Rising Model Quannah Chasinghorse’s First Met Gala Was Filled With Meaning


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Who is quannah Chasinghorse?

Quannah Rose Chasinghorse-Potts (born 7 June 2002) is an indigenous American model and land protector based in Fairbanks, Alaska. She appeared on the 2020 Teen Vogue list of Top 21 under 21. wikipedia.orgQuannah Chasinghorse - Wikipedia

Alaska activist and model Quannah Chasinghorse makes waves at Met Gala and New York Fashion Week

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In a shining gold dress adorned with a family friend’s turquoise earrings, necklaces and bracelets made by Native artists, 19-year-old Quannah Chasinghorse turned heads at her first Met Gala — the star-studded annual fundraiser and haute couture spectacle held Monday at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City.

The Indigenous activist and model from the Native Village of Eagle wore a dress by designer Peter Dundas for this year’s theme, “American Independence.” Chasinghorse, who is Han Gwich’in and Oglala Lakota, was photographed on Monday alongside celebrities throughout the night including Mary J. Blige, Megan Fox and Kris Jenner.

Chasinghorse has had a busy year, attracting the attention of some of the highest names in fashion. Vogue magazine recently featured her in an article titled “Thrilling Ascent of Model Quannah Chasinghorse,” which called her “one of modeling’s freshest new faces” and said she “is breaking barriers in an industry that has long overlooked Indigenous talent.”

By late Monday, social media was buzzing about Chasinghorse.

“WHY ISNT ANYONE TALKING ABOUT THIS INDIGENOUS QUEEN WHO SERVED AT THE MET GALA,” Twitter user @takahashiputa said in a post, which garnered more than 300,000 likes. “HER NAME IS QUANNAH CHASINGHORSE AND SHE ATE.”

“Indigenous Model Quannah Chasinghorse Is The Met Gala Queen & No, We Won’t Be Taking Questions,” entertainment website Pedestrian wrote about Chasinghorse’s look. Another website, Refinery29, called her the “breakout star” of the event.

Twitter user @WambliEagleman wrote, “Quannah ChasingHorse (is) representing all Natives at the #MetGala tonight!”

In one of her first posts to Twitter — she already had more than 30,000 followers on that platform as of Tuesday afternoon, and more than 100,000 on Instagram — Chasinghorse said she wanted to “represent Indigenous art and fashion” for this year’s theme.

“I felt very alone there but some people were very sweet to me,” Chasinghorse said. “The Met Gala was a dream.”

Jody Potts, Chasinghorse’s mother, said her college best friend, Jocelyn Billy Upshaw — who was Miss Navajo Nation in 2006 and has known Chasinghorse since she was born — was flown out to New York with her personal jewelry collection.

Upshaw, Potts and Chasinghorse Facetimed with the designer and stylist to help dress Chasinghorse for the gala, Potts said.

Chasinghorse also made her debut at New York Fashion Week, closing for designer Prabal Gurung and walking for Jonathan Simkhai.

The model also walked for brand Gabriela Hearst, opening and closing the runway show.

In May, Chasinghorse was featured in a 20-page Vogue Mexico spread, which showcased her activism and need for accurate representation in modeling. She was also recognized in Teen Vogue’s 21 Under 21 list highlighting young girls and femmes, and in The Chanel Book’s 2021 issue.

She is known for her advocacy surrounding the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, and was influential in pushing the Alaska Federation of Natives to declare a climate change emergency at its annual convention in 2019.

Indigenous Model Quannah Chasinghorse Was The Epitome Of American Fashion At The Met Gala

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Last night's 2021 Met Gala celebrated the opening of the Costume Institute's exhibit, "In America: A Lexicon of Fashion." 

Among the well-known faces in the crowd, one person in particular stood out and earned massive approval across Twitter — none other than Quannah Chasinghorse, an impressive 19-year-old model who is here to shape the fashion world. 

Quannah Chasinghorse is a Native American model and activist of Hän Gwich’in and Oglala Lakota ancestry. 

Who is this NDN GODDESS at the Met Gala? Quannah Chasing Horse. What does she do? Actor? Model? Angel? Goddess? pic.twitter.com/0GWp01alql

— lulugirl (@Brienja) September 14, 2021

At only 19, Chasinghorse already has an impressive portfolio under her belt. She was first cast in a 2020 Calvin Klein campaign and signed with IMG Models a few months later. 

“I was obsessed with watching runway shows on television—Dior, Chanel, Prada—and I was always posing for pictures,” she said in a Vogue interview. But due to the lack of representation in fashion media, Chasinghorse admitted that, “it was really hard for me to feel like I had the potential to be a model.”

Now, the rising star is in the spotlight and paving the way for Indigenous representation in the industry. 

