Meet the model and activist who brought Indigenous art and fashion to the Met Gala

Meet the model and activist who brought Indigenous art and fashion to the Met Gala

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Meet the model and activist who brought Indigenous art and fashion to the Met Gala

Quannah Chasinghorse, a 19-year-old Indigenous model and activist, went viral for her stunning Met Gala look.

In her Instagram stories, Chasinghorse shared a post from photographer Emily Sullivan confirming that the much-admired jewelry came from"aunty" Jocelyn Billy-Upshaw, who was crowned Miss Navajo Nation in 2006. Billy-Upshaw personally flew the collection of jewelry to New York City so that Chasinghorse could wear it at

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the benefit gala.Quannah Chasinghorse's authentic jewelry was flown to New York City so that she could wear it at the gala.Chasinghorse was also praised for her facial tattoos, which are called Yidįįłtoo. The modelthat the hand-poked traditional art was done by her mother and is meant to commemorate important events in one's life.

"The lines represent overcoming generational and personal traumas," Chasinghorse."To be able to bring (the tattoos) back is a powerful thing — you feel empowered knowing that you’re carrying on a tradition that was meant to be erased."

Quannah Chasinghorse wore a metallic gown with turquoise jewelry and accessories.Chasinghorse is of Hän Gwich’in (a tribe found in Alaska and Canada) and Oglala Lakota (a tribe found in South Dakota) descent. Read more: »

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