- Indigenous model Quannah Chasinghorse said she felt more welcome at the 2022 Met Gala.
- She previously told Insider that she felt “lonely” and like she didn’t belong at last year’s event.
- “I came here this year more prepared,” the 19-year-old told Reuters on the red carpet on Monday.
Quannah Chasinghorse said she felt more welcome at the 2022 Met Gala after speaking out about feeling lonely at last year’s event.
The indigenous model, climate activist and protector of the earth wore a dreamy aquamarine tulle Prabal Gurung dress at the “golden glamour” themed Met Gala on Monday. While walking the red carpet, the 19-year-old, whose heritage is Hän Gwich’in and Oglala Lakota, stopped to speak with Reuters about the difference between her second appearance at fashion’s biggest night and the first.
“I came here this year more prepared,” Chasinghorse said.
“It was a bit lonely last year,” she added, before the reporter asked if she felt more welcome this time around.
“I felt alone because my people had never been welcomed into these spaces before,” she said of the 2021 event. “It’s really important to have representation in these spaces. “
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“To be one of the first Indigenous women to wear face tattoos, to be welcomed as I was – it was beautiful – but that should have been a long time ago,” Chasinghorse added.
Speaking to Insider after the 2021 Met Gala, the model said she felt more alone attending the American-themed event than a viral tweet she shared the experience in September.
“It was just such a weird space,” Chasinghorse told Insider at the time. “I remember standing there and looking at everyone and feeling so alone. Like, really, really alone.”
“Nobody knew me. Nobody wanted to ask,” she added. “People are there for themselves and it shows.”
As she did at the 2021 Met Gala, Chasinghorse accessorized her couture look with handcrafted jewelry made by Indigenous artisans.
In the interview with Reuters, she said her necklace – designed by Lenise Omeasoo of drawings of antelope women – was made of earthly elements such as porcupine quills and moose hide which his people traditionally used “back then”.
Speaking to Insider in September, Chasinghorse said that for her people, body art and jewelry are seen as medicine with healing powers. At last year’s event, she said the accessories combined with her face tattoos helped her remember her ancestry, which made her feel less alone on the mat red.
“All my ancestors were with me at the time; they walked the red carpet with me,” Chasinghorse told Insider at the time. “It made me feel more powerful.”
Representatives for Quannah Chasinghorse and Antelope Women Designs did not immediately respond to Insider’s request for comment.