Quannah Chasinghorse Is The Breakout Star Of Last Night’s Met Gala
The theme of yesterday's Met Gala was "In America," and the celebrities attending the illustrious event interpreted the call in every possible way. Billie Eilish paid homage to Marilyn Monroe, while Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez wore a dress that read “Tax The Rich” in red and Kim Kardashian went incognito in a full-body blackout hoodie from Balenciaga.
The 19-year-old indigenous model and activist Quannah Chasinghorse, who stood out from the star-studded guest list, has been praised for her looks by social media commentators, with many saying she really understood "the job" of American representation.
Chasinghorse, named Quannah Rose on Instagram, identifies with her indigenous ancestry, both with Hän Gwich’in (from Canada and Alaska) and with the Native American Oglala Lakota (from South Dakota). Vogue recently portrayed the aspiring model, calling her one of the "freshest new faces" in fashion. Chasinghorse is visually stunning, even without a bit of make-up, and is known for its traditional Hän Gwich’in face tattoos: lines that run down her chin and extend out of the corner of her eye. The hand-cut lines are called yidįįłtoo and symbolize life events. "The lines represent overcoming generational and personal trauma," Chasinghorse told Vogue.
Given the sky-high standards of the Met, Chasinghorse naturally worked with an entire styling team for the evening. She wore a gold cut out dress by Peter Dundas for Revolve and authentic Navajo turquoise jewelry (which her aunt flew into NYC). Make-up artist Gucci Westman, founder and creator of makeup label Westman Atelier, created a statement beauty look that focuses on glowing skin (courtesy of 111SKIN products), intensified eyes, and a soft, nude lip. "Quannah is a strong, passionate, beautiful woman - and I really wanted the makeup to underline that," Westman said.
To "really define the tear line," Westman used a duo of Chanel black eyeliners, Le Crayon Eye Definer and Liquid Liner in Noir. Then she used her Westman Atelier Eye Pods eyeshadow in Noir, a metallic black, with Bonne Chance, a khaki green shade, and smeared the cream powder over Chasinghorse's lower lash line. For the lips, she used a mix of rosy tones from her Westman Atelier Lip Suede palette in Les Nudes.
From the Met Gala on, we hope to see a lot more red carpet looks from Chasinghorse. Not only is she a voice and advocate for indigenous communities, she is a young person with a perspective and personal style that speaks to and includes a community that has long been silenced in the media.
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