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Beautiful Native American Women
Beautiful women of Native American descent.
I have done articles here on the women of Bollywood, almost every country in Asia and some in the Middle East as well.
So let's go back home for this article, back to the USA.
And you can't get any more American than Native American.
Beautiful Native American women have played a big part in our entertainment culture even though you may not have even realized it.
Legendary American actress and singer Pearl Bailey was of Native American descent.
Entertainer and actress and the first African American female to star in a major motion picture, Josephine Baker, was part Apalachee.
Multiple Grammy Award winning American vocalist, Rita Coolidge is Cherokee. She even created a Native American music trio, Walela.
Jeanne Cooper who played Katherine Chancellor on The Young and the Restless...Cherokee.
Legendary actress and singer Lena Horne...part Cherokee.
Actress and singer Della Reese...half Cherokee.
So here are some more women of Native American descent you might know more about......
Of course Cher had the hit Half-Breed (it was her second number one hit as a solo artist) and if you were alive back then and had a pulse, you remember Cher sitting on the horse singing the song on The Sonny & Cher Comedy Hour back in 1973. You can still see the video on YouTube.
I had forgotten what a knock out she was back then.
Cher's father was Armenian and her mother was of Cherokee, English and French descent.
Country singer and songwriter, Carrie Underwood, is an enrolled tribal member of the Muscogee (Creek) Indian nation.
Singer-songwriter and pianist Tori Amos (who was born in my home state by the way) is part Cherokee.
Both of her grandparents had an Eastern Cherokee grandparent, and she has said that her grandfather (Calvin Clinton Copeland) was a great source of inspiration and guidance, giving her a more spiritual alternative to her parents teachings.
WWE Diva, former WWE Women's Champion, former Divas Champion and former TNA Knockout Mickie James is of Powhatan heritage.
Beautiful actress Charisma Carpenter (who you may know better as Cordelia Chase on Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel) is Cherokee, Irish, Scottish, Spanish, French and German.
One of my favorite B-Movie actresses of all time, Kari Wührer, is part Cherokee.
Okay, a lot of it has to do with her being Tanya in Command & Conquer: Red Alert 2, but my love for C&C is well recorded.
Yes Ashley Banks from The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air is Afro-Panamanian and Indo-Trinidadian.
Angie Harmon from Baywatch Nights (remember that?), Law & Order and Women's Murder Club is Greek, Irish and Cherokee.
I remember the first time I saw her, I thought she was literally one of the most beautiful women in the world.
Lovely model and actress, Karen McDougal, is of Cherokee Indian and Irish descent.
Like Angie Harmon, when I first saw Hunter Tylo I thought she was one of the most beautiful women in the world.
(But now the plastic surgery.....)
Hunter of course played Taylor Forrester on The Bold and the Beautiful.
Hunter is half Cherokee.
Deal or No Deal model (Seasons 2,3 and 4) Ursula Mayes is part Native American.
Movie and television actress, producer, model and author, (who was also the 1993 Miss Michigan USA, Miss USA 1993, and competed in Miss Universe 1993) Kenya Moore is Native American and African-American.
Eureka's Allison Blake, Salli Richardson, is part Cherokee.
Professional female boxer and the Daughter of "The Greatest", Laila Ali is part Native American (on her mother's side I believe).
Model and actress Brenda Schad is Choctaw and Cherokee.
Brenda has appeared on the cover of Cosmopolitan UK, Vogue, ELLE and GQ UK magazines.
She's also made a few movies, Awake (2007), Head Over Heels (2001) and D.R.E.A.M. Team (1999 TV movie).
This beautiful woman also founded the Native American Children's Fund in Oklahoma.
Actress Tonantzin Carmelo is a California Mission Indian (Gabrielino-Tongva and Mexica)
Gabrielino-Tongva are the Native American people who lived in the Los Angeles County area before the arrival of Europeans and Mexica are the Aztecs.
She is a mentor for the Native Voices Youth Playwright Project and a member of the California Indian Storytellers Association.
So far she has appeared in fifteen TV shows and movies her debut being in the 2002 film King Rikki, which was an adaptation of William Shakespeare's Richard the Third set in in 21st Century Los Angeles.
Beautiful Native American Model Nikki Bishop is a member of the Shawnee Nation.
Beautiful Junal Gerlach is a Native American model, actress, and clothing designer.
She appeared in the 2010 film Questions for Crazy Horse.
Native American actress and model Brandon Merrill was born in Colorado and raised on a ranch in Wyoming.
After she was featured in a "W" magazine article about the Cheyenne Rodeo (part of the Cheyenne Frontier Days) this five foot ten beauty caught the eye of DNA Models and did some print work for "Vogue" and the Abercrombie & Fitch catalog.
Brandon also worked for Ralph Lauren, Calvin Klein, and the Limited before landing a role in the Owen Wilson, Jackie Chan movie Shanghai Noon (2000) where she played Jackie's Indian wife.
Beautiful Canadian film and television actress Roseanne Supernault is originally from East Prairie, Alberta and she is a Métis of Cree descent.
Actress, artist and musician Crystle Lightning was born on February 5th, 1981 in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.
Her mother is Canadian First Nations film director, screenwriter, and actress, Georgina Lightning.
Crystle Lightning is a pretty well known electro house DJ.
Sera-Lys McArthur is a Native actress from Saskatchewan, Canada.
She starting acting at the age of 12 in the CBC miniseries Revenge of the Land.
Sera went on to appear in The Englishman's Boy and many other TV shows and movies including CBC's Arctic Air.
In 2014 she was nominated for a Best Actress Award by the American Indian Film Institute for the feature, Skye & Chang.
Canadian actress Tanaya Beatty's mother is of First Nations descent and her father is of Himalayan descent.
And she was raised by an Italian family.
She was born on February 12th, 1991 in Vancouver, Canada and made her acting debut in 2011 in "The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1" as Rachel Black.
Tanaya is currently starring in the third season of the NBC series "The Night Shift" as Dr. Shannon Rivera.
Karen McDougal was born on March 23, 1971 in Merrillville, Indiana.
She is a model and actress of Cherokee, Scottish and Irish descent.
Karen was the 1997 Playmate of the Month for December, the 1998 Playmate of the Year of 1998 and was voted "The second sexiest Playmate of the 1990s".
After that she went into fitness modeling and became the first woman to appear on the cover of Men's Fitness magazine.
At 45 years old she is still doing modeling.
Vanessa Hudgens' father was of Irish and Native American descent, and her mother is of Filipino descent.
In June of 2016, Vanessa was accused of cultural appropriation for wearing a dream catcher in her hair in a photo shoot.
This isn't the first time she's angered the internet though.
She wore a full headdress at Coachella in 2014.
And though some flew into a rage, others defended her.
Hey....it's the internet.