Giving a well-deserved nod to the multicultural richness of today’s young faces in modeling, Allure is featuring Native models Khadijha Red Thunder and Shania Russell in its July issue on the ethnically diverse ‘American Beauty.’
On a cover that features the muslim model Halima Aden, who is wearing a hijab, a red hoodie sweatshirt and braces, the headline states, “Meet Halima, Muslim. Model. Destroyer of Stereotypes. This is American Beauty.”
In the issue, Native models Khadijha Red Thunder and Shania Russell appear on several of the pages, alongside other models of color. They also have full feature pages in the subsection titled “The New Faces, Meet the Next Generation of American Models.”
In the descriptions at the start of “The New Faces” section, one of the Native models Khadijha Red Thunder (Cree from Saskatchewan, Canada) appears with three other models. The section states: “A Honduran, a Czech, and a Native American walk into a studio…to be photographed as the freshest models in America…and their individuality is as striking as their beauty.”
Khadijha Red Thunder appears in a fun photo highlighting a jean scrunchie, and Shania Russell is in two-page spread wearing a floral print full length skirt, blouse and colorful scarf.
Russell, who is a member of the Crow tribe in Montana, says in Allure: “People ask about my long hair, but Native Americans, we don’t cut our hair unless we lose a loved one… I live on a reservation. I see Wolf Mountain to my left, Bighorn to the right, and the hills in my backyard were Little Bighorn Battlefield… I learned to value the land, not destroy it. Appreciating all aspects of life — my culture, my family, the mountains — that’s American beauty. It’s a way of life.”