Born in Fort Bragg, North Carolina to Army military veteran parents, Ashley was born with hard working and determined genes. As she grew, she was blessed with the love and support of her family to pursue her own dreams and endeavors even as a child. Her passion of pageantry, dance, fashion, design, art, runway, and print modeling combined had her sharpening her tool sets of the modeling industry as young as just 5 years old. She constantly studied and perfected her favorite “walks” on the runway, practiced on and off stage in pageants, and indulged in the glamour and class that her favorite gown designer Bob Mackie conducted. As a child, she absorbed all of this and went on to craft and design her own pageant and special occasion evening wear just for her Barbie’s to model in for her very own living-room fashion shows!
Modeling was innate to Ashley once she began to compete and win in beauty pageant competitions; which ultimately led her to her very first professional modeling contract, career, and print work modeling opportunity beginning at only a fresh 8 years old. After she won the 2-state title of Hawaiian Tropic State Over-All Majestic Queen for both North Carolina and South Carolina, she went on to represent the Carolinas in the International competition held at Disney World Orlando. She was then awarded a full scholarship for Mademoiselle Modeling Agency where she immediately began print work for Children’s Wear Digest; a high-end international children’s clothing catalog, and then for Million Dollar Baby; a couture, pageant clothing brand for kids. At 9 years old, she began sketching her own garments that she would then have professionally, custom-made from scratch for her pageant competitions beginning with her master tailors Chris and Tina of the Pageant Shop in Fayetteville, North Carolina; and then later as a teenager by Patty West of Fayetteville, North Carolina. Simultaneously, she was learning her own signature “walk;” led by her coaches; her “Momager” and Bobby Barefoot of Fayetteville, North Carolina.
Ashley’s unprecedented life-long successful professional modeling career has blossomed and flourished into spectacular pieces over the years ever since she began as a child and has led her to very prestigious magazine covers and editorial acclaim. Here are the magazine covers that Ashley has graced thus far, and the number is growing! Ashley is always graciously humbled and thankful to share her model story, and the rise that it took for her as an emerging Supermodel on the SCENE!
In the days since her breakout modeling career as a child, Ashley shows no signs of slowing down in the professional modeling industry and she just continues to propel. Today’s modern modeling times are fascinatingly enabling and embracing diversity and inclusivity which allows Ashley to truly foray into all of the fields of the modeling industry that she has always enjoyed and been experienced in. There are a few recent career highlights that deserve significant notoriety. Ashley was selected as an instructor for the International Performing Arts Academy Denver for youth ages 5 to 17 and taught "Modeling 101" as well as "Acting 101" in two different extensive 6-month courses. She proudly graduated a class of 80 kids and was thrilled to create and direct their graduation day fashion and talent show extravaganza. Ashley was also blessed to be selected as the very first ad campaign commercial model for The Sole Society by Nordstrom; an online shoe boutique and filmed a six-part video commercial for the campaign.
Ashley was honored to be selected as the featured model for an episode of Kontrol Magazine’s, “The Lark Report,” for Kontrol Magazine TV; hosted and personally styled by the founder and CEO Julian Lark and lead makeup speared by celebrity makeup artist, Jeremy Dell. Ashley was selected as a featured celebrity runway model for Kirk Pro Professional Salon Hair Care Products for the Bronner Brothers International Hair Show held in Atlanta for 2 years consecutively; dressed in Uma York designs. She also led the runway showcase by performing her own original music with dancers and choreography while the other models worked the runway. Keeping the hair modeling hot, Ashley was also selected as a featured hair runway model in the FOX Television show hit, “Star,” where you can see her work the runway in Season 1, episode 5.
Ashley fiercely walked the runway and performed her own original music live at the very first runway show for Pulchr Couture boutique Atlanta ; wearing designs all by Leanna Council. She has also been the proud celebrity spokesmodel for Whoo Dat Media International; proudly since the company onset back in 2016. It is safe to say, Ashley Harper is an incomparable asset to the modeling industry and brings her unique, sophisticated flair, attention to detail, and hard work to every stage and runway that she struts!