Ashley Alexiss has a new title next to her name: international Playboy model.
Alexiss (Ashley Smith), 21-year-old daughter of Velvet Walsh Smith of Chelsea, is featured in Playboy magazine’s South Africa edition.
Alexiss earned her photo spot on the pages of Playboy by winning the magazine’s “Girl Next Door” contest with 40,000 votes from readers worldwide. It is her second time being featured by Playboy, having appeared online as Playboy’s Miss Social February.
“It’s an honor to have your photo published in such a well-known magazine and be known as an international Playboy model,” said Alexiss, who hosted a charity event last Thursday at Rain Nightclub in Malden.
Alexiss graduated from Northeast Regional in Wakefield where she was president of the National Honor Society. She is currently pursuing her college degree in communications at Kaplan University.
While college studies are keeping her busy, Alexiss is in high demand as a model and spokesperson. She is currently Miss Cintron Energy for an all-natural energy drink. She also holds the title of Miss Poker Centerfold 2011.
“I’m working hard and pursuing a lot of opportunities as a spokesperson for companies,” said the 5-foot-3-inch Alexiss, who has 400,000 fans on Facebook and 165,000 followers on Twitter. “I’m in contact with several publications who want to feature me.”
Alexiss said her mother Velvet, a well-known Chelsea resident and Chelsea High graduate, has been a great supporter of her modeling career.
“My mother’s great. She’s my best friend and I love her,” said Alexiss. “Everything that I’m doing now has been dedicated to my nana [Lillian Laffey], who passed away this summer. I founded Cleavage for the Cure in her honor and to help find a cure for cancer.”
Velvet Smith said she’s “beyond proud” of her daughter’s success so far.
“She’s worked so hard at it and has a drive that’s incredible,” said Smith. “Her marketing skills are superb and as she becomes more established as a model she’s already giving back. Ashley’s such a wonderful woman and she’s doing fundraisers for cancer in honor of my mother. She was very close to Ashley. She was her pumpkin.”