July 7th, 2014 Last Updated on: July 7th, 2014
While some of the most influential fashion designers send models down the runway in mock war paint and popular brands feature images of models in imitation Chief headdresses, several Native American ladies are showing the mainstream what it means to be a true Native Beauty.
Speaking her Navajo language, knowing how to butcher a sheep and cook traditional foods, in addition to her poise and intelligence earned the Miss Navajo Nation 2013-2014 title for Miss Natasha Hardy from Hunter's Point,AZ. The 24-year-old is Kinyaa'aanii (Towering House Clan), born for Pima-Tachii'nii (Red Running into Water Clan). Her maternal grandfather is Hashk'aa Hadzoho (Yucca Fruit Clan), and her paternal grandfather is Naakai (Mexican Clan). (Photo Credit:Navajo Times)
Miss Indian Nations, Miss Alex Alvarez, was crowned during the same weekend as Miss Navajo Nation. A resident of Fort Hall, Idaho, Miss Alvarez's coronation was a highlight of the United Tribes Powwow in Bismarck,ND. The stunning Shoshone-Bannock has been enjoying a year as a positive representative of Intertribal Native America.
A member of the Northern Arapaho and the Eastern Shoshone Tribes, Miss Sarah Ortegon is from Denver, Colorado. She is currently serving as Miss Native American USA.
She became Miss Native American USA during August of 2013. She plans to use her Bachelor's degree in Fine Arts from MSU Denver to encourage other Natives to live sober lives, while achieving their educational goals.
In the midst of a social climate filled with the strife of cultural appropriation, these dynamic Native American Ladies demonstrate poise, cultural integrity and elegance. As a result, their cultural awareness, historical heritage and personal accomplishments represent an antidote to the poison of ethnic stereotypes and inaccurate images. Miss Native American USA, Miss Navajo Nation and Miss Indian Nations merge modernity with tribal traditions into uniquely authentic Native Beauty.
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