Making a skirt brings out the princess in every girl


Navajo Times | Ravonelle Yazzie
Eighteen-month-old Marleigh St. Clair models her newly sewn skirt at the end of a skirt-making workshop on Aug. 25.

Goldie Tom knows all things makeup, hair and fashion. Tom is a makeup artist and hairstylist whose work has seen the runways of New York Fashion Week and Miami Fashion Week.

But it doesn’t stop there – she’s also worked on numerous film and TV show sets. On other occasions her work graces the faces of little kids at birthday parties who just want their faces painted. It was one such event that sparked an idea.

“I went to this party and it was a princess party,” she said. “They were all dressed up like Disney princesses — like Jasmine, Cinderella, Snow White, Belle. Then I thought, Well, why isn’t anyone dressed up as Miss Navajo? She’s a queen.”

This is why Tom decided to create her first-ever traditional skirt-making workshop for young girls.

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Pauly Denetclaw

Pauly Denetclaw is Meadow People born for Towering House People. She was raised in Manuelito and Naschitti, New Mexico. She was the co-recipient of the Native American Journalist Association's 2016 Richard LaCourse Award for Investigative Reporting. Denetclaw is currently finishing her degree in multimedia journalism from the University of New Mexico - Main. Denetclaw covers a range of topics including genetic research, education, health, social justice issues and small businesses. She loves coffee, writing and being with her family. Follow her on Twitter and Instagram. Her handle is @pdineclah