Ashley Graham recruits podcast guests via social media

Ashley Graham recruits celebrity guests for her podcast by messaging them privately on social media. The model launched her Pretty Big Deal podcast, in which she has candid conversations with celebrities such as Kim Kardashian, Serena Williams and Amy…

Ashley Graham recruits celebrity guests for her podcast by messaging them privately on social media.

The model launched her Pretty Big Deal podcast, in which she has candid conversations with celebrities such as Kim Kardashian, Serena Williams and Amy Schumer, in October 2018, and began the second season last week.

In an interview with WWD, the 32-year-old, who is currently pregnant with her first child, shared that she isn’t afraid to slide into celebrities’ direct messages (DMs) to ask them to be a guest.

“I DM people all the time. I will blow your DMs up,” she said, adding that her strategy works as no one has turned her offer down as yet.

She believes her podcast stands out from the crowd because guests feel like they can be candid.

“I’ve been completely honest with my fans since Day One and they know that I’m only going to bring honesty out of my guests and that’s always been the goal for me – just to have honest, real conversations,” the star continued. “But also, my guests feel like they have a platform to tell their own stories as well. It’s not just your normal who are you wearing, what parties are you going to.”

Ashley launched Pretty Big Deal’s second season with an episode starring news anchor Gayle King and followed it up by chatting to fellow model Emily Ratajkowski this week. She intends for the podcast to become a permanent weekly feature and will even pre-record enough shows so that Pretty Big Deal continues while she takes about three months off after the birth of her son in January.

“We had a big meeting about what do the viewers want and what are they craving,” she explained. “The first thing they were craving were 30-to-40-minute pieces of content for the commute and also we realised the moment we go away they’re sad and then people will forget about the podcast. So, we decided that we want to be weekly and you never have to miss a beat.”

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Prabal Gurung named honorary fashion designer for 2019 American Portrait Gala

Prabal Gurung has been named as the honorary fashion designer for the 2019 American Portrait Gala.The Nepalese-American designer is known for his use of bold colour and slogan T-shirts, with his clients including Jennifer Lawrence, Marion Cotillard, an…

Prabal Gurung has been named as the honorary fashion designer for the 2019 American Portrait Gala.

The Nepalese-American designer is known for his use of bold colour and slogan T-shirts, with his clients including Jennifer Lawrence, Marion Cotillard, and Gigi Hadid.

Now, officials from The Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery in Washington, D.C. have announced Gurung will be taking on a key role for the American Portrait Gala, set to take place on 17 November, and the 40-year-old could not be more thrilled.

“To say I am honoured, grateful and absolutely humbled to be the honorary fashion designer at this year’s @nationalportraitgallery @smithsoniannpg gala is an understatement,” he wrote on Instagram following the announcement. “For a boy from Nepal, who came to America 20 years ago as a student and an immigrant, with nothing but dreams, this is absolutely surreal. To be able to share the evening with my own personal heroines and heros (sic), I am absolutely humbled and eternally grateful. Thank you @nationalportraitgallery and @randi164 this means the world to me. Can’t wait for the gala.”

While Gurung’s gig as the honorary fashion designer has not been fully detailed, it is believed he will be outfitting organisers and presenters.

The biennial American Portrait Gala raises funds for the museum’s exhibitions endowment.

This year, museum officials have decided to award the Portrait of a Nation Prizes to chemical engineer Frances Arnold, Amazon boss Jeff Bezos, members of music group Earth, Wind & Fire, Hamilton’s Lin-Manuel Miranda, businesswoman Indra Nooyi, and U.S. Vogue’s Anna Wintour. Gayle King will serve as the gala’s host, while presenters include former U.S. First Lady Michelle Obama, Jeff Bezos’s son Preston, James Corden, and music producer Clive Davis.

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Ashley Graham working on building her lifestyle brand

Ashley Graham is working hard on developing her lifestyle brand.The curvy model is one of the hottest names in the fashion industry and has landed major gigs for the likes of Swimsuits for All, Marina Rinaldi, Revlon, and Rag & Bone. However, Ashley is…

Ashley Graham is working hard on developing her lifestyle brand.

The curvy model is one of the hottest names in the fashion industry and has landed major gigs for the likes of Swimsuits for All, Marina Rinaldi, Revlon, and Rag & Bone.

However, Ashley is keen to bring all of her various projects under one umbrella and has recently teamed with Scooter Braun, who manages the careers of Justin Bieber and Ariana Grande, in order to achieve her dreams.

“Having a lifestyle brand is a very big goal for me,” she said in an interview with U.S. Elle magazine. “That’s what I’m building out right now with my manager.”

In addition to creating her brand and modelling, Ashley has been a judge on America’s Next Top Model, hosted American Beauty Star, and launched her podcast Pretty Big Deal. Even though she is already involved in a number of different types of media platforms, the brunette beauty went on to explain that she had a realisation during a wellness retreat a few months ago that she doesn’t want to be the next Oprah Winfrey.

“I was hiking and listening to one of her (Oprah’s) podcasts. One of her producers was on, talking, and she was like, ‘If I had a dollar every time someone said, ‘I’ve got the next Oprah,’ I’d be filthy rich.’ She was like, ‘Nobody’s gonna be Oprah, because Oprah cornered a market in her time… Nobody was talking the way she was talking on TV,'” the 31-year-old recalled. “It was my aha moment. People have always put me in this box of Oprah, or Ellen, or whatever. I was like, ‘I’m not gonna be Oprah. I’m gonna be Ashley.'”

Ashley actually had the pleasure of meeting Oprah at the A Wrinkle in Time movie premiere last year.

Yet, it is actually the media mogul’s long-time friend Gayle King, a co-anchor of CBS This Morning, who she has sought professional advice from at times.

“Gayle King doesn’t know this, but she’s my mentor,” she laughed.

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