Rug weaver, model, skateboarder
Hometown: Rock Point, Ariz.
Diné textile artist Naiomi Glasses might not have invented #TurquoiseTuesday, but she and her personal collection have taken the hashtag to the next level. Glasses, who weaves her designs at home on the Navajo Nation, has not only given the blue-green stone more Gen Z street cred on platforms like TikTok and Instagram, she’s also given more visibility to her Navajo tribe and culture. In fact, the 24-year-old went viral on TikTok in 2020 when she showed off her amazing skateboarding skills on the red sandstone of her Navajo reservation while also wearing a traditional Diné skirt and, yes, turquoise. A skateboarder since the age of 5, Glasses adopted the pastime as a way to deal with bullying because of her bilateral cleft lip and palate. She has since been an advocate for skateparks on Indigenous land and partnered with Sackcloth & Ashes to create a blanket collection that helps support Chizh For Cheii (Wood For Grandpa), an organization that helps elders on the Navajo Nation.
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