Inuit powerhouses and empowering women grace the cover of the February/March issue of ELLE Canada.
Entrepreneur and Inuk designer Victoria Kakuktinniq is the owner of Victoria’s Arctic Fashion. Founded in 2014 Victoria’s Arctic Fashion is an up-and-coming design label that fuses traditional northern garments and accessories with a modern style. Started by Victoria Kakuktinniq, V.A.F. has already established itself Across Canada as a Parka brand favorite in the North.
Marika Sila is an Inuk influencer, actress, stunt performer, and host of RedPath Radio Podcast who creates a wide variety of posts and videos for social media promoting culture, health, wellness, advocacy, and Indigenous businesses.
Willow Allen is an Inuvialuit model from Inuvik, N.W.T who models in the US, Canada, and Singapore. She connects modeling with her culture and identity as much as possible.
Each wears a Canada Goose coat, showcasing the collaboration between Canada Goose and Victoria’s Arctic Fashion called the first-ever Project Atigi women’s capsule collection.
ELLE Canada interviewed each woman about their culture, advocating for change in their communities and honoring the legacy of the Inuit. The issue hits newsstands on Monday, January 31.
Nineteen-year-old Indigenous model on the rise Quannah Chasinghorse (Han Gwich’in/Oglala Lakota) is featured in the December/January issue of ELLE magazine.
She already made history being the first Indigenous woman to walk for Chanel this past month among walking for other fashion brands–Chloé, Savage x Fenty, Gabriela Hearst, and Prabal Gurung. She was even featured on the cover of VOGUE Mexico earlier this year.
Besides fashion, Quannah is well known for raising awareness and fighting for the Arctic. She works to protect sacred lands from oil development and fight for climate justice, Indigenous rights, the MMIWG, and accurate representation. She shares with ELLE her mission of bringing visibility to the Native American community in the fashion community. “There are always Indigenous people showing up, doing the work, and I don’t think we get enough recognition,” she tells the magazine. “Our voices are constantly being pushed away because people don’t take us seriously. We’ve always been a stereotype, a mascot. We’ve always been not seen as real humans. Being a part of that change and encouraging other Indigenous youth to step up and use our voices, but also to be proud of who we are, is what motivates me. It keeps me wanting to keep doing what I’m doing.”
Read her full ELLE January 2022 digital cover interview here: http://ellemag.co/NJ8AzdK