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Melaina Shirley - Navajo

Were you wondering who Native Model Studio's cover model was? Meet Melaina Shirley who is Navajo from Sanostee, NM. We had an opportunity to catch up to Melaina to ask her to tell us about herself and her modeling experience. Melaina was inspired by local models because they seemed so confident and graceful during fashion shows, especially in photography. "They have a sense of beauty that is not seen often" says Shirley. At 21 years old, this confident beauty was once very shy. She wanted to gain the confidence she seen other native models she looked up to. Confidence and courage is what she seen in the  modeling world which inspired her, she also didn’t feel there was much Indigenous representation in these mediums. 


Q: When did your first model experience? 


Melaina: I first began modeling at the age 19, with the local calendar Women of the Navajo (WOTN).  


Q: What is your greatest strength when it comes to modeling? 


Melaina: My height was my biggest aspect as a model. But also I think having a good attitude is another important aspect I posses. I am always open to new ideas and projects. Which I think is very important because it shows potential clients/jobs that you are flexible and easy to work with. Having a positive mindset also helps photo shoots go smoothly and the photos come out great. 


Q: What are your aspirations?


Melaina: My aspirations are to participate in as much modeling opportunities as I can. Although I have been modeling for three years, with each photo shoot and runway event, I learn something new and reflect to better myself. My bigger goals are to sign on with an agency and be promoted in worldwide magazines and runway shows. Another life goal is to go back to school and earn my BA degree. But overall, I just want to appreciate and enjoy the opportunity of everyday. Whether it be a day of modeling or not. Just to enjoy life. 


Q: What positive message do you have for youth? 


Melaina: The positive message I would liek to say to the youth is to take chances and live. It is better to live a life of what I did rather that wish I did that. It is also a good idea to keep in mind that the right opportunities will come at the right time. And to never be ashamed of who you are and where you come from because there is only one you and there is no one like you. To love yourself unconditionally even through your own thoughts or when others may put you down. 


Thank you Melania for meeting with us quiclkly. We are excited to see you in upcoming shows and opportunities. Follow Melaina on Instagram: melaina.shirley


Photo: Larry Price Photography

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The Pink Party

8:00 pm - 2:00 am

Albuquerque, New Mexico

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The Pink Party

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Albuquerque, New Mexico

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Winnipeg, Manitoba

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The Pink Party

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9:00 pm - 2:00 am

Winnipeg, Manitoba

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