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

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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.

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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.

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

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

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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.

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Cheers,
FAME

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

Photos by Renee Parkhurst