Jessica Ashley

About

Birthplace
Detroit, Michigan
Ambitions
Writing, modeling and more—my plans are fluid
Guilty Pleasure
Modernist erotic novels
Who I Quote
Fritz Scholder: "Whisper questions to the Sphinx at night."

June 2014 Playmate Jessica Ashley is a self-proclaimed book fiend who started writing prose at the age of four and lists modernist erotic masters Henry Miller and Anaïs Nin as her favorites. “People always told me I should model, but literature was my focus.” And after she started modeling at the age of 21? “I was hooked,” Jessica says. “It’s so exhilarating. I feel I come alive in front of the camera. I get to be something awesome!” When we first ran across ­Jessica on Facebook, we knew this siren from the suburbs of Detroit was born to be a Playmate. And when we met her in person, our hunch proved right on the money. The adventurous University of Michigan graduate (she ­studied English and psychology) is into skydiving, running and having sex (“I love it, and I’m not shy about it”). Her charisma is unmistakably sensual. “People always think I’m flirting because I’m constantly touching myself and playing with my hair,” she says. “I don’t even realize I’m doing it. I’m just very tactile.” Since she was chilled to the bone up in Michigan this past winter, for her first Playmate shoot, we flew Jessica to a midcentury-modern Los Angeles mansion designed by John Lautner so she could hit the pool and lap up ­Silver Lake’s sweeping, sun-baked views. Once the camera started clicking, Jessica’s words rang true: She became something awesome indeed. “I treasure being a June Playmate,” she says, her fingers tangled in her luscious hair. “I love the summer, and posing nude with playboy in that incredible house is a dream.”