Before her big modeling break, Chasinghorse gained a massive following on social media thanks to her dedication to activism.

To this day, she continues using her platform to address all causes near and dear to her, particularly climate justice. 

She’s already spoken at the 2019 Alaska Federation of Natives Convention and has spoken at length about the importance of protecting indigenous communities from oil and gas development.

Just last night, social media went wild over her stunning look. Chasinghorse oozed radiance in a golden DUNDAS X REVOLVE gown. 


— ratcatcher 2 and sebastian shady facts (@takahashiputa) September 14, 2021

"quannah chasinghorse looks SO STUNNING i am in awe...she absolutely understood the assignment #MetGala," gushed one user.  


Chasinghorse proudly represented Navajo culture by sporting authentic turquoise that was reportedly lent to her by Former Miss Navajo Nation '06, Jocelyn Billy Upshaw.  

While Chasinghorse was applauded, many on social media expressed their disappointment with the event's lack of Indigenous American representation. 

One user wrote, "honestly im disappointed at the lack of Native American guests at an event literally themed AMERICA but i guess that fits the theme lol."

Others also pointed out that no Native designers were showcased on the red carpet. 

For an event celebrating the diversity and history of "American fashion," many people were dismayed to see the lack of Indigenous representation beyond Chasinghorse— especially considering how traditional garb and customs are often appropriated by both the fashion industry and non-Native individuals. 

Louise Erdrich, an Indigenous author, penned a heartfelt piece for Vogue earlier this year that highlighted Indigenous exclusion from the fashion industry. 

"Indigenous people create tribally specific clothing for many reasons—to express belonging, enter ceremony, show resistance, and to dance. More important, I think our clothing makes a simple point. We are still here." 

Erdrich added that, "These days, the only way I have to express Indigeneity in public life is to wear jewelry, especially beaded earrings, on Zoom appearances.

Like Erdrich, the young model also makes a point of wearing her cultural jewelry.

She often incorporates it into professional photoshoots as well as her own personal style. Fashion, to Chasinghorse, is an "impactful and eye-catching medium" that lets her share her culture and help educate others. 

We thank Quannah not only for her work, but for also showing us how we can each embrace our own heritage with a fashionable flair. Here's to wishing her the utmost success in her ever-growing career! 




Quannah Chasinghorse’s 2021 Met Gala outfit was seriously underrated

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Keep reading as we explore the Native American’s debut Indigenous fashion statement as well as the insane social media reactions and more.

19-year-old Quannah Chasinghorse made her debut at the 2021 Met Gala and certainly turned heads wearing a dress by Dundas X Revolve, styled by @tabithasimmons.

The model’s simple but flawless makeup was created by @gucciwestman using Westman Atelier clean beauty, details of which can be found in the caption of a preparation Instagram reel.

In charge of hair was professional @hollymillshair, who claimed that the trick to Chasinghorse’s shiny strands was heat protectant, triple flat ironing and taking her time.

Quannah even had family and friends helping her behind the scenes as a Navajo jewellery collection, which traditionally represents its wearer’s status, was flown out to dress the model for the Met Gala.

Now known as The Indigenous American Girl, Quannah Chasinghorse is a 19-year-old fashion model and activist originally from the Native Village of Eagle.

The teen is a model of Hän Gwich’in (Alaska and Canada) and Oglala Lakota (South Dakota) ancestry and fights as an activist to defend her tribe’s sacred lands and way of life.

After a busy year, the model was recently featured in Vogue magazine’s article titled “Thrilling Ascent of Model Quannah Chasinghorse“.

Explore Quannah’s LinkTree to discover more about the Native model.

As well as most social media platforms, Quannah has received masses of attention over on Twitter whereby viewers have been constantly rating various Met Gala looks.

A capitalised tweet praising the model as an ‘Indigenous Queen’ gained over 3,000 likes, tons of retweets and a comment section full of admiration.


Quannah’s mother (@iron.jody) even reposed the viral tweet onto the ‘gram.

The Met Gala was referred to as ‘the night of Quannah Chasinghorse’ by many supporters.

Gives me chills. To us the Met Gala was the night of #quannahchasinghorse pic.twitter.com/jQsxIZYlmF

Indigenous fashion was described as timeless following the 19-year-old’s favoured get-up.

Indigenous fashion is TIMELESS #QuannahChasingHorse #MetGala2021 pic.twitter.com/EPNOvm1GvZ

Quannah’s underrated appearance left users wondering exactly who she was, as some even speculated that she is a Goddess.

Who is this NDN GODDESS at the Met Gala? Quannah Chasing Horse. What does she do? Actor? Model? Angel? Goddess? pic.twitter.com/0GWp01alql

Another observer expressed their disappointment regarding the lack of Native American guests at the Met Ball, given the assigned theme being ‘In America’.

