Poise, beauty grace cat­walk

Pilbara News - - Front Page - Louise Alling­ham

In the Pil­bara Girl Kar­ratha heat last Fri­day, 13 young in­dige­nous women strut­ted down the cat­walk. Jac­inta Cop­pin is one of six fi­nal­ists head­ing to Broome in Oc­to­ber to com­pete in the Pil­bara and Kim­ber­ley Girl pro­gram fi­nal.

Six young in­dige­nous women will head to Broome in Oc­to­ber to bat­tle it out to win the ti­tle of 2016 Pil­bara Girl af­ter the Kar­ratha heat last Fri­day night.

Thir­teen girls strut­ted down the cat­walk and Nikita Shaw, 17, Khey­lan Mitchell, 16, Treinaya Phillips, 19, She­quarne Parker, 17, Tanaya Stevens, 16, and Jac­inta Cop­pin, 17, made it through to the fi­nal round of the Pil­bara Girl pro­gram.

Pro­gram co-or­di­na­tor Ta­mara BinA­mat said Pil­bara Girl aimed to pro­vide young in­dige­nous women from the re­gion with valu­able educational op­por­tu­ni­ties to in­sti­gate pos­i­tive change in their per­sonal and pro­fes­sional ca­pac­ity.

Ms BinA­mat said the pro­gram also show­cased in­dige­nous cul­ture.

“The event re­ally pro­motes un­der­stand­ing and re­spect for the in­dige­nous cul­ture from the wider com­mu­nity by rep­re­sent­ing our young peo­ple in a pos­i­tive en­vi­ron­ment and aid­ing the over­all process of rec­on­cil­i­a­tion,” she said.

In the weeks lead­ing up to the heat, the girls par­tic­i­pated in a se­ries of self-de­vel­op­ment work­shops which fo­cused on self-es­teem build­ing, groom­ing and hy­giene, health and com­mu­ni­ca­tion and pub­lic speak­ing.

Ms BinA­mat said it was fan­tas­tic to see the girls take to the stage so con­fi­dently.

“To re­ally ap­ply ev­ery­thing that they’ve learnt about con­fi­dence in the work­shops and come out and show their com­mu­nity that they’ve learnt how to be lead­ers and role mod­els is a re­ally won­der­ful ac­com­plish­ment,” she said.

Ms BinA­mat said she was glad to see such a great turnout from the com­mu­nity.

“We even had a lot of chil­dren there, which was great to see — hope­fully they’re the next gen­er­a­tion of Pil­bara Girls in our com­mu­nity,” she said. “I’m re­ally glad that the com­mu­nity came and con­grat­u­lated them and sup­ported them.”

On the night, the con­tes­tants shared their in­ter­ests, as­pi­ra­tions and what they would do if they won the com­pe­ti­tion.

Ms Cop­pin, from Roe­bourne, said if she won she would en­cour­age other in­dige­nous girls to join the pro­gram.

“I be­lieve a lot of young girls could ben­e­fit from the pro­gram as it helps you gain con­fi­dence and boost your self-es­teem,” she said.

“You don’t have to be per­fect to walk down the cat­walk — every­one is beau­ti­ful in their own way.”

Ms Phillips, also from Roe­bourne, said she as­pired to go into a ca­reer in mod­el­ling to rep­re­sent her her­itage and cul­ture.

The girls take part in more work­shops just be­fore the fi­nal on Oc­to­ber 7, which co­in­cides with the Kim­ber­ley Girl fi­nal.

Pic­ture: Louise Alling­ham

She­quarne Parker, 17, is from the re­mote com­mu­nity of Youn­galeena.

Jac­inta Cop­pin, 17, Nikita Shaw, 17, and Khey­lan Mitchell, 16, front the fi­nal walk of the Pil­bara Girl Kar­ratha heat.

Khey­lan Mitchell, 16, made it to the Pil­bara Girl fi­nal.

Pic­tures: Louise Alling­ham

Judges Brad Sy­mons, Kelly Howlet, Claudella Galopin, Alice Jolly and Lisa Marie Rodd.

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