Traveler & Explorer

with Gabi Ashton /@gabi_ashton

Photography by Shannon Laurine / @shannonlaurine

PR LA Media Group / @la.mediagroup

Such an absolute honor to have you on Playboy! Talk to us about your career and what made you get into the industry? Thank you so much! I entered the industry out of pure curiosity. But to tell you the truth, it took me a long time to get here. I never thought of myself as a model — even though many people around me told me to consider it. Having the opportunity to fearlessly express my sensuality and creativity is empowering. When I met my photographer, Shannon, we instantly clicked, and she really encouraged me to do more shoots. Once I started believing in myself and taking risks, that’s when everything changed!

What is your favorite thing to do? I love traveling and exploring new places. My career allows me to be in a different city every week, so life is never boring. When I need to relax and unwind after traveling, I make sure to spend a whole day at the spa.

What does it mean for you to be seen as a strong, intelligent, ambitious woman? Do I care if people see me as strong, intelligent, or ambitious? No, not really. I think part of what makes a woman all of those things are not caring about other people’s perceptions. I march to the beat of my own drum.

What would you say makes you stand out in the industry? I’m apologetically myself. Sex sells, but so does authenticity.

What puts the biggest smile on your face? Laughing until I cry with my best friends — that’s priceless. This shoot was so fun! When I’m around good people and great energy, that’s what makes me the happiest.

What are some of your biggest passions? I’m very passionate about taking care of my health. In my free time, you can find me at the gym — it’s my place of worship! Nothing beats the feeling of getting stronger. I also love cultivating genuine connections with people, traveling, and trying different cuisines.

3 ultimate deal breakers when it comes to men? If a man is disingenuous, judgmental, or just an asshole — I’m not interested.

What are some of the things that attract you to a man? I think confidence is super attractive. Intelligence, being open-minded and having a healthy sense of humor are all great qualities. I wouldn’t say I have a specific type. I’m typically very playful, so I need someone to balance that out. I love being treated like a princess. Being romantic, respectful, and generous is also very important.

What is the most daring thing you have ever done? Starting my own business. It was the scariest decision I ever made, but the best one.

What is the best way to approach you as an admirer? Ask me out for a dinner date. Planning is key. I love collecting Michelin stars, and I love gifts.

Where can our readers catch up with you and stay updated with your work? Follow me on Twitter and Instagram. I’m always posting new content Twitter: @GabiAshton Instagram: @Gabi_ashton.

We are so happy to have gotten to know you a little bit! The pleasure is all mine. Thank you! Any last words out there for our readers?  Be you. Believe in yourself and don’t be afraid to fail.