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Indigenous model Quannah Chasinghorse, 19,Reflects on her Experience at The Met Gala

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Quannah Chasinghorse, an Indigenous model who has appeared in Vogue Mexico and on runway for Gucci and Rihanna, said she didn’t feel welcome at the Met Gala this year because it was ‘elitist’ and a ‘weird place to be in,’ according to reports.

The 19-year-old, whose heritage is Hän Gwich’in and Oglala Lakota, was a guest of designer Peter Dundas at the September 14 fashion show, but told Insider this week that the entire event didn’t quite correspond with her moral viewpoints. 

‘I’m not a snob,’ she continued. ‘It’s just that I don’t think I fit in places like this because I’m not an elitist. Because I feel as though I’m constantly having to break down barriers, my method of moving about in the world, in the business, is very different from everyone else.’

‘I was alone, no one knew me,’ she continued. ‘People are there for themselves, and it is evident.’

Quannah certainly has shattered many barriers, and she was the first Native American to front Vogue Mexico in May.

She has also posed for Calvin Klein and Chanel ads, graced the runway for Prabal Gurung, Gabriela Hearst, Jonathan Simkhai, Rihanna’s Savage x Fenty x Gucci, and most recently for Gucci.

For Quannah, though, going to the Met Gala was a different experience. She claimed that she felt out of place while there.

‘It was such a strange place to be in,’ she added. ‘I remember standing there, looking at everyone, and feeling so alienated. Like really, really lonely,’ she continued, noting that there weren’t many more indigenous people in the area.

It appeared that Quannah had some time to process her emotions, because the teen model had mentioned how excited she was to attend that evening.

‘I can’t thank you enough for allowing me to go to my first Met Gala. Words can’t express how grateful I am to those who made it possible for me to attend,’ Ms De Nicola wrote on Instagram following the event.

She went on to declare, ‘I never liked the phrase “In America: A Lexomic of Fashion” for the gala,’ adding, ‘I did not celebrate American independence (nor will I ever) and instead celebrated my own indigenous bloodlines coursing through my veins as I hold so close and sacred to my heart because over and over again my people have fought geocide and we are still here.

I am saddened by the inconsistencies, but I will utilize them and convert them.

She went on to add, ‘No way will I be celebrating America. If I were to celebrate anything, it would be my indigenous roots, my indigeneity. Because of what America did to my people, I am happy to be here today.’

‘My ancestors had to survive so much genocide after genocide over the years,’ she concluded.

Quannah paired her gown — a Dundas x Revolve number custom-made for her by Revolve — with Navaho silver and turquoise jewelry she borrowed from her aunt in Arizona, the former Miss Navajo Nation Jocelyn Billy-Upshaw.

‘All of that turquoise and silver, as well as my tattoos, brought me back,’ she continued. ‘All of my forefathers were there with me at the red carpet, walking it with me. This made me feel more powerful.’

On Instagram, she called it “extremely significant” that she was able to display beautiful REAL (natives) AMERICAN “culture.” She also explained the significance of her jewelry.

‘The turquoise stands for protection, direction, and love,’ she added. ‘All of which I felt as I walked the crimson carpet with the spirits of my forefathers walking beside me.’

‘I’m just so grateful to share my knowledge, culture, and perspective with others. It’s an incredible feeling knowing that my presence allows for important awareness of indigenous beauty, style, art, and communities, as well as many of the problems we face as a people.’

Quannah lamented the fact that, while she has achieved a lot in her life and career, she feels like there is so much more to do. She explained that along with climate change and Indigenous issues, these are still important causes for her.

‘I’m really passionate about the [activism] work I do,’ she added. ‘When Native youngsters contact me and tell me that I inspire them to use their voice and look more into their culture, it makes my heart sing.’

In reality, her modeling career is contributing to greater awareness of the issues.

“People forget that we are people who have been through a lot. They forget about the past, much less know it—it’s been forgotten for years. But we’re seeing more Indigenous folks being lifted and included now, and it’s fantastic to be a part of it,” she added.

