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Kara Roselle Smith Talks Mood-Boosting Routine Swaps & Honoring Her Indigenous Roots

It was in the midst of 2020's painful summer that New York-based writer, model and activist Kara Roselle Smith saw an opportunity to create something uplifting. After her personal platform began gaining extra attention that July, Smith created a page dedicated to the Chappaquiddick Wampanoag tribe, her ancestors who once lived on the island now called Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts. On it she discusses topics like identity, equity and colorism. “The digital landscape has provided so much opportunity,” the Afro-Indigenous influencer says. “Great power lies in organizing physically and via the internet.” 


Although a helpful tool to educate about some of the the many Indigenous peoples of the Americas, Smith recognizes that running the platform hasn’t always been easy. “I'd say my greatest challenge thus far has been the questioning and invalidation of my identity,” she says. “As an Afro-Indigenous woman I've had to work twice as hard to be taken seriously, much less heard in my community and beyond. When it all isn't handed to you, you learn to take the initiative.”

The Chappaquiddick Wampanoag Instagram page is just one way she promotes the importance of passing down Indigenous wisdom and spreading historical accuracy. Whether modeling for headwrap line The Wrap Life or Black-owned fashion house Ama Nwoke, or bringing awareness to missing and murdered Indigenous women and movements like Land Back, the strength of her ancestors keeps her motivated. “Through this mindset, and with dedication to telling my truth, I have slowly found my footing,” Smith says. “The most beautiful part about being Afro-Indigenous is that I come from a line of some of the most resilient people. I can feel that in myself. I always have the strength to keep going. Some moments may be harder than others, but I get there.”


Through it all, Smith has learned the importance of taking breaks through practicing self-care. We caught up with the model to learn more about her routine, how she found confidence in her own unique beauty and how she’s making time for self-love amidst a busy schedule.  

“I’ve grown into standing in my truth and knowing who I am.”

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