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Native Model Named Playmate of the Year – Celebrate or Hate?

Posted By Toyacoyah Brown April 21st, 2017 Blog

Playboy magazine recently named Brook Power their Playmate of the Year for 2017. According to press releases, she is the magazine's first Native American to win the title.

Here's what she had to say about her heritage and background:

When not modeling, Brook loves putting her talents into artistic creations. She’s often run into various roadblocks, but uses her Native American heritage (she’s part Chippewa) to motivate her. “Sacagawea, my role model, broke through the strict gender restrictions of North American culture,” says Brook. “Before her, Native American women weren’t viewed as equals. As a female artist, it’s more difficult for me to achieve credibility, but I’m not bitter. I’ll take the added challenge, because gender equality has never been forced Women don’t need the booster seat of affirmative action to be as successful as men. We can kick ass just fine on our own without a social movement taking credit for our successes.”

The 27-year-old model from Oahu, Hawaii has modeled for the magazine before, posing as Miss May 2016 during their nudity-free days. But the magazine has started posting nude pictures again as of February of this year.

So what do you guys think? I know the hypersexualization of women, in general, is a touchy topic, but it's even more so in the Native and First Nations communities. Do you think it's a significant milestone that this is the first Native women to win the title of Playmate of the Year? Are we celebrating the fact that mainstream media and the modeling world is becoming more diverse? Or does the fact that Playboy still holds a stigma in society sway our opinion that this isn't a great thing?

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Regardless of your thoughts on nudity, I have to say she is a stunning woman and looks great for just having given birth only 5 months ago!


About Toyacoyah Brown

Toyacoyah Brown is an enrolled member of the Comanche Nation, currently living in Chicago. She received her B.A. in Journalism from the University of Oklahoma and an M.A. in Media Studies from the University of Texas at Austin. When she's not scouring the Internet for fun things to share with PowWows.com readers you can find her digging for vinyl in her local record store or curling up with a good book.

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4 thoughts on “Native Model Named Playmate of the Year – Celebrate or Hate?

  1. Steve Smith says:

    I believe any women connected with playboy are being exploited by an old pervert period! These young ladies should have more respect for themselves and their culture.

  2. Starr Tawny Eagle says:

    I think she is a beautiful woman and should do whatever makes her happy. As far as Playboy is concerned, I don’t have any opinion one way or the other. However, I do have a disagreement with her statement “Native American women weren’t viewed as equals”. Cherokee women were equal and actually held more status than men. Work was divided equally and women had a vote in all major decisions. The Cherokee Nation was and is still a matriarchal society and it has worked well for us for thousands of years. It was not until the whites came that this type of society became a problem, and that is just a part of history.

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