THE first thing you notice about Ashley Miller, under her mop of curly, natural hair, and beneath her dark-brown, almond-shaped eyes is her inviting, thousand-watt smile that says "ask me anything".
With long fluid limbs, an elegantly poised combination of beauty, brains and a bubbly personality gives her other qualities a run for their money. Ashely is a rare beauty, the type you can meet only once and know that they are just as gorgeous on the inside as they are on the out.
And the longer you talk to her, you see the reason the 20-year-old Ardenne High School graduate beat out hundreds of other young women to be selected as one of the two hosts (the other being TEENage Observer writer Talia Soares) for the local entertainment television show Intense.
The whole intense package, this beauty who is not lacking in brains, is currently studying Industrial and Analytical Chemistry at the University of Technology. Going into her second year, Ashley plans to major in pharmaceuticals to pursue one of her dreams, becoming a pharmacist.
"Intense has been really good so far, and the feedback is much better now than it was before," she said flashing that winning smile. Then continued: "When I just started out the feedback was terrible, because people were used to Pepita and they didn't take the change well. But in the end, we just developed a thick skin, so it wasn't really anything to worry about. And, we are getting better."
Though she is not new to modelling — this is Ashley's first solo shoot in the TrendZ 365 swimsuits — her obvious dancer's body gave away the answer to our next question: "What are your other passions?"
"Dancing is my passion. I have been dancing with the National Dance Theatre Company (NDTC) since 2009, when I was in fifth form, but this will be my first time participating in the season," she said referring to the company's annual dance season in which she will be performing in the Kumina piece, Rituals of the Sunrise, and a new piece premiering this year called Chromosome X.
When asked for her advice to TEENagers whose dreams are equally as big, she answers simply without missing a beat, "Go for it! If you have it, you like it, you want to do it, just go for it! There is no harm in going for it!"