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Ashley Callingbull Becomes First Indigenous Woman Chosen For Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition

Posted By PowWow Articles March 8th, 2022 Last Updated on: March 8th, 2022

Ashley Callingbull will be the first indigenous/First Nations woman to appear in Sports Illustrated's Swimsuit Edition, SI announced on International Women's Day. 

Callingbull shared the news via Twitter:

Callingbull is a Cree First Nations woman from the Enoch Cree Nation in the province of Alberta, Canada. Born in 1989, she became an overnight sensation in the Native American community when she took home the Mrs. Universe title in 2015.

However, Ashley Callingbull isn't just one of the most beautiful Native American women—she's also multi-talented.

  • For one, Callingbull starred in the series “Blackstone” as Sheila Delaronde, a role in which she wowed fans and critics alike.
  • She and her stepfather delivered an impressive showing in the fourth season of “The Amazing Race Canada.”
  • She's a spokesperson and model for the Nike N7 organization.
  • She won the 2015 Mrs. Universe title
  • And to top it all off, she's a motivational speaker, model, jingle dress dancer.

Callingbull is devoted to her culture and her Cree people, as noted by her commitment to her volunteer work with community elders and indigenous youth. Previously, she served as a representative at Germany’s Queen of the World Final in 2010 and a year later at the Miss Humanity International in Barbados. In 2015, she was honored with a role model award from the United Nations on Global Dignity Day.

Notably, Callingbull is one of our 20 Native American Women You Should Know (do you know the other 19?).

Congratulations to Ashley Callingbull on her historic inclusion in the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition. She's an inspiration to indigenous women everywhere.

Featured image credit: AshleyCallingbullOfficial.com


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