'I feel safe in front of the camera,' says Rae, who hails from Tuba City.

Model Owee Rae: Being Herself and Changing Perceptions

Jorge Martin Melchor

Native American model Owee Rae knew she wanted to be a model, even though the career choice challenges many of her Navajo beliefs, including that women should not show parts of their body publicly. Capitalizing on the recent popularity of Native American-influenced fashion, she and other Native American designers are trying to get a foothold in the fashion industry. They’ve been working closely with Arizona State University's AIGSA Fashion Showcase, which will take place on April 17 in Tempe. Rae says the event is a great way to make contacts and get exposure.

Here's a short video of an Owee Rae photo shoot by J Jones Photography:

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