Ashley Smith Talks 'Playboy' Cover & Her Family's Reaction
“Friends are the family you choose,” or so the saying on a throw pillow we once sat on goes. And here at Milk, when a friend makes it big, we do our best to support. Among the many we’re lucky enough to call part of the Milk family is Ashley Smith—who, in case you’ve been living under The Rock (Mr. Dwayne Johnson himself), landed the cover of Playboy’s November issue. And if we’re being honest, we’re pretty thrilled about it.
Luckily, we were able to snag the newly crowned Miss November for a couple quick questions to find out what went into the smoldering shoot.
So firstly, congratulations!! How did it feel when the cover came out? Had this always been a dream of yours?
The magazine came to my house the morning before it was released online. The delivery woke me, and I opened the box completely in shock. The magazine was everything I hoped for and more: with the cover showing no words other than “Playboy” and “Miss November,” with my signature below. I was completely shocked and excited at the same time. I remember telling myself to be 100 percent present in the moment so I’d never forget a second of when I was on the cover of Playboy. It was a total dream come true for me.
Where was it shot?
It was shot about an hour and a half outside of L.A. in a town called West Covina in a cute midcentury modern house.
Did you have any reservations about doing the shoot?
No, I’ve always loved Playboy, even after they changed their aesthetic. Of course there were parts of me that didn’t want to be full “vag-out” but I honestly feel most comfortable half-clothed, or completely naked. So I just believe it was a perfect match. And now I get to say to my children one day that their mommy was a Playboy cover model.
How did your parents react to it?
My mom took it really well. She is a wild one like me. I grew up on the back of her motorcycle. So her reaction was genuinely asking [me] if I could sign a copy for the leader of the local biker gang she’s part of. My grandparents still don’t know. [It’s] possible I am being naive about that—they do get on the internet a lot.
What’s something about Texans that you think New Yorkers would benefit from?
How to be gracious.
You mentioned in the Playboy interview that you’re into marine biology and have toyed with the idea of becoming an astronaut. Are these things you’ve always wanted to do?
I’m not sure what it is that I want to ultimately do with my life. I had mentioned those two things in the interview to say I wanted to do something that has a greater impact on the world we live in. I probably won’t become an astronaut, but honestly I can do anything I set my mind to.
What’s your sign? Are you into that sort of stuff?
I’m a Sagittarius, which should mean that I am adventurous and optimistic and have a free spirit (all true). But I don’t see all the zodiac stuff as being a set-in-stone, “this is who you are, period,” sort of thing. I find it interesting and very insightful.
Any last words about the shoot?
Thank you for all the love and support from my friends at Milk! This is a very exciting time for me. I’m taking a trip back home to my families’ small town in Texas. Should be interesting to see how they react to it all in person.
To read the full Playboy feature, head on over to their website here.
Images via Playboy, and by Zoey Grossman.
Stay tuned to Milk for more on the ever-charming Texan model.