Baker Twins break stereotypes with womens calendar
June 23, 2008
Baker Twins break stereotypes with native American womens calendar
By Shadi Elien
Buying a new calendar for 2008 is still on my to-do list. With only 191
days left in the year, I figure its best to get a head start on 2009, so
the release of a 16-month BT Girls Native American Womens Calendar puts an
end to my woes.
Cocreators Shannon and Shauna Baker, better known as the The Baker Twins,
put it together as a way of celebrating the beauty and talent (hence BT
Girls) of First Nations women across Canada and Washington State.
The calendar is a personal reflection of the twins own history and
background as aboriginal women who have built successful modelling and
acting careers. According to a media release, the girls were quoted as
wanting to put an end to the westernized view of First Nations people.
Many people do not know that many First Nations people are successful
doctors, lawyers, teachers, actors, welders, nurses, singers, models, etc.
Shannon said. In the media, there is almost no portrayal of First Nations
people living in the present day. The world needs to stop stereotyping
First Nations people and start showing this through the media, and that is
what we are doing with this calendar.
Each month displays one of the 12 women, all from different tribes, in a
photo shoot with the Baker twins. A peek at the calendar reveals not only
some beautiful women but also a very creative way of using up all those
Straights lying around my house.
Wearing a strapless mini multi-layered dress made entirely of 21 different
Georgia Straight newspapers, model Nettie Longee is featured in the month
of May with a Baker Twins original design.
For more information about the Baker twins, as well as how to purchase the
calendar, visit the girls website.