TEEN-GIRL POWER

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Kar­ratha’s young women shone cen­tre stage at a fash­ion show for youth em­pow­er­ment pro­gram Pil­bara Shine Project last week. Pic­tured are Bri­die Atkin­son, 13, Jas­mine Brown, 15, and Tahlia Dyson, 14, on the cat­walk.

Beau­ti­ful girls of Kar­ratha took to the cat­walk at the Kar­ratha City Mar­kets on Satur­day, Oc­to­ber 27 as part of Blue Beanie Projects’ Pil­bara Shine pro­gram.

The fash­ion show con­sisted of 14 girls, aged seven to 16, strut­ting their stuff in out­fits pro­vided by lo­cal re­tail­ers and makeup done by two lo­cal Abo­rig­i­nal girls.

Blue Beanie, a Pil­bara-based youth or­gan­i­sa­tion, works with young peo­ple and youth ser­vice providers to run ini­tia­tives de­signed to build young peo­ple’s self-es­teem.

Di­rec­tor San­dra Spadanuda said they worked with all young peo­ple in lots of dif­fer­ent ways.

“We work with young peo­ple aged seven to 25, boys and girls, ab­so­lutely any­one re­gard­less of their back­ground and eth­nic­ity,” she said.

“With the Pil­bara Shine Project, they can be in­volved by be­ing mod­els in the shows, which is great for their con­fi­dence and self­es­teem, or they can help with make-up, hair styling, fash­ion show pro­duc­tion, pho­tog­ra­phy or chore­og­ra­phy.

“They learn event plan­ning and man­age­ment as well as li­ai­son with fash­ion re­tail­ers, which helps build their com­mu­ni­ca­tion skills.”

The fash­ion on the night was pro­vided by Wild Bo­hemian, Cool Change Bou­tique, Tara and the Ti­gress and Kmart.

“We did two shows and had the sup­port of Kar­ratha City Mar­kets to run it, the re­sponse and sup­port from the lo­cal busi­nesses in the area was re­ally help­ful,” Ms Spadanuda said.

Blue Beanie’s reach ex­tends across the Pil­bara, with more than 200 young peo­ple from Kar­ratha, Roe­bourne, Wick­ham and Hed­land hav­ing par­tic­i­pated in the Pil­bara Shine Project since the be­gin­ning of 2017.

The staff at Blue Beanie are all qual­i­fied and trained youth work­ers who have been work­ing in the field for a long time. “We need to have ex­pe­ri­enced youth work­ers work­ing in re­gional ar­eas be­cause all young peo­ple have the right to have ac­cess to pro­fes­sional, qual­ity ser­vices,” San­dra said.

Pic­ture: An­thony Veder

Pic­tures: An­thony Veder

The mod­els from the Pil­bara Shine Project.

Lateisha Gra­cie, 12, Milly Evans, 10, and Ky­lahCar­son, 10, walk the cat­walk at the Kar­ratha City Mar­kets Pil­bara Shine Project fash­ion show.

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