“I wanted to be a model since I was young, but I never saw Indigenous representation in fashion or beauty,” she said. “Fortunately, things are evolving now, which has allowed me to participate.”

‘I never felt good about myself as a Native American because of the bad preconceptions,’ she added. ‘But that’s starting to change. Younger generations will be able to witness Indigenous excellence on magazine covers — and, hopefully, all over.’

Quannah is not the only Met Gala attendee to express her feelings about the event.

Amy Schumer opened up about her debut at the soiree during an interview with Howard Stern in 2016, when she called the event a ‘punishment’ rather than a pleasant evening.

‘It’s people doing an imitation of having a conversation,’ Amy said of the fashion-focused event. ‘I’m not a fan of farce.’

‘We’re dressed up like a bunch of pricks. I don’t care for it. I’m not interested in fashion….,’ says one female participant.’

Despite her discomfort during the event, Amy did return the next year.

Demi Lovato, the chart-topping artist, also aired a highly revealing account of their ‘traumatic experience’ at the 2016 Met Gala in Billboard in 2018, when she revealed they had such a horrible time at the event that it nearly prompted them to relapse.

‘this celebrity was a nightmare to be around,’ they recounted. ‘It was really cliquey.’ I recall wanting to drink because I was so uncomfortable.

After attending in 2013, Gwyneth Paltrow dubbed the event “so un-fun” to Australian radio hosts Kyle and Jackie O. “It sucked,” she said before telling USA Today that she would never return, however the Academy Award-winning actress ultimately showed up at both galas in 2017 and 2019.

 

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A YouTuber from Utah has been arrested and charged with accepting fraudulent claims from AAA.

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A hurricane man known for a popular YouTube channel called “Matt’s Off Road Recovery” has been charged with insurance fraud and accused of defrauding AAA through his firm, Winder Towing.

The arraignment for Matthew David Wetzel, 46, who was charged in late October with one count of making a false or fraudulent insurance claim, a second degree felony, is scheduled for next week. AAA is accused of paying more than $15,000 to Winder Towing in order to cover allegations made with known misrepresentations between January 2019 and August 2020.

According to charging papers, the Utah Insurance Fraud Division was contacted by a consumer with a complaint about AAA. After an investigation, the division determined that many of the claims made to AAA had significant errors regarding the claimed services or tow locations, according to court documents.

In one case, AAA covered three claims for a vehicle tow to Salt Lake City, totaling $2,800. The claim recipient told the Utah Insurance Fraud Division that his automobiles were not towed as he had stated in the claims. The individual agreed to receive construction supplies from Wetzel and the unnamed person submitted claims to AAA instead of paying Wetzel directly, according to the allegations.

According to the allegations, Wetzel accepted responsibility for fraudulent claims in a phone conversation, stating that he had supplied towing services to the individual on separate occasions and asking him to file an AAA claim rather of requesting payment or billing the customer at the time of service.

According to the complaint, Wetzel also allegedly stated that he would provide services without immediately billing the person, then later ask them to submit a claim.

“According to the investigator, Wetzel said he never completed a project that did not have a real service associated with it,” according to the report.

In another case, charging documents claim that Wetzel assisted with a tow for someone who did not have an AAA membership. According to the complaint, Wetzel advised the individual to join AAA, wait a few days before filing a claim, and so on. The paperwork claims Wetzel advised the customer to obtain an AAA membership, wait a few days before filing a claim, and so on. According to authorities in Apple Valley, California, charges were filed for a tow from Las Vegas to Washington County when the actual tow was from Apple Valley.

The third instance of fraud charged in the accusations was for an off-road tow of a Polaris RZR, which is not covered by AAA, according to the document. The owner of the RZR reportedly utilized his buddy’s AAA membership and stated that Wetzel’s business towed a truck rather than the RZR.

