The photos come from L.A.-based fashion photographer Anthony "Thosh" Collins

It's a project called "Reappropriation," which he describes as "a more accurate depiction of appropriation while paying tribute to previous generations who've passed down culture to our generation, all with a modern but vintage twist.

" Urban Native Girl Lisa Charleyboy describes it as Callingbull "[digging] in her closet to showcase her authentic Native fashion and present it in a good way honoring her family, her nation and all Native people across Turtle Island (North America)," which sounds about right.

Ashley's hair was done by her sister Mariah Callingbull, and the makeup artist for this shoot was Chevi Rabbit.

By the way, Ashley Callingbull is in the running for Miss Universe Canada -- you can vote for her in the People's Choice contest at


Ashley Callingbull is a 23 year old Cree First Nations woman from the Enoch Cree Nation in the province of Alberta. She is currently enrolled at the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology in the Television Program. She is very devoted to her culture and people, and takes pride in her Native Cree heritage, and has shown this through her volunteer work with community elders and aboriginal youth. By the time Ashley reached 10 years old; she had consecutively won all Enoch’s princess crowns. She is a professionally trained dancer in tap, ballet, jazz, pointe and performed in the Nutcracker.

Ashley’s interest in acting led her to starring in a commercial for The Hudson Bay, and has appeared in television mini-series, acted in countless stage performances and has lent her voice for cartoons. She appears in Blackstone, a television show that airs on APTN, Showcase and on Maori Television in New Zealand. Ashley is also featured in CBC's 8th Fire Series and the Catch The Dream Series. Her youth foreshadowed her young adulthood, as she continued with acting and dancing.

In June 2010, Ashley placed 2nd Runner up in the Miss Universe Canada 2010 Pageant. She is the first Cree First Nations Woman to achieve this goal. During her reign as a Miss Universe Canada 2010 finalist, she traveled to hospitals and schools wearing her MUC sash, speaking about her life and reaching out to others. The loss of some very close family members have led Ashley to also support the Stollery Children’s Hospital, Walk for the Cure, Run for the Lung and mentor underprivileged aboriginal youth. Ashley is also currently the Youth Representative for the Stollery Family Centered Care Network for the Stollery Children's Hospital Foundation.

Ashley was chosen as Miss Canada for the Miss Friendship International Pageant held in Hubei, China in September 2010 and represented Canada at the Queen of the World Final held in Germany 2010. She also represented Canada at Miss Humanity International in Barbados in October 2011. Ashley was also Top 10 at the Miss World Canada competition in 2012. Ashley will continue to represent Canada in International Pageant Competitions.

Ashley truly believes that education is the basis of all her success. At the age of 16, Ashley graduated from High School and is continuing with her University studies to pursue her Bachelor of Arts degree focusing on drama and acting/television. Ashley hopes to provide inspiration to other young aboriginals. '

Since Ashley’s achievement in the Miss Universe Canada 2010 Pageant; she continues to be a motivational speaker and role model for many educational institutions, workshops, conferences and award ceremonies throughout North America. Ashley got the chance to speak at Harvard University, Boston as the keynote speaker for an All Ivy Native Council and TED Talks. Because of Ashley's hard work and charity work she received the Role Model Award at the Dreamcatcher Gala in Calgary 2011. Ashley also received the Top 20 Under 30 Award in Canada in the fall of 2012.

Responses to " Ashley Callingbull and Thosh Collins Present 'Reappropriation' (Photos)"

  1. Anonymous says:

    just beautiful

  2. Beautiful girl, I love that she represents her culture and her people in a modest way. She shows that beauty and dressing modestly can go hand in hand.
    I wish Ashley luck in her future endeavors. G-d bless you Ashley!

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