Beauty em­pow­ered to make a dif­fer­ence

Southern Telegraph - - Front Page - David Sal­vaire

A Lake­lands po­lice cadet has been crowned Miss NAIDOC Perth Most Pho­to­genic af­ter a six-week in­dige­nous em­pow­er­ment and lead­er­ship pro­gram.

Tiarna Eades, a 19-year-old Wil­man-Bal­lar­dong woman, picked up the hon­our at the Miss NAIDOC 2017 gala event at Crown Perth.

Miss NAIDOC Perth gives young Abo­rig­i­nal and Tor­res Strait Is­lan­der women the op­por­tu­nity to de­velop their lead­er­ship po­ten­tial and life skills by gain­ing per­sonal con­fi­dence, self-es­teem, and strength­en­ing their pub­lic pre­sen­ta­tion skills.

Speak­ing at the gala event, Ms Eades said Miss NAIDOC Perth was an op­por­tu­nity to grow stronger as a per­son and de­velop skills in pub­lic speak­ing. “Be­ing sur­rounded by such beau­ti­ful women, it is an hon­our to be crowned Miss Pho­to­genic,” she said.

“I have re­ally loved the Miss NAIDOC ex­pe­ri­ence and en­cour­age oth­ers to give it a go”

Ms Eades said she was drawn to the po­lice for the health ben­e­fits and to change peo­ple’s per­cep­tions.

“I love the phys­i­cal com­po­nent of the po­lice, but more im­por­tantly, the op­por­tu­nity I have to make a dif­fer­ence and change the views Abo­rig­i­nal peo­ple have about the po­lice,” she said.

“I want my mob to see that the po­lice are here to help and make our com­mu­ni­ties safe to live in.”

Eight women were in­volved in the six-week Miss NAIDOC Perth Em­pow­er­ment and Lead­er­ship Pro­gram, in­clud­ing Man­durah’s Bree Pass­more. The 18-year-old Ya­matji-Won- gai woman was a fi­nal­ist in the pro­gram and has a pas­sion for sup­port­ing peo­ple with men­tal ill­ness.

NAIDOC Perth chair­woman Glenda Kick­ett said she had been im­pressed with this year’s par­tic­i­pants.

"Miss NAIDOC Perth 2017 has been, for me, a re­ally in­spir­ing year be­cause the young women have all come with their own per­sonal sto­ries and shared those sto­ries with us,” she said.

“I’ve seen how the pro­gram has been em­pow­er­ing for them.

“It has been an amaz­ing jour­ney for them and for us.”

The women are also men­tored by ex­pe­ri­enced Noon­gar model Shan­non McGuire who, through the Wir­rpanda Foun­da­tion, has men­tored women in the pro­gram each year since it started in 2011.

Pic­ture: Jazz Pho­tog­ra­phy/Asif Akkas

Miss NAIDOC Perth Most Pho­to­genic win­ner Tiarna Eades, of Lake­lands.

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