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The Fancy Navajo: Diné Influencer Shares Culture Through Food, Fashion

By Lauren Gilger
Published: Friday, May 7, 2021 - 1:02pm

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Jennifer Hubbell
Alana Yazzie, known on social media as The Fancy Navajo, is a food and lifestyle blogger from Phoenix.

Social media influencers on TikTok, YouTube and Instagram have become their own industry these days.

They brand themselves to sell ads on their profile pages, create their own line of products or — if they’re really successful — they become the spokespeople for brands they love.

It’s a new and growing industry, and has become a way of life for the people who choose it.

One local influencer is doing things a little differently.

Alana Yazzie studied marketing at Marquette University after growing up near the Navajo reservation in New Mexico. After a stint in HR, she quit and decided to strike out on her own as The Fancy Navajo. That’s her Instagram handle, and it has led her to a career of baking and blogging.

The Show spoke with her for more about her career change.

alana yazzie
Jennifer Hubbell
Alana Yazzie runs a food and lifestyle blog called "The Fancy Navajo."

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