I am Miss New York International 2020 and an ambassador for the American Heart Association and for the Go Red for Women movement. I am also a graduate of New York University's Science, Health & Environmental Reporting Program (NYU SHERP).  Previously, I studied professional writing and took premedical courses at Michigan State University (MSU). I was the 2017 recipient of the Cardiovascular Research Foundation's Jason Kahn Fellowship in Medical Journalism. I currently serve on the Foundation's Women's Heart Health Initiative advisory committee. My work has taken me to Honduras, Cambodia, and Ghana and has appeared in outlets like The New York Times Daily 360, PBS NewsHour, The Huffington Post, Undark, The Root, Psychology Today, TCTMD, and Tonic (Health by Vice), among other publications. When I'm not writing articles or building my career, I'm exploring the world of fashion and beauty.

Email: ashleylylesnyu@gmail.com