Standards of beauty – now, there’s a truly subjective issue ! A subject with numerous different Aboriginal nations, each with its own, often- complex history, customs, tradition – and therefore, inevitably, standards of beauty. Yet, these quibbles aside, the subject remains an interesting one which undoubtedly deserves attention, if only to debunk some myths that have lingered on for far too long !
- MY GREAT GREAT GRANDMOTHER WAS A CHEROKEE PRINCESS
How do we, as Aboriginal people, define beauty ? How do women relate to it ? And is beauty part of our identity as Indigenous women ?
For over a hundred years, Westerns, dramas and even documentaries have shaped the public’s perception of Native people. This episode takes a look at Indigenous female characters that influenced how we see ourselves today.
- WE ARE NOT ALL THE SAME
Before colonization every tribe/nation had its own sense of “fashion”, meaning its own set of aesthetics and its own definition of beauty.
- MISS INDIGENOUS
Beauty pageants are held in Aboriginal communities across the country and beyond. Each community has its own set of standards, principles and criteria. But almost all of them have this in common : Its not just about physical looks.
- YOUR PAGEANT, MY TITLE
Aiming to someday be crowned Miss Canada is hard work. Miss Universe, even harder, not too mention less likely. Today there are several Indigenous women going after non-Indigenous beauty titles, and some a gracefully succeeding.
- ROCKING THE RUNWAY
For a lot of young women and girls, a shot at modeling, especially for an audience that is not Indigenous is a chance to build self-esteem and self-worth, important tools when you are part of the group of people who are the most at risk in the country.