Hair Color: Light Brown
Eye Color: Brown
Ashlee Arika (pronounced as Erika) Vu
Nicknames: Vu, Ash, Vu-Vu, Arika, Fifi, Ashlee Vu
Where Are you from?
So where do u reside now??
Costa Mesa, Ca
What is your story?
Hmm…My Story… well I was hanging out at D&B’s one night and one of the bartenders started chit chatting with me about my job and we realized we knew a few of the same people. He came into my bar a few days later with some cool guy named Morgan, we started talking which and then asked me if I’d be interested to do a shoot with them in Vegas. Since i was going to be out there that weekend anyways, we ended up doing the shoot, and I got to meet several amazing photographers and videographers which eventually led to some pretty cool opportunities like my recent spread in the March 2011 Super Street Magazine.
Whats in store for you? what’s next?
I’m currently in school right now for Respiratory Therapy and finish in a year and a half. Along with that I’ve just been doing shoots and have a few upcoming projects in the process that you guys will get to see.
How are u so damn tanned???
Haha I’m not that tanned, You’d be surprise how white I get in the winter time, but when the sun starts coming out my skin somehow magically creates this golden brown skintone.
What do you do for fun?
I’m kind of a tomboy and love the outdoors and being active. Snowboarding is my love — I hit boxes, jumps, and fly all over the mountains so don’t let my girlie looks fool you haha I also love playing volleyball, and I recently went skydiving in SD and snorkeling in Thailand with my sister I love the adrenaline rush!
What is your favorite thing to eat?
I’m a sucker for good food and love eating all different types: Thai, Italian, Filipino, Puerto Rican, you name it… I’ve tried it! But my all time favorite has to be Vietnamese, I just can’t help myself. Every Vietnamese dish I’ve ever had has always been delicious, especially Bun Bo Hue (Vietnamese Beef Noodle Soup) yummm, that mys favorite (I’m actually getting hungry just talking about it right now haha) But I’m a sucker for french fries too — I just can’t resist!!
Do you even like Crooks and Castle? haha
Haha Of course i do. I actually grew up with some of the guys that work with Crooks & Castles so when i heard that the theme was Crooks I was pretty excited.
Are you single? Dating? Married? Got kids?
Can i say confused or currently pending? hahaha just kidding…..I am happily dating someone
So i met you at Mai tai? how is it working there it looks so hectic. btw can u tell me the story when u dropped the tray of drinks.
I’ve been at Mai Tai’s for about 2 years now and love the people i work with. There’s so much love there. It definitely gets hectic on the weekends but I love the rush and the customers are always so entertaining to watch. People watching has to be the best part about working there cause you see some pretty crazy drunk people sometimes.
When i dropped the tray of drinks? Haha i dont even want to remember that night. But as a waitress at Mai Tais we’re all required to wear atleast 2 inch heels, well my wedges are about 4 inches high and i was carrying drinks to a table, unknowingly walking directly into a puddle of beer that someone just spilled. My wedges caught on the puddle and i just ate it sooo hard. I fell on glass and my head banged onto the floor…twice! I couldnt even move until someone came to help me up. My hair looked like i just had a quickie in the back and i was bleeding on my arms and legs. It was pretty funny and I wanted to laugh about it so bad, but cried instead cause of the pain. =( haha I’ve got battle wounds to remind me of it too.
What is Ashley Choice of drink. Grape crown?
Grape and Crown? hahaha I can thank Steve for that. Ironically, since I’m around alcohol all the time because of work I’m not much of a drinker, but when i do drink my drink of choice would be Jameson straight or maybe something a bit more tasty like X-rated/Pineapple.
Shout outs to my friends and family especially my sexy MOM, my cousin Kat and grandma for exploiting me and being the best groupies ever! My MAI TAI family in Long Beach, you guys are the best. Goose for working with my crazy schedule, thanks Bossman. My sisters KALLY, TAMMY, ELAINE, & VICTORIA….I adore you girls!! My biggest fan Gabriel, Love you babe — hurry home! The MITT crew: Morgan, Randy, Viet, Gideon, Steve & Marcus) thanks for giving me the opportunity to work with you all. My SpoCom family: Tricia, Dianna, Jenna, & Twee, you girls are amazing…. and to all my supporters and fans, I LOVE YOU ALL — THANKS FOR ALL THE LOVE AND SUPPORT YOU GUYS HAVE ALL GIVEN ME <3 I couldn’t have done it without any of you guys…. CIAAOOOO!!!
Photographed by GideonPerez