Anastasia Ashley speaks to Celebrity check

Supermodel cracks down on “do nothing bitches” Anastasia Ashley Interview


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Not only is Anastasia Ashley one of the hottest female big wave surfers in the game, but she has graced askmen.com’s 99 Most Outstanding Women list for the last several years running. What is it about this SoCal girl that makes her so cool though? It’s simply the fact that she is the definition of total package; and while she has made a name for herself on the social media landscape, she is the furthest thing from what Ronda Rousey has termed a “Do nothing bitch.”
We managed to get a chat with her while she was on a surfing tour in South Africa where the 28-year-old spoke on her career as a female athlete. During our private, one-on-one chat, we got her take on everything from: Rousey’s comments, dating as a hot female athlete, how you might get her attention and what’s it’s like to have Madonna give you a lap dance and grind on you.

To kick things off, Ronda Rousey recently came out pretty strong against “Do nothing bitches,” specifically in regards to social media models. Obviously, you balance your platforms with legit surfing and brand partnerships, but what is your take on her criticisms?
I thought it was really cool and really refreshing that she stood up and said that. I believe the whole quote was her body is athletic and it’s made to do something so she does not just lie around and take photos of herself. I think she’s a really good example of the new face of what women’s sports are about. You don’t have to be super masculine; you can still be sexy, have an athletic body and be cool.

I think it’s amazing what she’s getting at. She’s downright saying flatly, because I think there is an emphasis, especially now with social media and women and their bodies, to be very self-conscious and also feel that girls need to look a certain way, act a certain way, take pictures a certain way. I think it’s a really refreshing take on, hey, you can be like that, but also you don’t have to be just that. You can be successful in sports or anything and I think that’s really cool.
What do you think about do nothing bitches?
I don’t really respect girls that don’t do anything, that are just pretty. I think there are so many girls nowadays that are basically do nothing bitches, that don’t do anything positive with their following or they’re just a social media models. You should use your platform to better other people’s lives, as cheesy as that sounds. At least if you don’t have a career, do something with yourself that’s positive.

When did you start taking social media seriously and really start to build a brand?
I was in chat rooms when I was ten. I was always on the internet. I was on Twitter, I was on MySpace. I don’t know how many friends I had, maybe 20,000 on MySpace back in the day. I was always really into the idea of posting pictures of yourself because I thought it was cool and I thought it was fun. For me, I realized that it was a really good asset for my career about two years ago with the explosion of Instagram. I didn’t feel like, even for me, people were as engaged with Facebook, Twitter or MySpace as they are with Instagram, which is more of a daily ritual for a lot of people. Before social media was just something people would kind of do in passing.

When I noticed that shift and that people were recognizing me from social platforms and not necessarily from my sport career, that’s when I started to be, “Oh, wow. There is actually a thing to being on the internet and having a following.” People actually recognize you.

Does it change the way you do business?
A hundred percent, yes. I think it’s totally changed, because the way people absorb content now is completely different. Surfing is such a visual sport so it’s always been about the images and videos. Before, there was not really a place specifically for females in surfing, a decent platform, because even to this day all the surf magazines like Surfer, Surfing and Transworld still don’t really run females. It’s really male-saturated, so even if you get the best surfing photo you could imagine there really isn’t an outlet for it because you’re competing against guys in that space.

Now what’s really cool is I don’t necessarily need a media outlet to pick up my own content to have it seen by people. I think that’s been a really great asset for me in working with brands and having partnerships. Now I don’t have to be reliant on anyone but myself. It’s also more pressure in a way because when you post something out to millions of people they will tell you how it is. It’s kind of like a double-edged sword where you’re putting yourself out there and you can never do lame stuff.

If you don’t get a 1000 likes in the first minute do you take it down?
Me? No. No. I don’t really care. I used to definitely be way more sensitive to that and think, “Oh, I’m not going to post this type of photo because it doesn’t do as well as another photo.” I realized a long time ago that I’m not going to do social media for other people. It’s for me; in the sense that I’ve got to keep it true to myself.

In that vein, what posts do the best in terms of likes, shares and comments?
Definitely anything with a bikini or specifically a butt-shot. Definitely a classic bikini butt shot is what gets the most engagement and likes and shares and all that stuff, which is funny. What’s ironic actually is that my most liked photo ever is a photo of palm trees. People ask me that all the time, “What’s your most liked photo ever?” I don’t know. I think because it got picked up on a Tumbler or something but it has 100,000 likes. It’s a really cool photo. I’m actually very proud to say that my most liked photo is of palm trees.

It beat the Anastasia Ashley butt?
It did, but that’s a rare occasion.

Rare.
Rare. Yeah, very rare.

How’s your dating life?
My dating life. I have a boyfriend, actually.

Really?
Mm-hmm (affirmative) and I struggled for a long time. With my job and how it is now, it’s very difficult to have a relationship.

Can you talk about how social media affected it?
Definitely. I dated guys before that said, “I don’t want you posting photos of yourself in a bathing suit and having people look at that,” which to me, I never thought anything weird of that but people can be very insecure and also weird about that. I’ve also had people say, “You’ve lost your sense of privacy,” even though I don’t feel like that. Mostly I post usually what I’m doing at all times. There’s maybe a day here and there, but I don’t ever go technically offline.

If you look at my social media you can probably tell what I’m doing on a daily basis and for some people, like a guy I dated who was like, “Ugh, do we really have to take a photo? Do you really have to take a photo right now of what you’re doing?” That definitely made it hard. People don’t understand I’m not doing this because I care to take photos of myself. I kind of have to because it’s part of my job now.

Did you ever meet a guy on social media?
Oh, of course.
You would date a random dude that you met on Twitter?
I wouldn’t say date, but I have definitely talked to random dudes from the Internet.

What can they say to get your attention?
I think it has to be something really, really creative or interesting to get my attention. I get a bunch of, “Oh, will you marry me?” or, “Oh, you’re so hot.” It would have to be something like a very crafty Internet pick-up line, something different. I can’t think of something right now but I’ve had good ones, where I’m like, “Oh, hmm, okay” and then, then you’ll look. For me, I’ll be like, “Oh, what does this person look like?”

First they have to get your attention and then they have to pass the visual inspection. Let’s say you were single. What should guys know before they ask you out?
They definitely need to be interesting, because it’s pretty hard to keep my attention. I have ADD in a lot of parts of my life. I think also being very flexible because my life is very all over the place at times. It can be very unstructured, so I need someone who is very “go with the flow” and chill and doesn’t give me too much stress, and they must be able to hang.

How crazy are the parties that you go to now?
Definitely crazy. The craziest party I’ve probably been to was when I went to Sam Smith’s Grammy after-party this year.

What one piece of advice do you have for guys to woo a woman?
Definitely be interesting and creative. Over-the-top romance. I think roses and the standard dinner is really played out, it’s not a way to woo a girl, because I feel like any guy can do that. It’s very textbook. I think the more elaborate the better. Make an over-the-top romance play.
What’s the one question that you want all guys to answer?
What their true intentions are.

What is the one thing you would change about all men right now?
I would change the idea of the guy’s night. I don’t like the idea of the guy’s night. I have a theory on guy’s nights.

Go on. Do tell.
Girl’s nights are different, because girl go and gossip with each other. Guys go out to look for girls

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