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Today’s Top Indigenous Model: Kendra Jessie

Kendra Jessie Rosychuk, who goes by Kendra Jessie on social media, is a 27-year-old Cree Ukrainian woman. She was born in High Prairie, Alberta, and moved frequently throughout northern Alberta because her father was a police officer. She previously lived in Edmonton and Ontario before eventually settling in Calgary, where she currently resides.

Kendra’s family band is Sucker Creek First Nation, Alberta. By honouring both sides of her cultural identity, she is able to live her life authentically. She proves that being mixed should not stop Indigenous people from reconnecting with their culture and language. Through her actions, she is inspiring many, all while making history.

Kendra completed her Bachelor of Sport Management Honours at Brock University, Ontario. Due to her educational background, she values the power of movement and exercise and enjoys hobbies like working out, hockey, and yoga. She hopes to one day start a non-profit organization where she can offer wellness and exercise programs directly to Indigenous communities. Another business dream is to start a food truck with her partner, James Jones (@notoriouscree), another well-known Indigenous influencer on Instagram and TikTok. James and Kendra model the importance of having a wholesome and loving relationship and their connection acts as an inspiration to many.

Kendra is a well-known influencer on both Instagram with 77k followers and TikTok with 88.9k followers. Kendra’s following is fast-growing, as she currently posts content that includes dancing, exercise, cooking, comedy, and cultural education.

Kendra is rising quickly in her success and has been featured in many articles and campaigns. Some of her most notable are Nike “Play New”, Altheta “Hold the Space”, and Clearly “See the Potential” campaigns. In addition to her campaigns, Kendra also participated in the World Juniors—one of the biggest international hockey events—where she was broadcast live on television. Kendra remains humble and down-to-earth, both literally and figuratively, despite her many achievements and rise to success. She plans on remaining an active community member and setting a precedent that will inspire others to do the same.

Breanne Forest

A part-time writer for Rated Viral, Breanne currently attends university in Calgary and is planning to become a social worker. In her spare time, she participates in charity events and Indigenous activism.

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