Kassie Hunter-Aragu has emerged as an inspirational role model for young Indigenous women everywhere after being crowned this year’s Pilbara Girl.
Kassie (pictured above), who lives in Karratha, took out the 2020 title in Broome this month, alongside Tallulah Bieundurry of the Wangkatjungka community, who won the Kimberley Girl title.
After her win, 24-year-old Kassie told how she hoped to use the experience gained during the unique program to help other young women and girls in her community to make the most of their lives.
The Kimberley Girl program started 17 years ago and expanded to include a Pilbara offshoot 10 years ago.
It has elements of a beauty pageant, but it is far more than that. All participants undergo a week of workshops on self-confidence, work readiness and body image before being narrowed down to a small group of finalists, who participate in workshops on public speaking and presentation with a focus on leadership.
More than 50 young women, aged 16 to 25, took part in the combined program this year.
We hope to see young women from the Newman area embrace this program in bigger numbers in the future to reflect the hopes and aspirations of Indigenous people across the region.