She’s then identified as an “anything-but-cookie-cutter Native American.”
Native American, for realz? “My family is from the Pamunkey Indian Tribe along the Pamunkey river in eastern Virginia,” she tells Indian Country Today Media Network. As for the body art that earned her the cover shoot for the magazine (by renowned lensman Warwick Saint), she does have a couple of nods to her heritage. “I’ve got an Indian woman on my leg,” she says, “wearing what is traditionally a man’s chief headdress, for reasons personal to me. I’ve also got a series of feathers along my body.”
Color me a little skeptical about her claim. Googling "Alesandra Nicole" produces 15,700 hits. Adding "Pamunkey" reduces it to four hits--all references to this article. Apparently she's never mentioned her Native heritage until now.
I'd guess she's in the same category as Miley Cyrus, Jessica Simpson, or Khloe Kardashian. She has a small amount of Indian "blood" but likes to think of herself as Native. Especially when it helps her market herself as exotic, authentic, or natural.
At least she recognizes that headdresses are traditionally worn by Native men. But she has a tattoo of a woman in a headdress anyway. Sigh.
For more on identity questions, see Gavin MacLeod, Chippewa? and Churchill and Clinton Are Cherokee?