A wave of success
Cheyenne Phillips, 17, waves excitedly to the crowd after her announcement as one of six finalists heading to Broome in October for the Pilbara Girl 2017 final. The competition’s first heat was held last Friday night at the ibis Styles in Karratha, where 10 indigenous girls strutted their stuff down the runway and confidently showcased their inner and outer beauty.
The judges had a hard time choosing finalists for the 2017 Pilbara Girl last Friday night as 10 beautiful young indigenous girls took to the runway at the ibis Styles in Karratha.
Pilbara Girl is a life-changing program which aims to improve self-esteem and empower and encourage positive change in the personal and professional capacity of young indigenous women.
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.
In the end, it was Cheyenne Phillips, 17, Chelsea Hicks, 17, Vonique Alec-Mowarin, 16, Tyisha Tucker, Shianne Bin Sali, 16, and Ayla Farrell, 17, who were chosen to head to the Pilbara Girl final in Broome on October 6.
Finalists Cheyenne Phillips, 17, Chelsea Hicks, 17, Vonique Alec-Mowarin, 16, Tyisha Tucker, Shianne Bin Sali, 16, and Ayla Farrell, 17. Pictures: Louise Allingham
Ten girls on the runway at the first Pilbara girl heat.
Allanna O'Donoghue, 16.
Ayla Farrell, 17.
Kymberley Ryder, 16.
Bianca Tucker, 17.