Meet Fashion’s Latest Model Obsession
It’s a good time to be Ashley Smith. With the fashion industry finally warming up to curves and moving away from a rail-thin, size zero standard, a mannequin with a rack—in Smith’s case, 32D’s—has a shot at real stardom. Just look at Lara Stone, who Smith is invariably compared to not only because of her curves (to note, her waist still clocks in at a teeny-tiny 24 inches), but thanks to the extremely prominent gap between her two front teeth. (In fact, with Georgia May Jagger landing a slew of major campaigns and a newly married Stone as in demand as ever, it appears we’re entering the age of the gaped teeth. Sorry braces and big shoulders, fashion’s moved on.) The blogosphere has been abuzz for weeks over rising star Smith, but Fashionista was the first to do a lengthier profile.
What does it reveal about the 19-year-old Texan? For starters, she was discovered at SXSW. She deems Quentin Tarantino the best story teller in the world. And, while the size of her bust has been a deterrent for certain designers in the past, she’s optimistic that it won’t hold her back. “One day they will just adjust all the clothes to my bust, rather than me having to adjust my breasts for their clothes.” Her dream job? “Mert and Marcus + Louis Vuitton campaign!” Stone—Marc Jacobs’ latest L.V. ad star—better watch out. Beyond modeling, Smith loves painting and drawing and she dreams of one day becoming a thespian. “I’ve always wanted to be a Broadway actress. You know Little Shop of Horrors? I’m gonna play Audrey one day! Just you wait.”