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Arielle Ray has had an extensive modelling career with publications around the world including Playboy, FHM, and Maxim.

Unlike any other influencers, the budding actor’s charisma and ability to not take herself too seriously charms everyone she meets.

Arielle is a fierce advocate for body positivity, and self-love, after having the disease hit close to home with her mother suffering from an eating disorder. As a result, Arielle wants to use her platform for positivity to empower everyone going through something similar.

We grabbed 5 minutes from Arielle’s busy schedule to see how her 2019 is shaping up.

Tell us how you got into modelling?

I was very young when I started modelling. I was signed with LA Models and my life consisted of castings and go-sees but I loved it. I took over a decade-long break when I was living in Kansas before I finally got back into it. I then signed with Ford Models in Arizona of all places.

What have your career highlights been thus far?

Working on my own projects has been most rewarding for me so far. I completed the first solid draft of a screenplay, produced and starred in a pilot and I’m working on a personal project and a short film currently which I’m excited to see where they go.

Why do you think body positivity is so important in 2019?

I think it’s so important because we live in our body. Our body is our home. If we aren’t happy there, then where and how can we truly be happy?

Who is your inspiration?

I find inspiration in everyone who has a positive attitude and outlook on life.

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If you could choose one thing to change in your industry, what would it be?

I would change the cattiness of it all. There is space for everyone to succeed. We should help each other out more and be supportive for one another.

How do you keep in such great shape?

Well, I stopped drinking. I think that helps a bunch. I work out with a trainer when I can and try to do some kind of workout or activity five days a week. I travel a lot so I try to get it in when I can. Switching up the workouts has been helpful for me too!

Your realistic and comedic approach to life is what makes you so popular, why are you so candid?

I probably find it a little too much fun. I grew up in a family full of smart asses so to win any battle you had to learn to defend yourself with smart comments. It’s basically my family’s first language. Besides taking yourself too seriously on social media is a drag. All of it is so much more fun when you look at it as a fun joke being played on everyone.

What does 2019 hold for you?

Lots! A pilot I shot last year just came out so we will see what happens with that. Currently, I am finishing a project up and figuring out how to distribute it as well as make it well known. I’ll be shooting a fun fantasy short in February. So far that’s filling my plate but I’m very excited to see what 2019 has in store!

All images courtesy of Arielle Ray.