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A Cree Woman From Alberta Just Won Mrs. Universe 2015

Ashley Burnham is from Enoch Cree Nation in Alberta.

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Ashley Burnham, a member of Enoch Cree Nation in Alberta, was just crowned Mrs. Universe 2015 at an event held in Minsk, Belarus. She is the first First Nations woman and the first Canadian to win.

Burnham, whose maiden name is Callingbull, is a model and actress.

She posted about the win on her Instagram account: "I'm so proud to say I am now the new @mrsuniverse2015 !!! I am the first First Nations woman to win this title! I am also the first Canadian Delegate to win as well!! Sooooooo happy right now!"

The Mrs. Universe pageant, for married women, is not to be confused with the Miss Universe Pageant. That pageant is held in January.

Her win has resulted in an outpouring of congratulations from First Nations people and organizations.

Congratulations to @AshCallingbull Mrs Universe 2015 very proud of her win as the 1st First Nations woman to hold the title #beautiful

@AshCallingbull Congratulations Miss Universe!!! Native Pride & PowerHouse of a Role Model!!!!

CONGRATS to Enoch Cree Nation's own @AshCallingbull on being crowned Mrs.Universe 2015!@APTNNews Incredible! #proud

CONGRATULATIONS to this Native Beauty, Ashley Callingbull #MissUniverse #Native #Cree #Canada #Lululululu 🙌👏👏👑

It's a good day to be cree #Indigenous #mrsuniverse2015 #cree #treaty6 @AshCallingbull

Some noted that Burnham often wears traditional First Nations clothing in photo shoots and at pageants.

The new @mrsuniverse2015 is Cree! @AshCallingbull Here she is rockin' mocs. #Reaproppriation WINS #NotYourMascot

Burnham made her culture a big part of her performance. For the talent portion of the competition, she wore a dress by a First Nations designer and performed a traditional dance.

She also wore traditional First Nations clothing for the national outfit parade. Burnham posted a pic of her wearing a "custom Canadian Jingle dress & beadwork that showcased my culture 😊 Made by my friend Dabney Warren."

She often posts selfies of her participating in pow wows.

The day before the final competition, Burnham posted a photo of her in a crown. "Whatever the outcome may be I know I've done my best and I will continue to do the charitable work I love to do," she said

She won the real crown the next day.

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