How musician Ariel Beesley is bringing back the ’80s, her way.


You might not be familiar with the name Ariel Beesleyyet. It’s been quietly whispered on the lips of casting agents, magazine editors, and music producers for years; and now with her first single, “Slower Than Usual,” out in the world, Ariel Beesley is ready to be heard at full-volume.

The model-turned-musician (or musician-turned-model, depending on who you ask) is just our type of woman: stylish and full of substance, funny with an intelligent wit, a former poetry major and current songwriter with a deep love for words and a passion for playing dress up that she never quite grew out of.

We sat down with Ariel to pick her brain on music, style, and her favorite decade.


FAME: How did you first discover music, and how did you decide that you wanted to make a career out of it?
Ariel: Music was always a big part of my childhood. My dad would play Beatles records in the morning; my mom, Frank Sinatra. I did musical theater for 10 years. But when I was 8 years old, my stepdad showed me “Just Like Heaven” by The Cure. That was the first time I really realized what music could do. I’ve wanted to be a musician ever since.


FAME: Who are your favorite musicians–at the moment and of all time?
Ariel: Blondie. The Cure. New Order. Frank Sinatra.


FAME: Describe your personal style in three words.
Ariel: Whatever I want.


FAME: How does music affect your personal style?
Ariel: I definitely love ’80s music and I definitely love fashion from the ’80s. I love finding pieces in thrift stores that were actually from then. Lately, I’ve been really into ’80s prom dresses and shoulder pads.



Ariel wears the Cher Dress.  To listen to her single on Spotify, click here.

Photos by Renee Parkhurst