Ashley Virginia's Bio
This is Ashley Virginia’s third year as a member of the Eye Care Associates Storm Squad. She hails from Pinehurst, N.C., and graduated from NC State University with a degree in fashion and textile brand management. She is thankful to have a career in Raleigh that she loves. Ashley Virginia enjoys all things fitness and fashion and has been able to help in the creative production of various fashion events throughout North Carolina and Virginia. In her free time, she loves traveling (especially abroad) and helping with her church’s youth ministries. Ashley Virginia is honored to be involved with the Storm Squad to cheer on her favorite hockey team with fellow Caniacs.
Q&A with Ashley Virginia
What are the top three things on your bucket list?
Well, my top three items on my bucket list were skydiving, traveling to Australia and scuba diving. This summer I was fortunate enough to go skydiving with the one and only Army Golden Knights! Woooo!
What would your friends be surprised to know about you?
I’m terrified of moths (pathetic, I know).
What is your favorite app on your phone or iPod?
I would have to say Instagram. This app makes everyone feel like a professional photographer.
Who was your favorite musical artist when you were in the 5th grade?
I thought “Barbie Girl” by Aqua was God’s gift to Earth.
What is the craziest thing your parents did to embarrass you growing up?
On my 16th birthday, my parents drove up to school during lunch break honking the horn, blasting music, car painted all ove, and balloons flying out the windows. I find it humorous now, but in the moment I was so embarrassed.
What is the strangest thing in your refrigerator right now?
Beets. I’ve been on a healthy “juicing” kick recently so I’ve been making a beet, orange and pear blended juice. This might sound gross but it is so good (and good for you)!
What is your weirdest or most unique talent?
I would say that my eyes changing colors is pretty unique. One day, one eye will be brown and the other green. Then the next day, one will be half and half and the other blue. I never know what color to expect, and I love it!
What is the most memorable sporting event that you’ve attended?
The NHL All-Star Game that was held in Raleigh two years ago. I loved seeing thousands of hockey fans from around the world.
If you could be anyone in the World’s personal assistant for a day, who would it be?
I would love to be Kim Walker’s assistant for a day. Kim is my favorite musician/worship leader and not to mention she has a killer sense of fashion/style.
If you were on "American Idol," what song would you choose to sing?
Me on "American Idol"? Now that’s funny.
If you could have any superpower, what would it be and why?
Definitely the ability to fly so I could zip over to a different country whenever I wanted.
Dogs or cats?
Kittens and Puppies > Dogs and Cats
What is the first thing you would do if you won the lottery?
Scream, cry and faint (then repeat).
What is the most interesting vacation or trip you have ever taken and why?
I was fortunate enough to spend a semester abroad in Florence, Italy during college. Traveling Europe on the weekends with friends, attempting to speak Italian and having the most amazing city view as I walked to class -- hard to beat that.
Night owl or early bird?
Night owl, but I’ve had to force myself to become an early bird from having to be at work at 8:00 a.m.
NC State, Duke or UNC?
NC State Wolfpack all the way baby!
What is your favorite time of year and why?
Summer! Beach, warm weather and tan skin. Now that’s perfection.
Who makes the best jokes on the Storm Squad?
No one compares to Mike. Want a good laugh? Hang out with him for five minutes and you’ll be laughing.
In what event would you win an Olympic gold medal?
Running. Bolt has nothing on me.
What is it that you love about North Carolina?
Closeness to the beach and the mountains. Oh, and can’t forget sweet tea!
Do you have any superstitions?
The one and only time I fractured a bone was on Friday the 13th. I wouldn’t say I have any superstitions, but I’m a little extra careful on any Friday that happens to be on a 13th.
Do you have any nicknames?
Seeing as my name is crazy long (Ashley Virginia) some call me Ashley, AV, Virginia or Ash.
What is one thing you can’t live without?
GPS! Directions/maps and I are not friends.
What is your most prized possession?
Try going without your phone for a week and tell me that’s not one of anyone’s most prized possessions.
What was your favorite TV show when you were growing up?
I was obsessed with Full House. I couldn’t get enough of Michelle, Uncle Jesse and the rest of the Tanner crew.