Quannah Chasinghorse has secured spots on magazine covers such as: Vogue, Elle and her latest AllureBut the 20-year-old Indigenous model explained that it’s been a long road to gaining her current recognition after feeling unrepresented for so long.
“I definitely struggled growing up with my looks,” she told the beauty publication. I never thought.”
She had always been interested in the fashion and modeling industry, but according to what she saw in the media, Chasing Horse didn’t seem to have a place in it. and Sikung Oglala Lakota of the Rosebud Indian Reservation, South Dakota, which influenced her early activism while living in Fairbanks, Alaska. But she also felt that she felt unseen in the world and that she had never heard of a message she wanted to share with the world.
Ultimately, it was her authenticity that led her to find both confidence and success.
“I just stopped caring [about other beauty ideals]”I realized that I could never be like them. To be truly happy, I had to learn to love myself and not try to change myself the way other people do.” Please, love me more.”
Plus, she puts what she really cares about at the forefront of her identity.
“What I found really beautiful was my voice. When I found my voice, I found my confidence,” she said. I felt my strength, that’s where I found my strength…if you have something to say, people will listen to you.”
Elders in her community have pointed out that Chasinghorse’s beauty must also be used to her “greatest advantage,” but the model certainly has a unique stance of using her platform to promote causes that matter. has paved the way for One of her breakthrough moments was when she appeared in her 2020 Calvin Klein ad that touched on the importance of voting. Since then, she has taken advantage of the opportunities provided to her to educate others about her own native her identity.
“I don’t want people to be humiliated or do anything because it’s not their fault they don’t know. It’s the school system, it’s society. We [Native people] People are so erased that they don’t even know we’re here. All over TikTok and Instagram, I see people talking about Native Americans in the past tense. That’s what I’m trying to change,” she said.
Chasinghorse says she presents herself in a way that aligns with her cultural sharing of feeling “more visible” and “more powerful” when wearing indigenous jewelry. , I even noticed that I feel more confident. Most importantly, she recognizes that the industry is starting to respect those choices.
“The industry is moving, it’s growing, and it’s doing better than it used to. Of course, there’s still room to grow, but you’re definitely in a really good place where you feel respected.” , my values, the way I express myself, the way I work, and everything is really respected in the fashion world right now,” she said. So we have to prove ourselves more than anyone else.It’s a huge honor to be the person who’s changing that story within these spaces.It’s really kind of breaking. I’ll follow the trail for others behind me to have a clearer path.It’s a lot of work, but it’s worth it.”
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