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.
Beautiful women of Native American descent
Beautiful Native American Women Comments
phillyfreeze on June 24, 2016:
Hi Sabre, I enjoy revisiting your Hubpage "Beautiful Native American Women." Very rich and evergreen content to say the least. Laila's mom was born in 1955 in Louisiana and is of Creole descent which does make her part Native American.
Bill on January 12, 2015:
Without a doubt, the most beautiful woman I ever saw/met was a Cherokee woman, at Myrtle Beach, SC, 23 years old, with a body that would knock your eyes out. She was also the most pleasant cheerful beauty and best dancer I have ever seen. Could have married or done whatever this lady requested for eternity. That was over 50 years ago and I still often remember and think about her.
Nathan Bernardo from California, United States of America on October 14, 2013:
Definitely some of the most gorgeous women around. I've always thought Cher was a knock-out. I know a Native-American woman that I consider possibly the most attractive woman I've ever met. Good stuff, one of my favorite subjects.
Medicinecloud (David) on December 05, 2012:
aquiline..Roman nose etc etc r all compliments 2 this guy..no ethnocentricity in this guy but proud of my Native American heritage..hav gone 2 the States evry summer n sumtimes 2X/summer..Border security always stare hmmm n evn ask "r u full blood'..'which tribe ur frm' (Im Cree) etc etc..very flattering..but dnt want 2 take it that far..I am who Iam..think most of us hav the 'chiselled' sculpted look/features...n curvy (like a bow) lips..n what amazes me is that they use 'us' (copyright infringemt jks...dnt take it serious now..just joking around) on sports teams...Redskins..Braves..Warriors..Chiefs..it does bother sum of my Brs n Sis but hey not this guy..n yes I have 2 agree the 'title' of this topic etc should b "I Bet You Don't Know That A Lot Of Beautiful Female Celebrities Have Native American Blood In Them"..
Nish on June 08, 2012:
This is to CatBar Uk. Her comment "I've always loved Native Americans: their lovely thick black hair, their amazing cheekbones, and their almond eyes and aquiline features"
First of all, why do all the people commenting on Native peoples physical traits have to immediately provide us with a detailed description of their preconceived notion on our appearance: "high cheekbones, almond shaped eyes, and tan!"... seriously? Newsflash: people from all over the globe, including EUROPE, can have those characteristics.
Second, we don't have aquiline noses. That is more of a middle eastern or European trait. Although, all ethnic groups can have people with a aquiline nose. But it is not our common trait. We have small noses. You people have no idea what Natives look like. You can see what real Natives look like here in my album of my family and friends.
Matt Carpenter on April 08, 2012:
I absolutely adore Mickie James!
PhoenixV from USA on February 02, 2012:
I didn't know Carrie Underwood was Native American. I have never seen that picture of Cher before, she is still beautiful. Great hub!
MsCherokee on January 08, 2012:
Back in the ancient days the Native Indians were indeed dark skin, these days they are mix mostly with white and that is why their skin are lighter now but there still dark skins out there. America don't want to mention that the slaves lived and mix marriage with the Indians back in these days, most people don't know their history and Blacks are the superior race because they can be any race even white.
sabrebIade (author) from Pennsylvania on November 17, 2011:
"Beautiful Native American women have played a big part in our entertainment culture even though you may not have realized it."
I suppose to count, you have to be full blooded.
And here I thought that "pure race" thing went out with goose stepping and jack boots in 1945.
Kat on November 17, 2011:
WOW! Im part Cherokee on my mothers side too!!!! Come on dude, show some REAL Native American's NOT someone who has a great great great great great grandpa that was 1/2 cherokee.
ali on October 31, 2011:
micki james is loking prety
sabrebIade (author) from Pennsylvania on October 24, 2011:
PS: Oddly enough though, Wikipedia still says...."Tina Turner (Navajo/Cherokee)" and the HUD.gov page lists her in their list for "Celebrities of Native American Heritage" as a Part of American Indian Heritage Month.
sabrebIade (author) from Pennsylvania on October 24, 2011:
Yeah...I mentioned Tina on my second Hub about this.
jane key on October 24, 2011:
Tina Turner is NOT part Native American. Henry Louis Gates Jr. proved it.
harry on October 09, 2011:
Serene hedin used to be very beautiful
bella mefunny on September 24, 2011:
James on July 16, 2011:
I know that Angelah Johnson (former Oakland Raider Cheerleader, now actress/comedian) is Native American & Mexican. Which is a pretty common mix. Plus a lot of Mexicans & Central Americans etc, are a mix of Amerindian and European ancestry. Which is why many of them have brown skin and dark hair. There's a facebook page, called Women of the Navajo, that features Native beauties.
Roberto on May 22, 2011:
This girl are wow, wow wow wow
idriskhan on March 31, 2011:
i like hunter tylo pitcher very very much
sabrebIade (author) from Pennsylvania on January 31, 2011:
I take it you have never read any of my Hubs.
