By MIKE CHAIKEN
Ashley Rossi’s resume as a model is two full pages long.
The Wallingford resident includes on the documents her magazine modeling work with Women’s World, Body magazine, and Apparel and Textiles. She also includes runway work at Brooklyn Fashion Week and numerous other events in the New York metro area. She’s represented by John Casablancas CT, Ford Miami, Click Boston, Images Management NYC, and True Model Management NYC. And she’s even appeared in past issues of the Observer modeling clothes from Tommy Hilfilger and holiday fashions from Lord and Taylor.
But her modeling resume got a huge boost recently when the North Branford High School graduate earned a slot on Cycle 20 of “America’s Next Top Model” on the CW.
The first episode of the new cycle of the show, which is hosted by Tyra Banks, aired last Friday. Ashley was one of the featured faces in promotional commercials touting the latest season, which takes a twist. Male models have been added to the mix to compete with the females, including Ashley. (Ashley is sworn to secrecy as to what happens as the cycle progresses.)
In an email interview, Ashley explained Cycle 20 wasn’t the first time she vied for a slot on ANTM.
“I had the opportunity to audition for ‘America’s Next Top Model’ for a few years now in New York City,” said Ashley. “The first time I was not chosen. However, last season they wanted me to be on the show. But it was college edition (all of the models were enrolled in universities and colleges from across the country). I was not in school at the time, and tried again this year.
For a model, Ashley knew ANTM would be the break she needed in the industry.
“I knew that the show would be a great career move because it is great national exposure,” said Ashley.“I met some very powerful people in the modeling industry.”
Additionally, Ashley explained, “I have never done any type of reality TV, so it was also a learning experience.”
“There is a lot that goes on behind the scenes that you never get to see on TV,” said Ashley. “It was definitely more work then it seems while watching from home.”
Being a part of the show, Ashley said what you see on the screen is what you get on the get on the set.
“When I watched previous cycles, it always seemed intense and a lot of drama. Being on the show has shown me that it is exactly like that while filming,” Ashley said. “It was long hours and a lot of hard work. There was always something going on, whether it was drama, a photo shoot, a runway show, or a surprise from one of the judges.”
As noted, Ashley found herself on a cycle where male models were introduced into the competitive mix.
Ashley said, “I was not intimidated by the boys and actually became friends with a few of them, more so then the girls.”
All in all, Ashley said of her fellow competitors on ANTM, “We have a really fun group of models this cycle including the guys. I’m glad I was on this cycle because it is so much different then any of the previous seasons.”
The filming for this cycle has been wrapped up for several months now, and Ashley has had to keep what happened a secret. But after ANTM concluded, Ashley said, “I went to California back in February and since filming ended, I have been continuing my career in New York City.”
“I have booked a few swimwear jobs and showroom as well,” said Ashley. “The season is also getting busier with fashion week (Sept. 5 to 14 in NYC) approaching.”
For more information, go to CWTV.com. If you have On-Demand on cable, episodes of “America’s Next Top Model” are available the day after they air so you can catch up with what happens to Ashley.
By MIKE CHAIKEN