Nineteen-year-old Indigenous model on the rise Quannah Chasinghorse (Han Gwich’in/Oglala Lakota) is featured in the December/January issue of ELLE magazine.
She already made history being the first Indigenous woman to walk for Chanel this past month among walking for other fashion brands–Chloé, Savage x Fenty, Gabriela Hearst, and Prabal Gurung. She was even featured on the cover of VOGUE Mexico earlier this year.
Besides fashion, Quannah is well known for raising awareness and fighting for the Arctic. She works to protect sacred lands from oil development and fight for climate justice, Indigenous rights, the MMIWG, and accurate representation. She shares with ELLE her mission of bringing visibility to the Native American community in the fashion community. “There are always Indigenous people showing up, doing the work, and I don’t think we get enough recognition,” she tells the magazine. “Our voices are constantly being pushed away because people don’t take us seriously. We’ve always been a stereotype, a mascot. We’ve always been not seen as real humans. Being a part of that change and encouraging other Indigenous youth to step up and use our voices, but also to be proud of who we are, is what motivates me. It keeps me wanting to keep doing what I’m doing.”
Read her full ELLE January 2022 digital cover interview here: http://ellemag.co/NJ8AzdK