It's always exciting to see our Native people featured in mainstream magazines. This time, Crow model Shania Russell was featured in an article in Allure magazine on how we're redefining beauty.
“People ask about my long hair, but Native Americans, we don’t cut our hair unless we lose a loved one,” says Shania Russell, who is a member of the Crow tribe in Montana. To her, the real beauty is in the rivers and mountains all around her: “I live on a reservation. I see Wolf Mountain to my left, Bighorn to the right, and the hills in my backyard were Little Bighorn Battlefield.” And all of it, including the sites where Native Americans fought for their freedom, “is sacred to us,” she says. “I learned to value the land, not destroy it. Appreciating all aspects of life — my culture, my family, the mountains — that’s American beauty. It’s a way of life.”
If Shania looks familiar, you might have caught her working for fashion designer B. Yellowtail last year:
KTVQ did a quick interview with Shania, click here to view.
I look forward to seeing more of our models in mainstream media!