You can’t be Native; you’re too pretty’: Indigenous women speak out against pressure to fit beauty standards – CBC

Some women say full face of makeup, being ‘dressed up’ can make big difference for how they’re treated

Jan 18, 2019

Jaqueline Anaquod’s mornings during university involved significant time choosing her outfit, putting on makeup and doing her hair. She wanted to look impeccable.

The Indigenous woman also recalls sitting next to a Caucasian student one day in class who looked like “she just rolled out of bed.”

“She has that privilege of walking into class, where she’s not going to be immediately looked at and judged,” said Anaquod, a nêhiyaw iskwew Indigenous health researcher in Regina. “I don’t have the luxury of rolling out of bed and just throwing my hair up and running to class. I didn’t have that luxury because there’s that standard.”

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