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She went to Belarus, she saw, and she conquered. And she won. The model/actress/advocate who can be seen on the APTN series Blackstone was quick to hail her good fortune as a victory for Turtle Island's Indigenous people.

"Representing First Nations on the international stage was the best feeling in the world," she wrote on Facebook. "I'm so proud to be MRS Universe 2015."

Callingbull said winning the Mrs. Universe crown is a blow against the stereotypes surrounding First Nations people.

When competing in previous pageants, she said, she was judged for coming from the Enoch reserve, west of Edmonton, and told that she wasn't expected to place well in the competitions. That made her only more determined to showcase her culture.

During the competition, she wore a jingle dress, often worn during pow-wow dances. For the talent competition, Callingbull chose to sing a traditional song while wearing a white buckskin dress.

"Everything basically stated, 'This woman is First Nations native, and she's proud of it,'" she said.





















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Responses to "20 Photos of Mrs. Universe 2015, Ashley Callingbull, in traditional dress for Native Pride."

  1. Bobbi Maqsquelier says:

    She is so beautiful. The photos are spectacular. So glad she wore her traditional clothing and danced in her traditional way.

  2. beautiful , proud and smart

  3. wow gorgeous and amazing. wow. how wonderful. she is so beautiful and talented, she had to win. courageous too.

  4. Anonymous says:

    Fabulous. Awesomely awesome in your awesomeness...;) Keep going! :)

  5. Fantastic-the whole package and a huge ambassador for change. Talk about "shining your light"! The photos are terrific, but honestly the beauty if from within as much as anything.

  6. Anonymous says:

    Very awesome and interesting. But the whole one eye thing has got to stop.

  7. CHRISTINE MILLMAN says:

    Absolutely stunning and I look forward to seeing this beautiful woman a LOT in the near future...Very proud of her. Very smart, insightful, mindful, and everything that is good about a person. Long may she reign in this light that shines on her. Our gift ... precious and just PERFECT!!!

  8. Loves Native American Geometrical Designs and shall wear Jacket today from twigged memory !

  9. talkman says:

    Unfathomly beautiful

  10. I look forward to following this young woman's representation of her culture.

  11. granddad says:

    she is hot as hell good for her for winning and standing up for her beliefs ever woman she be proud of her

  12. Beautiful woman, no matter Miss Universe or Miss Whatever, is nice to see differente kinds of beauty and not just the typical stereotype...

  13. Unknown says:

    If your people hadn't been conquered and this whole continent not been civilized by evolving democracies, a beauty like you would have been selected for sacrifice to the gods.Congratulations .

  14. Lynn Bladek says:

    Thank you for your steadfast loyalty to your culture and for representing in such an amazing way. Thank you too for your healing work; it is so very important for all women to see that healing is not only possible, but that it is incredibly beautiful! You've done such a nice job! Stronger than ever!

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