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Rising Model Quannah Chasinghorse’s First Met Gala Was Filled With Meaning

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Peter Dundas dressed Chasinghorse for the glitzy evening, a thrilling experience for the designer, who had taken notice of her in various magazine editorials. “I love how she makes her heritage such a strong part of her visual identity, which I realize we are missing in fashion,” says Dundas. He selected a gold lamé dress with chain accents from the recently debuted Dundas x Revolve American Dream collection. The billowing cape also gave the illusion that the model had wings. “It’s almost as if she has just flown down from the heavens,” says Tabitha Simmons, who styled her in the red carpet look.

For the model, it was important for her and her team to reflect her Indigenous culture in the ensemble as well. “It’s extremely important to represent and bring authentic and true American culture to this year’s theme, as Native American culture has been appropriated and misrepresented in fashion so many times,” says Chasinghorse. “Reclaiming our culture is key—we need to show the world that we are still here, and that the land that everyone occupies is stolen Native land.” She, Simmons, and Dundas did so by paying homage to her Indigenous roots through the jewelry, piling on turquoise and silver pieces that reflected her ties to the Navajo tribe. 

“Quannah is from the Hän Gwich’in and Lakota tribes; however, she was born and partially raised on the Navajo Nation in Arizona,” says Simmons. “I wanted to complement the dress with Navajo jewelry.” To do so, Chasinghorse reached out to her aunt, Jocelyn Billy-Upshaw—a former Miss Navajo Nation—who loaned her some pieces from her personal jewelry collection, featuring Navajo artists from across the Southwest. (Billy-Upshaw flew out from Phoenix with the pieces.) “The turquoise jewelry represents protection, guidance, and love in Navajo culture,” says Chasinghorse. “I grew up close to Navajo people and culture.”

Overall, the most important part of the night for Chasinghorse was not delivering this stellar fashion moment—though she did, indeed, do that—rather it was having a seat at the table. “I’m constantly breaking those barriers and stereotypes that are meant to harm my people and make us feel less than human. It was refreshing to feel empowered in a space where I wouldn’t have been welcomed if it was a decade ago,” says Chasinghorse. “I really wanted to be able to get some visibility and show the world that we are still here.”

Below, a closer look at Chasinghorse’s first Met gala.

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

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Chasinghorse, 19, became a viral sensation after a Twitter user shared a photo and called her a "QUEEN" in an excited tweet. On Instagram, Chasinghorse said that she used her Twitter account for the first time just to identify herself in the photo.

"This is me," Chasinghorse wrote, alongside a series of emojis.

This is me😅❤️❤️❤️❤️ https://t.co/ki6HIteayJ

The photos quickly went viral, racking up hundreds of thousands of likes and thousands of shares and comments. Many complimented Chasinghorse's beautiful metallic gown and turquoise accessories and praised her interpretation of the gala's theme, "In America: A Lexicon of Fashion."

Quannah ChasingHorse is the fashion moment of the night for me. She absolutely is American fashion. pic.twitter.com/1YK1sd77mr

Quannah Chasinghorse understood the assignment and showed everyone else how it’s done. #MetGala pic.twitter.com/TMEMrYfIf2

Quannah ChasingHorse representing all natives at the #MetGala tonight ! Yes gurl ✊🏽 pic.twitter.com/VWO10uysVP

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 the benefit gala.

Chasinghorse was also praised for her facial tattoos, which are called Yidįįłtoo. The model told Vogue that 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 said to Vogue. "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."

Chasinghorse is of Hän Gwich’in (a tribe found in Alaska and Canada) and Oglala Lakota (a tribe found in South Dakota) descent.

On Tuesday morning, she posted on Twitter to thank people for their support of her Met Gala look.

"Mahsi’choo (thank you very much) everyone for being so supportive and uplifting," she wrote. "I felt very alone there but some people were very sweet to me. The Met Gala was a dream and for the theme I wanted to represent indigenous art and fashion. Thank you Peter Dundas."

Mahsi’choo (thank you very much) everyone for being so supportive and uplifting. I felt very alone there but some people were very sweet to me. The Met Gala was a dream and for the theme I wanted to represent indigenous art and fashion❤️✨ thank you Peter Dundas🥰 pic.twitter.com/oCT0XZGBbn

Dundas also designed Megan Fox's slinky red gown and Mary J. Blige's metallic dress. Chasinghorse's Instagram story shows photos of her posing with both of them.

Chasinghorse made her modeling debut in a 2020 Calvin Klein campaign that emphasized the importance of voting. Before she was a model, she had a reputation as an environmental activist and has championed causes like protecting Alaska's 20-million acre Arctic National Wildlife Reserve from fossil fuel extraction.

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