Niya DeGroat is a fashion & culture writer and multi-hyphenate creative based in Flagstaff, Arizona; and is originally from Mariano Lake, New Mexico – a checkerboard reservation community on the Diné Nation.
In May of 2020, Niya obtained a master’s degree in fashion journalism from the Academy of Art University with a focus on contemporary Indigenous fashion. Their work has been published in Indian Country Today, The American Indian Graduate, Cultural Survival, Academy Art U News, Fashion School Daily and Native Max Magazine.
Since 2015, Niya has served on the executive team of Phoenix Fashion Week as Director of Branding and Media where he is responsible for overseeing the visual and written content of the PHXFW brand, as well as co-produce the behind-the-scenes and front of house operations. Niya has helped indigenize the PHXFW runway by recruiting a number of Indigenous fashion brands including Designers of the Year ACONAV and Red Berry Woman.
Niya specializes in fashion-focused content including writing, social media, graphic design, branding, creative direction, styling, photography, digital marketing and event planning & management.
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