Skylar Evans: Many Nations, One Beauty
Skylar, how did you get involved with modeling? Where are you based now?
I was approached by a scout when I was about 4 years old. I had no interest in it at that age and my mom thankfully did not want to pressure me and wanted me to enjoy being a kid. Fast forward to a few years ago, I met a photographer that I did a couple editorial concepts with and it has taken off from there. Right now, I am in Virginia but I am always traveling.
What was your first job as a model? How did it feel?
My first big job as a model was walking the runway at the Centennial Santa Fe, Indian Market SWAIA fashion show 2022. It was one of the best experiences I have ever had. Being Indigenous, it was really important to promote my culture and be apart of such as an inclusive community.
Besides modeling, what else are you passionate about? What are your hobbies?
I am currently pursuing a BS/MS in Dietetics and Animal Science so healthcare for both animals and humans is really important to me. When I am not traveling or writing research papers, I am in my garden harvesting vegetables, in my kitchen creating new recipes, painting in my studio or outside with my animals.
Who is someone you feel has really influenced you? Why?
I am very lucky because I was raised by two amazing parents. My dad was a cardiovascular specialist and his hard work inspired me to make a footprint in the healthcare industry. My mom is the strongest, most generous person and her big heart and wisdom have guided me and made me into the person I am today.
What keeps you excited about life in general?
Connecting with people in my community I have learned can open up so many doors and I love learning about people and new things and inspiring those around me with my ambition. It keeps life interesting and exciting and you never who you will meet.
6. What is your advice for people to be happier, healthier and more full of love?
Stereotypes and society standards are insignificant. Focus on you and what you want to achieve and what makes you feel alive. Life is like runway and you choose how you will walk it.
What is the most courageous thing you have ever done?
I was at the grocery store and there was an older lady who was having trouble finding a particular type of gravy. She asked a guy who was standing in the same aisle next to her and he just ignored her and walked away. I approached her and asked if she needed help. She told me what kind of gravy she was looking for and I helped her find one. She then asked me if I knew where other various items were throughout the store. I helped her find all of her items and she was so grateful she bought be a bouquet of flowers. It made me feel really good to help someone in need.
Is there an artist you are fascinated about or you would like to work with in the future?
I would love to work with Jamie Okuma, an Indigenous Fashion Designer who puts a stunning glamourous, modern twist on Native fashion.
What kind of life would you like to have?
I would love to be able to live life financially free and own land and build a farm. I would love to travel, and meet new people but at the end of it all, come home to my land and animals.
If you could change something on the planet, what would it be?
I would change the way woman are viewed. I’d like to think that we are going in a positive direction when it comes to women’s rights and equality but I still think there are gaps in the way women are viewed, treated and what standards we have to meet. I would change the unrealistic and abusive standards that are placed on women and girls.
What are your goals for the near future and do you have any exciting project you want to share with us?
Aside from school, I am working on creating my own cookbook series that tailors to people with pathologic disease such as diabetes, hypertension or mental illness.
Model: Skylar Evans @skylaralexandrae
Photographer: Jerry Mundy @jerrymundy