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.
Netflix Is Getting Involved In The Meghan And Harry Saga
Fans of the British royal family were ecstatic when it was announced in May that Netflix will release an “At Home With” style documentary series focusing on none other than royal rebels Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, Duke and Duchess of Sussex (via Page Six). The pair, who now live in California with their two children, struck a lucrative distribution deal with Netflix to share their life story.
According to several sources, the film’s release date has been evolving for weeks; will Netflix be able to air it in time with Prince Harry’s much-anticipated memoir, which is set to be published this fall, or will it not appear on screens until next year? A rep for Netflix stated at the time, “The announcement has not been made yet, and things are still in flux” (Page Six).
However, new information suggests that Netflix is attempting to capitalize on the fuss surrounding the royal family by releasing Meghan/Harry, a documentary series at the same time they release the next season of their blockbuster hit, “The Crown.”
What Netflix is aiming to do
Netflix is working “extremely hard” to release the docuseries about the Duke and Duchess of Sussex by the end of the year, according to an inside source, in order for it to be available on living rooms throughout the world in time for both Prince Harry’s upcoming tell-all book and the network’s own royal drama “The Crown.”
“There’s a lot to organize and a lot of things going on here,” said one source to Page Six. “Netflix wants to make sure they don’t get scooped by Harry’s book, so they’re coming in hard.” The fifth season of “The Crown” is set to premiere on Netflix this November (via BTV). The final season will pick up in the 1980s, focusing on the marital issues faced by Princess Diana and Prince Charles, Harry’s parents.
It’s uncertain whether Netflix will be able to actualize this mythical combination, but we’ll keep you informed!
Instagram knows you don’t like its changes. They don’t care.
Instagram has released numerous improvements in recent years in an attempt to transition from a social media platform to an e-commerce behemoth, messaging application, and, most recently, a short-form video discovery platform comparable to TikTok.
Now this public identity crisis is bleeding into its user base.
Adam Mosseri, the head of Instagram, addressed the situation on Tuesday morning in a bid to prevent further damage. Wearing a bright yellow pullover and facing the camera, he attempted to quieten a mounting rebellion from prominent Instagrammers.
On Sunday, Kim Kardashian West and other high-profile personalities shared a black-and-white image that read: “Make Instagram Instagram Again. (Stop trying to be TikTok I just want to see cute photos of my friends.) Sincerely, everyone.” The viral story, written by a 21-year-old influencer named Tatiana Bruening, has more than 1.9 million likes as of Wednesday morning.
In the video, Mosseri explained that the app was in transition and that some features, such as a full-screen feed, were simply tests. “There’s a lot going on on Instagram right now,” he said. “We’re experimenting with a number of different changes to the app, and so we’re hearing a lot of concerns from all of you.” But the rapid succession of new features and tests has prompted even its most devoted users to ask if Instagram itself understands what it’s doing.
“Instagram has become overcrowded with so many different types of content happening at the same time,” Bruening said. “Everyone has been feeling the same thing at the same time, but a lot of people have been too afraid to say anything.”
Many changes to the app have been made, including but not limited to: eliminating chronological timelines, elevating photo posts, and downplaying algorithmic discovery. A Change.org petition initiated by Bruening aims to restore many of these features, including a chronological timeline, priority for photo postings, and removing the Reels video tool. By Wednesday morning, it had more than 190,000 supporters.
Instagram, which has more than 1 billion monthly active users as of 2021, is still vulnerable to competition from TikTok, which boasts about 400 million monthly active users. While Instagram continues to outpace TikTok in terms of total number of users, short-form video app use has exploded in recent years. In 2020, TikTok became the most-downloaded app in the world, and its young user base began spending more time on it than Instagram and Facebook. The earnings report from Instagram’s parent firm Meta is expected to be published on Wednesday, and it will show if TikTok has harmed its market share.
The Instagram controversy has spilled over into the physical realm. Last Saturday, several dozen content producers gathered outside the firm’s New York headquarters to protest its restrictive community standards and modifications that make locating new users difficult.
