‘Native Max’ Fashion Magazine Debuts With Mariah Watchman Cover

Twenty-one-year-old entrepreneur Kelly Holmes, Lakota, grew up on the Cheyenne River Sioux Reservation in Eagle Butte, South Dakota. She currently resides in Denver, where since 2007 she’s honed her fashion credentials as a model, makeup artist, hair stylist, and fashion designer. She recently launched the premiere issue of Native Max Magazine, a fashion based magazine that features Native talent from modeling, photography, music, sports, health, and whatever topics it needs to connect with all tribes, age groups, and genders. ICTMN caught up with the ambitious Holmes after the release of the 2012 premier issue featuring Native and America’s Next Top Model contestant Mariah Watchman on the cover.

Beyond Buckskin Boutique, Online Store Featuring Native-Made High Fashion, Launches

There’s a huge discrepancy between a lot of bling and the real thing, and Dr. Jessica Metcalfe (Turtle Mountain Chippewa from North Dakota) believes it’s time to clarify that difference. “You see the inspiration and influence of Native America in the fashion industry, splattered all over magazines and catalogues,” Metcalfe says. “I think it’s time we start giving diversity a chance by including actual Native American artists in this movement.”

Mariah Watchman: Native Supermodel in the Making

Since her appearance on Tyra Banks’ show America’s Next Top Model, Mariah Watchman has become a household name and inspiration for Native women throughout Indian country. Watchman grew up in a variety of locations, but counts the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Reservation as her home. ICTMN caught up with the ravishing 20-year-old during a break as she tutored other aspiring local Native models prior to a Native American fashion event that took place in March in Billings, Montana.

Urban Siouxs Navajo Outfitters

I find it ironic the Navajo Nation is suing Urban Outfitters for copyright infringement on a pair of underwear.

First off, I pledge total support toward the Navajo effort and anticipate the case will set precedent for future legal action by Tribes with regard to misappropriation. The American Indian Arts and Crafts Act is a weapon Tribes have yet to fully wield on the legal battlefield.

What’s In a Name, Urban Outfitters?

Although the specific legal principles involved may differ, use of the terms Icewine, Roquefort and Navajo all have something in common. They tell you something about what you are buying, and right now, the Navajo Nation wants to ensure that consumers are not associating the term “Navajo” with “random south-west inspired hipster fashion.”

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Kim Kardashian’s Fashion Line ‘Goes Tribal’

Yesterday, reality star Kim Kardashian unveiled the latest items in her Kardashian Kollecton with a blog post titled “Kardashian Kollection Goes Tribal!”:

“You guys know I love my statement necklaces!! This new faux turquoise tier necklace from our Kardashian Kollection for Sears is the perfect statement piece for spring! We were inspired by a lot of tribal motifs and patterns when designing some of our new items and we’ve created some tribal-chic pieces I think you guys will love. Tribal can be glam! LOL”