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SWEET SUCCESS

Ashley Everett talks about her career, being fearless, self-time, and more.

The chances are you know Ashley Everett better than you realize. If you’ve ever found yourself mesmerized watching Beyoncé’s number one hit song, Single Ladies or enchanted by a twirling banana on The Masked Singer, you’ve watched Ashley dance. She’s a beautiful person, and we think you should know her better, so we asked her:

About career: Your career took off when you were named one of Beyoncé’s dance captains at age 17. What’s next? AE: I just wrapped season three of The Masked Singer, the number one TV show in America right now, so tune in! In 2019, I turned 30, so I’m in a new place in my life where I’m wanting to work on projects outside of dance and expand and grow. Last year, I launched my swimsuit company, Phae Design (phaedesign.com). It started with one swimsuit that I made with a close friend. We wanted to design something that was flattering for all body types but not too revealing. It’s a one piece with sexy moments like a deep plunge in the front and high cut thighs. I modeled it on Facebook, and it was an instant hit. I also have some other brand deals in development that fall in line with what I represent: a woman who is healthy, natural, and likes to feel pretty. I’m always on the go, and I need things that work for my extremely active lifestyle.

About the future: What haven’t you done yet that you’d like to do? AE: I have not been in a major feature film yet, and I definitely have to do that. I’ve always wanted to do something with comedy. The older I get, the more open I become. I like to laugh, and I love to make people laugh. I definitely want to travel more. And, when it comes to dance, I’d like to choreograph and teach more workshops and tours. Beyond work, I want to spend more time with my family and loved ones. I’ve missed a lot of birthdays, holidays, and other family time due to my career, and I don’t want it to miss it all.

About being fearless: You advise your followers to be fearless. Why is that important? AE: I don’t ever want to look back and ask myself “What if I’d tried to pursue that dream or passion?” I don’t think we should live in a “what if?” world. It might not work out, but you have to put it out there. Eventually the chance to pursue that dream or passion will come along and you have to try it. You have to figure out if you’re good at it or like it. Follow your intuition and your heart. Intuition is a serious thing that we all as humans have but often ignore. I’ve done that, but it always comes back around. So just follow your heart and your dreams. As long as you feel in your heart that it’s right, try it. You’ll learn something from it no matter how it works out.

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About self-time: How do you find time for self-time and take care of Ashley? AE: Over the past couple of years, I’ve been more adamant about self-care and my own personal happiness. This takes many forms, from staying home alone for an entire day, to taking a couple of days off at a beautiful resort. I take that time and I make time. I need that reset button. I’m trying to get more comfortable with taking a break so I can come back to me. I’m still working on the break thing.

About guilty pleasures: Do you have any? AE: Reality TV! I love it because I don’t have to think about my issues. I curl up and watch other people deal with their issues. It’s so entertaining! But I don’t really feel guilty about it. I need that free time to get out of my head and just relax.

See Ashley Everett in this issue’s STYLE feature.