April on January 30, 2011:
Ok so your trying to show some native women,come on now. Show some real natives please. I'm a native women, I was expecting more of the real deal....stands quiet and not noted over and over. Have you seen any native women.
dan on January 14, 2011:
Everybody and their dog can claim to be part cherokee, working with actual Native Americans I come across hundreds of people from the south and eastern united states that claim to be part cherokee (most of them white)
I'm willing to guess that very few if any of the above list can actually show a certificate showing their degree of their blood. Takes more than tan skin and black hair to convice me your native. FYI real Cherokee's are quite dark. I invite all of you to visit a reservation, talk about this with it's people and see just how loud the laughter gets.
Vanessa Simmons on January 05, 2011:
I really enjoyed seeing that there is beautiful women in the us that have some native american blood in them, but too sad they never grew up on the rez to see how REAL NATIVE WOMEN live life as a Native.
fullmoon on December 07, 2010:
Although these women are probably "proud" to say they are part Native, how many of them know anything about their culture or their elder's culture? Have they even been to the rez of the tribe or clan they claim they are from? Just curious.
sabrebIade (author) from Pennsylvania on October 02, 2010:
Looking back at some of the comments here, I guess I should have titled the Hub "Here Are Some Beautiful Female Entertainers That Have Native American Blood In Them".
But you know... that title is just so long.
I wanted to show entertainers that are popular in American culture that have NA blood in them.
A REAL NativeWmn on September 29, 2010:
Wow, maybe they aren't popular by your standards, but in the Native community there are tons of beautiful women. I am pretty ashamed and dismayed by the list of celebrities who have done nothing to honor the tiny bit of Native they might be. Only dragging out their "Indian-ness" for PC sake.
Disgusted by this thread. You don't honor REAL Native women by posting this, AT ALL
rezzie on August 22, 2010:
Where's Kateri Walker?
CatBar UK on August 17, 2010:
Fascinating and beautiful! I've always loved Native Americans: their lovely thick black hair, their amazing cheekbones, and their almond eyes and aquiline features - plus they usually have fantastic bods too! (S,cuse all the adjectives but couldn't help it!)
Ive thought of some more (yes, ALL beautiful): Shania Twain; Buffy St Marie; the 70s band Redbone; Julie Felix (part Welsh or Irish and Mexican mestizo); Tina Turner; and I believe the model Jerry Hall said she was part NA...
Hope you 'find' some more (males as well, please). Ei Robbie Robertson of The Band; Lou Diamond Phillips, to name two. There must be masses out there somewhere.
Irish Women on July 23, 2010:
I had no idea with Carrie Underwood. Very interesting.
e -special bloody on June 13, 2010:
There are no full-blooded NA in the modern world... only on paper. Many who claim they are full are not, they are are part hispanic, white, or black.
G kid on May 21, 2010:
I was expecting to see full blooded Native American chicks. I was disappointed reading that all of these women either are part Native American, or have Native American ancestry.
sabrebIade (author) from Pennsylvania on May 16, 2010:
Actually the title of this Hub should have been " I Bet You Don't Know That A Lot of Beautiful Female Celebrities Have Native American Blood In Them" but that title would have been too long.
What I wanted to show was that a lot of women that are considered beautiful and talented by our society are at least part NA.
It's hard to find full blooded NA's that are very popular in today's culture.
Although in my second Hub about this I do have one or two.
Monkey migraine on May 15, 2010:
Yeah...this is a nice list, but these are all women who are part Native American. Most are only a fraction. This isn't a very good representation of Native American beauty. If you had tried hard enough, you could have found some Native American women who are all native, not just partial, and also beautiful.
jite from delhi on May 15, 2010:
all are soooooo beautiful
sabrebIade (author) from Pennsylvania on May 14, 2010:
GarnetBird : I did and I think it deserves a link so here it is
Gloria Siess from Wrightwood, California on May 14, 2010:
Lovely Hub-Check out my hub on the Cherokee Rose and the Trail of Tears. I posted my Grandmother's photo and wrote about the family's denial of their Cherokee heritage, something I call the Indian in the Cupboard syndrome.
Sam on March 25, 2010:
So wheres all the Native American beauties? I only see beautiful woman that are part NA. Most likely many don't give two hoots about what's going on with the race and Indian Country
samironwebtrack on January 24, 2010:
Kenya Moore have massive boobs....exited hub
Bin Pakistan on December 19, 2009:
wow lovely ladies
dandruff from Bangalore, INDIA on December 16, 2009:
Michelle on December 10, 2009:
And this is just to name a few!
There is also Farrah Fawcett, Linda carter, Angelina Jollie, Bo Derek, Beyonce, Halle Berry, Tina Turner, Singer Fergie, and the list goes on...
princess g on December 06, 2009:
Cassandra Mantis from UK and Nerujenia on December 04, 2009:
Wow! Gorgeous ladies! You have so many hubs of great ladies, sabreblade! You could make a large encyclopedia of all these chicks! Thanks for making my day- again! ; )
sabrebIade (author) from Pennsylvania on October 26, 2009:
Ummm...what do you mean Mike?
Mike the salesman from birmingham alabama/sherwood oregon on October 26, 2009:
where is Rita coolidge?