CASTING CALLS for Swimsuit 2015 are in full swing (but don't be surprised—so is our shooting season). Over the next several months we will be bringing you a sneak peek at some of this year's Swimsuit hopefuls. Who do you think will make it in?

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NO ONE  really hits up a punk rock show expecting to get approached by a model scout. But that's the situation in which Ashley Smith found herself at a Circle Jerks show during SXSW, a few years back. The platinum blonde says she spent much of her youth with rainbow-colored hair as she leapfrogged from one subculture to the next (think goth to punk to emo). Today she wears the uniform of most working models—and most New Yorkers for that matter—in all black, but the Texan still manages to tinge her "uniform" with an extra dose of rock and roll.

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Name: Ashley Smith

But my friends and family call me: Ash

Age: 23

Hometown: Austin

Current city: NYC

Years modeling: 5

You may know me from my work with: Alexander Wang, American and French ELLE, Italian Vogue, Diesel Loverdose fragrance

When I travel I always bring mypillow kitty and my blue corduroy JanSport

The most expensive thing in my closet is my: leather Balenciaga jacket and I use it: all the time / not nearly enough

The craziest thing I've had to do on a shoot is: get lowered into a giant cauldron of "hot soup" for Diesel lingerie

I am best known for my: gappy-tooth smile

When I was younger I was: a rainbow-hair punk

I feel sexiest when: I'm uninhibited and free/dancing

My friends think I spend too much timewatching cartoons on Netflix

My biggest fear is: spiders

The celebrity I'd do a kissing scene with is: Joseph Gordon-Levitt

The book everyone should read is: You Can't Win by Jack Black (not the actor)

The movie everyone should see is: Up

If I started a charity it would be to: help fund art programs in schools and communities

The three items on my bucket list are:

  1. Learn Japanesse
  2. Swim with dolphins in the ocean
  3. Star in a major motion picture

I am: a morning person / not a morning person

My favorite foods are: sweet / savory ("I treat myself to a Blow Pop all the time")

I am an: amazing cook / O.K. cook / awful cook

The best thing I make is: a mean grilled cheese!!!!

I am: single / in a relationship / it's complicated / I'll never tell!

I am: spontaneous / a planner

My personal style can be described as:

  1. Leather jacket and motorcycle boots
  2. T-shirt, jeans and Converse
  3. Chanel sunglasses and Louboutin heels
  4. Maxi dress and sandals
  5. Other

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ASHLEY IN PICTURES:

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ASHLEY ONLINE:  Twitter • Instagram • The Society portfolio

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