New role models of our time, young talented Navajos rise
The new generation maybe considered to spoil or ‘technical savvy’, but members of Navajo Tribe beg to differ, as the new generation emerges, One Navajo girl reaches for the sky.
Tasheena Sonja Rose Preston is a member of the Navajo Nation. “I was born in Keams Canyon, Arizona on Hopi lands. I’m currently living on my Reservation, my clan is Kinłi’chiinii (Red House People clan) born for Tlizi łani (Many Goats People clan).” She said in a interview with the Navajo Post.
A Native American Public Relations firm, Global Diligence Technologies suggest it’s a good idea for people to go into modeling at an early age, that will begin the branding phase and more talent agencies will notice. They also say try to incorporate your culture and tradition as that brand, said the company in it’s blog.
As the Navajos reach the main stream media, small town community members like the publicity that it brings, because it brands the people with a unique perspective of pride, tradition, and a lot of culture.
The meaning of being Dine is deeper than we portray it and more than we can explain; said Tasheena, “It’s the beauty of our Culture, our language, our values & kinship. I come from a very traditional family. In fact, my first language was Navajo until I started school.”
Like many young talented Navajos, Tasheena was raised by a single parent, but that didn’t stop her from perusing her dreams. “I was raised by a single parent, I am a single parent myself, to a beautiful little girl Tamia who just turned 8 this past September & is my biggest inspiration. I’m well aware of the fact that I’m not in the best situation right now, but I’m making the best of my situation. I’m the type of person that will stand against the odds & pursue happiness, love, & success.” She said.
Tasheena said as a young Native American woman, modeling has always been her ambition, “since I was in junior high. I remember looking at a ‘Women of the Navajo’ calendar in my Navajo Studies class and telling myself ‘that’s what I would to do’.” She said, adding “I’ve always been photogenic, so this is more like a natural obsession.”
She said she started working with photographers around her area to get a professional portfolio going, “I put my name out there and it pretty much escalated from there.”
“If u asks me why I do this, it’s simply because I love to, the fact that I have ‘supermodel status’ dreams, nothing is going to stop me.” She said.
Tasheena doesn’t want her modeling career to end here, but she would like the opportunity of a life time. “Honestly, to work with a professional agency like Elite or Victoria’s Secret is what I would like to have accomplished with my modeling career. I think when a model has reached a certain level in their career, other doors open to them such as acting and endorsements I want that same advantage to show what else I can do. Not only that, but to inspire my people.” She said.
The Navajo Nation is considered the largest reservation in the U.S. sitting in northern Arizona, covering 27,000 square miles.