While there are many famous models of color, models of American Indian descent are few and far between. Fortunately, there is Jackie Old Coyote.
A Crow/Winnebago Indian from Montana and an engineering prodigy, Jackie Old Coyote was discovered by photographer Bruce Weber and was persuaded to go to Miami, where she took part in a shoot for Calvin Klein. Two of her photos were included in a five-picture ad spread. The pose she struck was striking enough to catch the attention of movie director Frank Rodham (after seeing the Calvin Klein ad) tracked Jackie down and flew her to Los Angeles to audition for a role in the movie War Party. She passed. :-)
She went on to be a top model for photo shoots and runways of Paris and Milan fashion shows. She continued to pursuing acting as well, earning roles in Geronimo: An American Legend and The Last Samurai.
She is a graduate of Montana State University.