How to fix your ‘trash’ Instagram feed — at least temporarily
However, the organization is attempting to move closer to the entertainment world. According to a person familiar with the matter who spoke on the condition of anonymity, Instagram owner Meta is establishing an advisory board that will include top entertainment executives, managers, and publicists. The plan has been in the works for over a year, but outreach to possible board members began this week. The board will not focus on specific product improvements, but rather on how Meta may collaborate with the entertainment industry more closely. Others, on the other hand, believe Instagram’s intentions may yet be validated because only the platform has the data to see what is and isn’t working.
The fact that Instagram is putting out so much effort to challenge its basic purpose of connecting with friends and relatives, according to some pundits, speaks to how radically social media has evolved. “Making that content harder to access shows the competitive landscape they’re in right now,” said Matt Perault, director of the Center on Technology Policy at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. “It might be totally necessary that they pivot, but that doesn’t mean that they’ll succeed in this new world.”
Instagram will have to pay attention to the proper people and navigate the fallout from either side if it wants to weather the storm. “There’s a war between people who want Instagram to be more like Snapchat and people who want it to be more TikTok,” Woodbury said. “Right now the former group is larger and louder.”
Inside Khloé Kardashian’s Huge Baby News With Tristan Thompson
Sources tell TMZ that Khloé Kardashian is expecting a baby via surrogate with her ex-boyfriend Tristan Thompson. According to a spokesperson for Kardashian, the news is true. Us Weekly reported that the confirmation read: “Khloé is incredibly grateful to the extraordinary surrogate for such a beautiful blessing. We’d like to ask for kindness and privacy so that Khloé can focus on her family.” The baby was conceived in November, implying the surrogate should deliver any time between August and September.
Kardashian and Thompson already have a daughter named True, but the good news is somewhat tempered by the fact that the pair are no longer together. More so, Thompson stated that he had cheated on Kardashian with fitness trainer Maralee Nichols during the pregnancy – and that he fathered a kid with her (via The U.S. Sun). “Khloé, you don’t deserve this,” he wrote in an Instagram post. “You don’t deserve the heartache and humiliation I have caused you.”
Unfortunately, Thompson’s vow of fidelity proved to be as insincere as his relationship with Kardashian. Just months later, the couple called it quits after a model accused him of getting too cozy with her, according to Page Six. He was also photographed attending a soiree at which he entered a notorious “hookup room” with three other females. Many people thought the two had split up following these things, but the latest statement has them wondering where they stand now.
Are two-time parents Khloé and Tristan back together?
In the case of Khloé Kardashian’s pregnancy, history is repeating itself. In early 2022, when she was recording “The Kardashians,” Khloé experienced one of the most difficult periods in her life, discovering Tristan Thompson’s latest indiscretion. After years of marriage, it was revealed that four years ago, he had been cheating on her while she was pregnant with their daughter True, who is now three (via Insider). Not to mention, with her younger sister Kylie’s best friend, Jordan.
Although she is concentrating on having a second kid, Kardashian is focusing on becoming a mother for the second time. According to ET Online, a source said, “The two have long said they wanted True to have a sibling, and Khloé even told her family she’d do it without Tristan if she needed to.” Her doctor, according to Us Weekly, informed her that if she tried to conceive naturally again, she was at high danger of having a miscarriage. Which is why Kardashian and Thompson decided to move forward with a surrogate. Page Six has also reported that the pair will be welcoming a baby boy, as “Khloé has always wanted a little brother for True.”
Fans want to know if this means Kardashian and Thompson are back together. No, according on the ET source: “The two aren’t together and Khloé will have the baby full time, but Khloé wants Tristan in both the kids’ lives as much as he wants to be.” The two had already been cordial for the family’s sake. The pair not only watched True’s dance recital together on Father’s Day 2022, but they also had lunch with the rest of the extended Kardashian family afterwards, as reported by TMZ.