Pil­bara role model blooms

The 2017 Pil­bara Girl win­ner Shi­anne Bin Sali, 16, after the pro­gram’s fi­nale in Broome last week.

North West Telegraph - - Front Page - Jakeb Wad­dell

The search for a young indige­nous leader brought five of the re­gion’s beau­ties to Broome for a stun­ning show­case event last Friday night, with a Kar­ratha 16-yearold tak­ing the pres­ti­gious ti­tle of Pil­bara Girl.

Shi­anne Bin Sali was crowned the win­ner after a week of in­tense self-de­vel­op­ment work­shops cul­mi­nated in a fash­ion cat­walk at Goolarri Me­dia.

Ms Bin Sali said she hoped her win was an in­spi­ra­tion for other indige­nous girls in her com­mu­nity.

“It feels so amaz­ing to be an­nounced as the win­ner,” she said. “I’ve made a lot of friends and it’s re­ally boosted my con­fi­dence.

“I’m walk­ing out of the pro­gram a dif­fer­ent girl to what I went in.

“I want to say well done to all the other girls. They were all so beau­ti­ful and we’re all role mod­els now.”

Pro­gram founder and Goolarri chief op­er­a­tions of­fi­cer Kira Fong said Ms Bin Sali had all the qual­i­ties the pro­gram looked for in a win­ner.

“Shi­anne re­ally shined through­out Pil­bara Girl,” she said.

“She was a stand-out in the work­shops, pro­fes­sional de­vel­op­ment and the cat­walk.

“The sup­port she gave other par­tic­i­pants and her at­ti­tude through­out was out­stand­ing and is ex­actly what we look for from our young lead­ers.”

Cheyenne Phillips, 17, fin­ished in sec­ond place with 17year-old Ayla Far­rell com­ing in third.

Ms Fong thanked ev­ery­one in­volved for the suc­cess of Friday night’s event, but said the real suc­cess started the minute the girls be­gan their de­vel­op­ment in the work­shops.

Pic­ture: Jakeb Wad­dell

Pic­tures: Jakeb Wad­dell

The 2017 Pil­bara Girl win­ner, Shi­anne Bin Sali.

The Kim­ber­ley and Pil­bara Girl fi­nal­ists grace the stage.

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