_Francisco.aspx
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Samantha
Model
Samantha - OH, USA:
Wow your so beautiful keep up the good work congrats!!!
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Amanda
Model
Amanda - TX, USA:
Congratulations Ashley, you are beautiful! Ever since I was little I would dress up in my moms clothes, wear her heels and put on a fashion show for her. It's always been my dream to model. I'm just teenage girl who has a lot of dreams that I want to accomplish. I want to make myself proud, feel confident, and to be happy. I've always had people bring me down in life and i would just always feel sad knowing that I am nothing. I've gone through tough times in my life. I'm done being sad and asking myself what if? I want to make my dreams reality. I want to inspire people to follow their dreams. E.l.f cosmetics, I'm waiting for you. This is such a great opportunity for me. http://www.exploremodeling.com/Casting/elfCosmetics2014/95286/Amanda_Haddadin.aspx
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Elisabeth
Model
Elisabeth - Lancaster, PA, USA:
Ashley, I love your pictures! They remind me of an oldtime classic movie star!!:)
http://exploremodeling.com/Casting/elfCosmetics2014/96297/Elisabeth_Ciarrocca.aspx I would love to model and bring a confident, genuinely positive image to the beauty world! Congratulations Ash!
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Tie
Model
Tie - Durham, MD, USA:
Congrats!! Ashley I wish you nothing but love and great success in your career as a model. Live life up to it's fullest potential and reach for the stars. I would love to be an E.L.F Model to show versatility and no matter what age beauty is infinate
Much Love
Ms. Tie Jones
www.exploremodeling.com/?mstiejones26
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