On her official Facebook, London further explained her choice of garb, posting: “I am Tlingit, and I am a proud Alaska Native/Native American woman.
I wanted to use the moments I had on the Miss USA stage to show the world that I embrace and am proud of my culture and heritage. My hope with that is to inspire others to embrace their unique heritage and identity and also be open to learning about the beauty and richness of other cultures as well.”
Amen to that! London furthered, “The robe that I came out in was designed to emulate a Tlingit robe, which is the traditional regalia (ceremonial clothing) of my tribe.
I am proud to have shown my clan’s killerwhale crest on the front of my robe. They were designed by renowned Tlingit artist Preston Singletary.”
London also explained, “By wearing a gown with this design work, I felt I had the strength of my ancestors and my whole community behind me on stage. Also, in doing so, I am blending tradition with modernity, showcasing the vitality of our indigenous cultures today.
Thank you Joey Galon, Atelier for honoring my culture and vision for my gown. I am the cultural ambassador for my tribe appointed by Sealaska Heritage and this is what I envisioned to show the beauty and vitality of our art and culture.
I am very proud of making this statement through this gown, it will always be a treasured moment and memory.”