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Visibility in Fashion Isn't Just Pressing—To These Indigenous Models, It’s Vital
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Visibility in Fashion Isn't Just Pressing—To These Indigenous Models, It’s Vital

Let's get one thing clear: the fashion industry's relationship to marginalized communities has always been fraught. It doesn't take an expert eye to see the long of history sidelining and often straight-up excluding many identities that don't fit into a stringent box of thin, cis-gendered, heterosexual, and white. The charge for more representation—be it for radical size inclusivity or commitments to racial diversity—has largely left out Native Americans despite the (often misappropriated) influence on fashion and beauty their rituals and traditions have contributed to.So while representation may seem like a surface-level answer to some, to these three Native American models, it's not just important—it's their everything. "I have people message me constantly," shared Valentine Alvarez, "I ...