Ashly Perez Biography

Ashly Perez is an American social-media star, actor, media-content creator, women’s rights activist, travel editor, and producer. With a long-term association with the New York-based digital media company ‘BuzzFeed,’ Ashly has made a significant impact as a travel editor and video producer at ‘BuzzFeed Motion Pictures.’ Known for her groundbreaking content that focuses on the stereotypical experiences of young, multicultural women, Ashly has become a prominent voice in addressing the stereotypes faced by South Korean women and advocating for the LGBTQ community. Her boldness in expressing her views on her sexual orientation has made her an inspiration to the youth.

Quick Facts

  • Age: 34 Years
  • Height: 5’6″ (168 cm)
  • U.S. State: California


Ashly had 19 different jobs before she landed a prestigious position at one of the leading independent digital-media companies in the world. She had worked as a frozen yogurt topping scooper, a camp counselor, and an office manager at her father’s dental clinic. She also worked as an English teacher in Daegu, South Korea.

Her work took her all over Asia. Ashly would write blogs and articles for ‘BuzzFeed,’ a New York-based internet media organization. She had also applied for a job in the company and was waiting for a reply. Ashly wrote a lifestyle article for ‘BuzzFeed,’ titled ‘I Wasn’t Beautiful Enough To Live In South Korea,’ which emphasized on the country’s obsession with women’s appearances. The post became viral and helped her bag a job at ‘BuzzFeed.’ Ashly was offered an editorial fellowship with the company. She moved to New York in 2013 and did a six-month internship with ‘BuzzFeed.’

After the internship, Ashly was made a video producer and development partner of ‘BuzzFeed Motion Pictures.’ She also created and edited content for the website.

As a development partner for ‘BuzzFeed Motion Pictures,’ Ashly co-created ‘BuzzFeed Violet,’ featuring ‘BuzzFeed’s’ first scripted characters. In December 2015, Ashly and her fellow producers, who were also cast as ‘Violet’ characters, released their first stand-alone series, ‘You Do You.’ The series revolved around four female ‘BuzzFeed Violet’ characters. Soon, the series gained momentum and garnered the top spot on ‘iTunes TV.’ It remained at the top for the entire first week of its launch, pulling down two megahit series, ‘The Walking Dead’ and ‘Keepin’ Up with the Kardashians.’ The second season of ‘You Do You’ was globally launched in the summer of 2016.

Personal Life

Ashly Perez was born on July 8, 1989, in California. She has Cuban, Filipino, and Korean roots. She belongs to a family of doctors, lawyers, and nurses. Ashly’s mother stayed in the Philippines before she immigrated to the US at the age of 18. Ashly’s parents are supportive of her career. They attended a ‘BuzzFeed’ event in October 2013. Ashly once described Mallory Wang, former ‘BuzzFeed Director of Insights,’ as her long-lost sister.

Ashly majored in international studies at ‘Pepperdine University’ in Malibu, California. She believes that the video ‘Things Beyoncé Does That’d Be Awkward If You Did Them’ is one of her silliest works. However, it is also one of her favorite videos.

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