Quana Chasing Horse, 19, said she felt she wasn’t part of the 2021 American-themed Met Gala.
Models and climate activists were one of the only indigenous faces at the annual event.
“No one knew me. No one was willing to ask,” she said. “People are there for themselves, which shows it.”
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“It was a very strange space to be there,” Chase Horse said. “I remember standing there, looking at everyone, and feeling very lonely. Really, really, really lonely.
“No one knew me. No one was willing to ask,” she added. “People are there for themselves, which shows it.”
She said the excitement she first felt when she heard she was invited to go As a guest of Peter DundasThe designer, who she wore a gown at night, wore during the event when reality began.
Chase Horse said there weren’t many other indigenous people at the event and he believed in the theme.In America: Fashion lexicon“Was something different from celebrities and influencers walking down the famous stairs of the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
“I’m not celebrating America,” Chase Horse said. “If I celebrate something, it’s my indigenous roots, my indigenous people. Thanks to what America has done to my people, I’m proud to be here today.”
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By attending, she wanted to make a statement on behalf of the indigenous people. History of violence and genocide.. “My ancestors had to go through a genocide after the genocide,” she said.
As a guest of Dundas with Megan Fox, Ciara and Mary J. Blige, she said she had limited choices of what she could wear. What she wanted to say wasn’t the glittering gold gown chosen for her. It was a tattoo on her face, what she said made her feel “beautiful”, and one of her aunts was a turquoise jewel that flew from Arizona.
The moment she wondered why she came, she said jewelry made all the difference.
“Turquoise and silver, and all of my tattoos have regained me,” she said, adding that for her people, jewelry and body art are considered medicines and have healing powers.
She said she returned all night to the mantra where she taught her mother to grow. “Never forget who you are and where you are from.”
“All my ancestors were with me at that moment. They walked the red carpet with me,” said Chasinghorse. “It made me feel more powerful.”
Chase Horse said he could not deny returning, but knew that the event was inconsistent with her moral values.
Gala is a fundraiser for the Costume Institute at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Only those who are rich and famous in the good grace of Anna Wintour, Its Chairman and Vogue Editor-in-Chief can go. In 2018, single tickets were priced up to $ 30,000 and tables were priced at around $ 275,000. According to the New York Times..
“I’m not an elitist, so I don’t think I belong to such a space,” Chase Horse said. “My way of walking in this world and industry is very different from others because I feel like I have to break through the barriers all the time.”
Representatives of the Metropolitan Museum of Art did not immediately respond to insider requests for comment.
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