At 27 years old, professional surfer Anastasia Ashley has accomplished more than most humans will in a lifetime. She won the 2010 Pipeline Women’s Pro in Hawaii, is one of the most successful surfers on the women’s tour and became an internet sensation after a video of her twerking warm-up dance went viral. Yet in spite of it all, Ashley is every bit as stunning and down-to-earth as one would expect—at least after rewatching former Lucky cover girl Kate Bosworth in Blue Crush—from a big-time female surfer.
I recently sat down with Ashley to chat about her latest venture, a jewelry collaboration with OK1984. Read on to learn more about the inspiration behind her new line, her beachy beauty routine and exactly how many bikinis she owns. And don’t forget to click through the slideshow above to show her collection—it’s all under $50!
Lucky: Can you tell us a bit about how your career in surfing influenced this new jewelry line?
Anastasia Ashley: I have been traveling for years, competing around the world for surfing, so I definitely got inspired seeing all the different cultures and style influences. I love seeing trends from places like Australia, Brazil and Europe and what girls are wearing and bring that influence into designing my collection.
It clearly has a beachy feel to it, but why do you think this line is different from others?
I feel like it’s not just "one thing"—the lifestyle I live is that I’m at my hometown beach in California one day, and then on a plane to Bali or New York for a photo shoot the next—so I like things you can wear everywhere and on the go. Pieces that can be dressed up or dressed down, which is why I love the collection as it has somewhat of a gypsy jet set lifestyle feel to it.
Did you always want to design jewelry and be involved in the fashion world?
I have always loved fashion and I love being creative so it just made sense. It was a new venture and there’s been a lot of learning curves when it comes to some back-end stuff, but I’m really excited!
How would you describe your personal style?
My style overall is beach-to-city, gypsy girl. I like the term "beach glam."
As someone who spends a lot of time in a bikini, do you have any tips for making sure you pick the best fit for your body?
I think being confident is always key no matter what you are wearing, so that’s key when wearing a bikini too! My best advice is to make sure you get something that’s the right size and do not to go up or down a size. I suggest also knowing what colors or prints flatter your best features, and to always play up your best features, and not focus on the ones that you don’t feel as confident about.
Speaking of bikinis, I have to know: how many of them do you own?
I have over 200-300! I have bought many while traveling to exotic locations, and have gotten so many from great designers and from shoots. I always look on places like Etsy for independent and up-and-coming designers. I love brands like San Lorenzo, Mikoh and Stone Fox Swim.
There’ still plenty of summer left and some of us are still planning to hit up the beach—do you have any great beauty product suggestions?
Some of my must-have beach products are Josie Maran Argan Oil for my hair to protect it from the sun, as well as Frank Body scrub to fight cellulite. I’m digging Shade sunscreen to keep my skin protected. I also love the new Bikini Ready gummies to help keep my body in tip-top shape and to have in my beach bag to snack on.
Do you have any other fashion ventures coming up that we should keep an eye out for?
I was super stoked to be part of the recent Babes of Summer campaign—alongside Iggy Azealea and Sara Sampiao—for Revolve Clothing. I am always looking to collaborate with fashion brands that I love—and have a few other campaigns launching this fall…
We’ll keep our eyes peeled! So what are the rest of your summer plans?
I am competing in the Super Girl Pro this Weekend in California, which is the biggest female surf event in the US! I’m so proud to be a part of it. I’m always trying to catch big waves and push the limits for females in the arena, and have some personal goals re: big waves I’d like to catch over the next year.