Video of the tow and Wetzel speaking to the owners was recorded, according on the paper, then posted to Wetzel’s YouTube channel, which features videos of off-road tows.

The channel has nearly 900,000 subscribers.

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A Norwegian YouTuber is said to have perished after tumbling into a lake while on a filming journey — only days before his 57th birthday in a video.

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According to reports and a Facebook post from his reported partner, the Norwegian YouTuber known as “apetor,” whose real name is Tor Eckhoff, died after he fell into an ice lake while on a trip to shoot a video.

According to the Norwegian news source Verdans Gang, an American-born Norwegian died on Saturday after he fell into the water at Jakobs Dam near Kongsberg on Friday. He was 57 years old.

Eckhoff, a well-known YouTuber who has more than 1.2 million followers and 389 million views on YouTube, posted videos of his adventures in Norway, frequently skating on frozen lakes and showcasing animal encounters and picturesque landscapes.

Eckhoff’s most recent video, which was posted on November 22, is titled “I am Not Dead, I am 57 Today,” and it’s written in English. Over the last five years since he was 53, Eckhoff has uploaded a birthday video with a similar name to commemorate his age.

According to Verdens Gang, Eckhoff lived with Tove Skjerven, who stated in a Facebook post on the “apetor” page on Sunday that Eckhoff was going on a vacation to film himself ice skating for a video.

Skjerven wrote in the blog, which is in English, that divers rescued Eckhoff from the cold water and took him to a hospital. Despite efforts to save his life, he died on Saturday after doctors “turned off all the machines that had kept your body going,” Skjerven wrote.

On Saturday, police in Norway’s South-East Police District said that firefighters had rescued a man in his 50s from Kongsberg who had fallen through the ice into the water and that a rescue helicopter was transporting him to Ullevål hospital.

The South-East Police District declined to answer questions, stating that it is “unable to discuss an ongoing investigation.”

In his “About” section on his YouTube channel, Eckhoff stated that he was born in 1964, resides in the coastal city of Sandefjord, and works as a painter. He claimed to have gained 200,000 subscribers in August 2018 and 1 million followers last December, according to the page. According to the profile, the channel was established in October 2006; only a year after 2005 when the platform opened.

In his most recent video, which has been viewed over 1 million times and liked 57,000 times, Eckhoff joyfully guzzled alcohol while strolling around outside kissing a tree and lying in a tub of murky water. People are mourning him by commenting that they’re remembering all the time they spent watching his videos and hoping he “rests in peace.”

Skjerven was also well-known on Instagram, where he had 66,000 followers and posted images from his travels. Skjerven did not respond to a request for comment.

Our hearts go out to the friends and family of apetor, who passed away tragically this weekend. our thoughts are with you in this difficult time.

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Customers were defrauded by the Chanel advent calendar.

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TikTok users have exposed the low-cost items that Chanel included in their advent calendar.

Customers were defrauded by the Chanel advent calendar. Tiktok users have exposed the low-cost items that Chanel included in their 2021 advent calendar. Over the past few days, TikTok videos have been surfacing of the Coco Chanel advent calendar, a calendar that’s worth over $800. Although, the gifts included have not been equalling to a value of $800.

A TikTok user, @eliseharmon shared videos of her opening the product, only to be disappointed. Each video she has shared have reached over 7 million views, while the numbers are increasing.

She found that the majority of the items were low-cost and not worth the $800 price tag. Items included in the advent calendar are; a plastic bracelet made with cheap string, stickers, temporary tattoos, and more stickers.

The only valuable items to be shown are 2 red lipsticks and 1 nail polish.

Fans have now taken it upon themselves to call out to Chanel, demanding refunds and telling them they need to release a better advent calendar. Over the past two days, Chanel received intense backlash through TikTok and deleted their account. Throughout Instagram, backlash comments are on the rise.

Chanel has yet to make a comment on the products and the videos that’ve been released.  Although, they continue to try and monitor comments through Instagram, and are trying to delete them as they roll in.

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