Arianny Celeste is a talented model, businessperson and singer. She is also a centered human being who exudes gratitude and humility. Being, perhaps, the most famous ring card model in UFC history, with a social media following in the millions, she has branched out from modeling with an online business called Girlfriend Box, which can be found at
www.girlfriendbox.com. Additionally, she has merchandise for sale on www.ariannyceleste.com.
This past week in Las Vegas was International Fight Week. It is a yearly week of festivities for the mixed martial arts community. Since she was back in Las Vegas – where she was born and raised – we had the opportunity to CYInterview Arianny Celeste. See our photo above.
With a social media following of close to 10 million, across Instagram, Twitter and Facebook, there is no denying that people are paying attention to and waiting for the next update from this multitalented woman.
You can read the entire CYInterview transcript or listen to it in its entirety below:
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Chris Yandek: This is Chris Yandek for CYInterview. We are here today with the one, the only, the Arianny Celeste. Thank you so much for being here today. How are you? Welcome back home.
Arianny Celeste: Thank you so much. I’m doing really well. Super busy this weekend. But it’s always hectic; but it’s always fun. So I’m happy and I’m grateful to be here.
Chris Yandek: Well, I want to start by just saying to you one quick thing, what does this week [International Fight Week] mean to you? You know, you’ve been in MMA since 2006 and this is like a Super Bowl week now. So it must be amazing to see how the sport continues to grow.
Arianny Celeste: Yes. It’s always fun. It’s always exciting. This is the weekend that I really get to connect with my fans. I have posters. I have t-shirts. So I really, I try to give them something that they didn’t have before. I would’ve had my calendars, but they didn’t print in time. So, it’s just all about the fans this weekend. It’s all, obviously UFC is here and they put on such a good show for the fans and we’re able to really connect and do a lot of events that have to do with like just having fun with our fans.
Chris Yandek: Well, with your continued rise to fame, you have now, as I like to say it, got into the entrepreneur spirt. So tell me about
Arianny Celeste: So Girlfriend Box is a gift giving service that I started with my friend and it’s basically everything that you need whether you’re in the dog house with your girlfriend, whether you just want to say, ‘Hey, I’m thinking about you.’ This is the one stop shop where you go to get her a gift whether it’s for her birthday or anniversary or what not. We are gift giving done easy. So you don’t have to think about it, you can schedule it. We have it ready for whenever you want. It’s shipped and we take care of all the hard part.
Chris Yandek: So looking back on this incredible journey that you’ve been on and the continued brand recognition that you have built for yourself, have you ever just sat back and said to yourself, really what makes a good ring card girl?
Arianny Celeste: You know, I think I’m way more than a ring card girl. I like to think of myself way more than that. I think it’s just thinking outside of the box. Like, what do I really like? I really am driven just by being my own boss and being independent and knowing that I do have, you know, some women that do look up to me and I came from nothing. So for me to kind of have as much as I do, you know, I’m just so thankful and I hopefully want to inspire girls who want to be like me to like, you know what? Ring card girl, like, that’s great, that’s amazing, that’s all about how you look and your body and your physique, but to have something past that is pretty cool. So I feel really good about it.
Chris Yandek: You obviously, absolutely expanded upon those horizons through that recognition and beyond that. Then my next question would be, how do you sum up the journey so far?
Arianny Celeste: The journey is a never ending hustle and always growing, always learning, always trying to keep myself together because I am human at the end of the day. You know, I have things that I go through, breakups, drama with family, drama with friends. So it’s all about just being mentally and physically healthy. Like, obviously on the outside I’m physically healthy, but mentally, everything, emotionally, keeping it together for this many years, I’m kind of proud of myself for that.
Chris Yandek: Speaking of that, I was going to ask you, what have you learned?
Arianny Celeste: I learned not to give into like people who are discouraging and negative and mean. Especially on the Internet because it can be really hurtful and if you really look into that kind of stuff. The trolls and the mean people, it could really affect you. So I just learned to ignore it and just put out as much positive energy as possible. I feel like when you’re positive, even, it’s almost like a reminder. When you’re positive to other people, it’s a reminder to yourself like, hey, you got this, you can do this, just keep going. You know, so as I encourage others and I feel like that’s what my social media is about, I’m encouraging myself.
Chris Yandek: Yeah. When I was talking with Olivia Newton-John recently [see here], we were talking about her viewpoint is always look at things in an outgoing, positive way. But obviously what I say to you is with your continued growing fans and notoriety, you have to say, well, not everyone’s gonna like me. And because I’ve got more attention obviously there’s going to be more negativity, but the amount of positivity is amazing too.
Arianny Celeste: Yes. The amount of positivity is really great. I have a lot of beautiful fans and positive people in my life.
Chris Yandek: What do you want your fans to most know about you that they don’t?
Arianny Celeste: I think, you know, like I never thought I was going to be in this entertainment business like I was. I always played everything by the book and I was actually like super shy. So, you know, for me to come out of my shell and be in this kind of industry that’s kind of like in your face all the time, it just goes to show like you can really do anything and if you enjoy it, like, go for it. I never thought I would be in this industry. But I am and I’m really loving it and it’s been a very positive like outsource of everything else in my life. So.
Chris Yandek: I think the thing I would most wonder when I was thinking about all the years that I wanted to talk with you, I’ve got a few more for you and then I’ll let you go, is, how do I say this, when did you know that you could be greater than or bigger than or better than?
Arianny Celeste: It was never like I’m better than or bigger than, it’s like, ok, I’ve been given this opportunity with this huge company. I’m doing well, but how am I gonna do even better. What can I do to take this to the next level? Ok, I gotta move to L.A. [Los Angeles]. Ok I’m gonna take acting lessons. I’m gonna take hosting lessons. I’m going to be more than just this octagon girl, this ring girl. I’m going to start my own merchandise line ‘cause I have fans. I’m sure my fans would want. So I started my calendar, I started my t-shirts. I started all these things that were just once like a tiny little dream. So to do that, I mean it takes courage. It just takes like being, like ok, take a risk, you got this.
Chris Yandek: You really do have a passion for singing. I’d love for you to tell me about that.
Arianny Celeste: I’m a singer. I’ve been a singer like my whole life. I have a very musical family. A bunch of singers, a bunch of dancers, entertainers. And singing is my passion. It’s what fuels my soul. So, you know, I just love to sing. I’m not really focused on that right now because of my business. But yeah, it’s just my happy place.
Chris Yandek: Finally, I was really surprised. You’re from here [Las Vegas].
Arianny Celeste: I’m born and raised here. Yeah. I’ve been in L.A. for nine years now, but this is my home. Every time I come home, it feels like home and I get to see all my friends that I’ve been friends with for years and years and years that I grew up with. So it’s a really nice warm welcome every time I come home.
Chris Yandek: Arianny Celeste, thank you so very much for finally being on CYInterview. It’s so great to finally speak to you. In closing, anything you want to add or mention or anything at all?
Arianny Celeste: Just be on the lookout. I’m launching my calendar in a few weeks on www.ariannyceleste.com. And if you’re looking for the perfect gift for your girlfriend, your wife, your mom, your sisters, check out www.girlfriendbox.com. And follow me @AriannyCeleste.
Chris Yandek: On Instagram, on Facebook and on Twitter?
Arianny Celeste: Yes.
Chris Yandek: Any others did I miss?
Arianny Celeste: That’s it.
Chris Yadek: Thank you so much.
Arianny Celeste: Thank you.
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