ABOUT SCOTT WABANO (He/They)

2Spirit Eeyou, SCOTT WABANO grew up spending their adolescence amongst the isolated Indigenous communities along the coast of James Bay. Scott struggled with their identity growing up and often found comfort and escapism from his difficult life in fashion and pop culture magazines. Often reflecting on why he did not see any Indigenous representation, this resulted in a passion for Scott to change that. After high school, Scott made the difficult decision to leave their home community to pursue their goals within fashion and create safe spaces for 2Spirit/IndigiQueer Youth in urban settings.

Scott pursued a post-secondary education in Fashion Arts and Business which led him to work with fashion brands VITALY DESIGN, MANITOBAH MUKLUKS and LESLEY HAMPTON. Through this, SCOTT expanded their fashion career working as a Freelance Fashion Stylist, styling various photoshoots with the LESLEY HAMPTON brand and leading the styling team for the INDIGENOUS FASHION WEEK TORONTO 2020 Campaign and the NATIONAL INDIGENOUS HISTORY MONTH 2021 Campaign by SEPHORA CANADA.

Scott now works as Freelance Fashion Stylist and Designer for their brand WABANO, Social Media Content Creator and also serves as a National Ambassador of Hope for the WE MATTER CAMPAIGN, an Indigenous-youth led organization focused on hope and life promotion.

PRESS & PUBLICATIONS

Vogue | FASHION Canada | COMPLEX Canada | CTV's The Social | CBC | Huffington Post Canada | APTN | BIPAN Magazine | Native Max Magazine | The Marilyn Denis Show | Globe and Mail | The KIT | ETalk | PinkNews


"My preference is to Indigenize rather than decolonize. Flood the fashion world with Indigenous designers and models. Expose the imposters and highlight Native designers on the international fashion platform. I want to see Native models wearing Indigenous-made designs while gracing the covers of fashion magazines and strutting New York fashion week runways, squeezing out the appropriators."

- Amber-Dawn Bear Robe