Carmelita Llayla was a Mistralian artist and traveler, as well as someone who would eventually become an example of a Huntress. She taught herself to fight Grimm, and even unlocked her Aura and Semblance. She believed that one of the greatest tragedies wrought by the Grimm, on par with taking the lives of Humans and Faunus, was the loss of the unique cultures and arts that came with each individual village. She hoped that, through her efforts, these unique examples of culture, of both Human and Faunus-kind, could be protected, as well as collecting examples of their cultures so that she could appreciate them, eventually ending up with a great many sculptures, clothes and other works of art.
While she held a great loyalty to Mistral due to it being her birthplace, Carmelita could not ally with her homeland if she wished to keep to this ideal. Mistral was, alongside Mantle, planning to eradicate the arts and self-expression of all cultures on Remnant in an attempt to prevent Grimm attacks, and this ran directly contrary to what she believed in. She took the first boat to Vale, and when the fighting eventually started in earnest, she was quick to take the side of Vale, as well as Vacuo when they too joined the war. She survived a great many battles, throughout the entire decade of conflict.
When the Great War finally drew to a close, Carmelita took a great act upon herself: to restore the arts and culture of those who had lost it under the individualism-destroying campaign of Mantle and Mistral. She traveled across all the continents, as well as the areas that the two kingdoms had taken in the war, and did her best to bring back what she considered the true soul of Humans and Faunus, using both the knowledge of other cultures, as well as their gifts to her, as an example of the wonderful things that could be brought upon by a person's creativity and soul. Carmellita Llayla eventually became known as a great bringer of culture, art and individualism, as well as one of the first Huntresses, making her position as a protector of Human and Faunus-kind's culture, individuality and art formal.
While Carmelita brought back the cultures of places who had lost it, and helped nurture the growth of new ones in places that it couldn't be restored, it was inevitable that there would eventually be some who looked up to her a great deal due to her works. Her fairly unique way of dress at the time, especially for a Mistralian, created its own fashion centered around the aesthetics surrounding her, which persists to this day, much like how people use colours for their names, as a way to show their love for individuality. It generally consists of bold or natural colours, long skirts, and light, flowing materials, and more expensive wear usually involves elaborate artistry upon the clothing itself.