Model Off Duty with Alika Ray

We classify Alika Ray as a true, original gypsy. If you do not recognize her face, then you have not been keeping up with The Wagon. She has been a shop girl at our Dallas location for over 5 years, she has been shining on our Instagram feed as far back as you can scroll, spotted on our billboards, website, you name it...she has done it. She is not just big time for us, Alika has been in the acting and modeling business since she was 15. She spent time out in Los Angeles, but was drawn back to Dallas when she turned 30, she was missing the feeling of home. Last year she was chosen to be one of 10 women for Dallas' Most Beautiful. We feel that honor came to her not only because she is stunning, but because she has one of the most open and beautiful spirits that we know.

Her soft, curly hair and big smile invite you in, and her vivacious energy and warm heart keep you locked. Any time spent with Alika will have you laughing until your stomach hurts, she is a true performer. Her knack for story telling keeps you hanging on every word she says. She can be your therapist at any moment needed. She is ready for any adventure thrown her way, always looking for a new experience to impact her world.

"And above all, watch with glittering eyes the whole world around you because the greatest secrets are always hidden in the most unlikely places. Those who don't believe in magic will never find it." 

Read on to learn a little bit more about what makes Alika Ray so special.

Where do you find inspirations for your style? You know, these days, there are so many outlets to find inspiration. Especially with social media. I feel lucky to be in an industry where there are so many creative people with impeccable style that inspire me. But traveling is my favorite way to find inspiration. I take everything in when I'm traveling...being mindful. I think that helps bring an authenticity to anyones style. And then there is Molly McBride. ;)

"Don't worry if you're making waves simply by being yourself. The moon does it all the time."

Who are your icons? I think there is no one that embodies the word Icon more than Jane Goodall. As far as fashion icon, love me some Diana Ross! I mean, SLAY before anyone said it....and I wanna dress like Iris Apfel when I grow up. My personal icon - PRINCE. He has been my greatest influence of my life.

What is your ideal day "off duty"? I take it to The King Spa if I've a day off! I will spend a whole day there. I live for the foot massages. For the weekends, David (the boyfriend) and I cruise to The Hill Country with Bella ( our 12 yr old Denton farm dog) in the back seat. I love the vineyards in HYE, TX. Calais Winery, William Chris Vineyards. This whole area has completely changed the way I thought about Texas. If we aren't road tripping, we like to nest in our loft, sometimes entertain.

Do you have any guilty pleasures? Amazon Prime, and Halo Top Ice Cream. Actually, Halo Top is guilt free so I guess I need to specify...buying cases at a time of Halo Top Ice Cream. Also - wine.

What's on your current playlist? Leon Bridges, Khruangbin, Radiohead. When I'm on set I like to get it going with Pandora Station HipHop BBQ!

What is your favorite thing about Summer? The evenings! I feel like my senses are heightened in the summer evenings. 8:30pm sunsets and a nice glass of Rose.

What are your dreams for the future? It will sound cheesy but a future that continues with a lot of LOVE! I've so much to be grateful for. I do not take a day for granted. 

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Stop by The Wagon to get styled by Alika, and keep a close watch for her on our Instagram. Follow along with what is going on in her world here: @alikaray.

Posted on July 5, 2016 .