There’s many questions that come to mind when you get the chance to interview a model on the rise, – especially an All American stunner who has the edge, beauty and wit to become a true powerhouse in the fashion industry.

Brunette beauty Alyssa Riley has done editorial after editorial for countless name brands such as Ralph Lauren – now she’s in the running to become the Sports Illustrated 2016 girl, and she’s certainly got our vote!

We talked to the fashion model about moments she’d want to relive, the most annoying myths of the fashion industry and building her empire.

See the full interview below:

1. From seeing other interviews you’ve done, it’s clear that you’re more than just another pretty face in the fashion industry. As a model how do you think you break the stereotypes?

Thank you!  I would like to think that I break the stereotype by staying true to myself and having a positive body image.  I’m not going to change who I am or what I believe in, so I appreciate the opportunities from Guess and SI that appreciate healthy, powerful women.


2. We’ve seen you in a variety of photoshoots from swimwear to lingerie, and editorial to even bridal – as a model you have to sometimes pose with snakes, travel to crazy places and we want to know what is your one “no way not happening” when it comes to shoots?

I don’t have anything that I absolutely won’t do or at least consider.  If its going to make an amazing shot then I’m game to try it.  I’ve always wanted to do a swimwear shoot with sharks…..I’m obsessed with Rihanna’s Jaws Harpers Bazaar shoot 😀

3. If you could live back a specific year of your life, which one would it be and why?

If I could live back a specific year of my life….I wouldn’t!  No matter how many mistakes we make or things we go through, its part of your experience and it forms your future.

4. What is one myth you would say isn’t always true about the fashion industry?

Everyone thinks we get to keep the clothes!  Whether it’s from a shoot or runway show, we very rarely get to keep what we wear.  I wish we did!


5. If you could transform your career into an empire and become your own boss in the future, what would your empire consist of?

 If I could transform my career into an Empire, it would most definitely involve culinary arts.  Whether it be a cooking show or creating an interactive blog with healthy recipes etc (which I’m currently working on J ) I really am passionate about cooking, to me it’s so relaxing and gives me a chance to be creative and try new things.

6. Some models refuse to pose nude or topless for various different reasons, what’s your interpretation of the sometimes controversial art?

This is a very touchy subject.  I believe your body belongs to you and only you and you can choose your limits.  I don’t have a problem with nudity as long as it is done tastefully and both sides agree upon the usage of the image.  Not only the industry, but our culture in general has become very sex driven.

7. As we know, being a model isn’t always fun and games – what’s been the most challenging part of your career so far?

The most challenging part for my career so far has been being away from family and the constant unknown and moving around.  At the end of the day though, I have an amazing family that keep me humble and down to earth, they are also so supportive.  I think that’s why I’ve been able to succeed in this industry.

8. If you could change one thing about the fashion industry what would it be?

I would put more models on covers!!!  IT’s so crazy how the actors and musicians have taken over the fashion industry.  I think this has a lot to do with the uproar of social media and obsession with pop culture.


9. What other forms of art inspire you most as a model?

Music to me is really inspiring.  It has the ability to change a mood in seconds whether im at a shoot or at the gym training I love music to keep me motivated and inspired to work harder.

ALYSSA RILEY 610. If you could sit in a room with anyone from the fashion industry who would it be and why?

If I could sit in a room with anyone from the fashion industry it would be Diana Vreeland.  I saw her documentary a few years ago when I was living in New Zealand and thought it was so inspiring.  She was so creative and inventive.  To me she really changed the industry and pushed the limits of photography and fashion.

11. You are in the running to becoming a Sports Illustrated 2016 girl. What would it mean to you to win this, and what’s different from the other girls that you bring to the table?

I am!  I’m so excited to be in the running with so many other amazing and talented women.  It would be such an honor to win this…I think I bring a confidence and relatable personality for young girls to look up to.  As a whole, the women selected by SI are all great role models and I would love to be apart of the brand and family of great girls!

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Finish the sentence 

At the end of a shoot I always…Thank the crew!  It takes a village

Sunday Mornings are ….Relaxing

A day at the museum is …..Inspiring

Backstage before hitting the runway is….nerve racking but exciting.

A quote I live by is….. No one said it would be easy, they just said it would be worth it 😉

To keep up to date with Alyssa Riley follow her on Twitter & Instagram!


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