Land protector and Indigenous model Quannah Chasinghorse is making a bold and vibrant statement. Chasinghorse is based in Alaska and is from the Hän Gwich’in and Oglala Lakota tribes. As a fourth-generation land protector for the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge as part of the Alaska Wilderness League, Chasinghorse is using her platform in fashion so she can continue to be an activist and advocate to protect indigenous land, people, and their rights.
The 19-year-old model is already making an impact and has become a major influence. She made an appearance at this year's Met Gala for the first time and made her debut on the runway, closing out Prabal Gurung's fashion show during NYFW this month. The gala's theme was American culture and her ensemble symbolized authenticity, paying homage to her Native American culture which has been "appropriated and misrepresented in fashion so many times," according to Chasinghorse. Chasinghorse was partially raised on the Navajo Nation in Arizona, so to complement her dress, she paired it with Navajo turquoise jewelry that represents protection, guidance, and love in the Navajo culture.
She is determined and on a mission to reclaim her Native American culture. Chasinghorse is bringing visibility and awareness to her culture and the issues at hand to ensure her people are empowered to shatter barriers and dismantle stereotypes.
Vocalize your truth through your words and actions. Stand in confidence knowing your values and do not be swayed by others!
"Sanctify them in the truth; your word is truth." - John 17:17