Governor’s Multicultural Awards for Media
COCKTAIL REVOLUTION has been awarded a High Commendation in the Governor’s Multicultural Awards for media, at a reception held last week, hosted by South Australian Governor Frances Adamson. The Awards recognise and celebrate outstanding South Australians who promote multiculturalism and increase understanding of the benefits of cultural diversity in our community.
We would like to congratulate ABC Radio Adelaide’s afternoon programme who took out the top honours. The team at COCKTAIL REVOLUTION is honoured for our efforts promoting diversity through fashion to rank alongside that of the work of our iconic ABC.
Excelling it’s charter to “reflect the cultural diversity of the Australian community” and take into account “the multicultural character of the Australian community”, ABC Adelaide Afternoon Programme host Sonya Feldhoff and producer Regan Footner were presented with a trophy by the Governor.
“With a body of work spanning dozens of interviews, and a demonstrable commitment to showcasing culturally and linguistically diverse voices…topics ranging from sport participation rates, Covid vaccinations, menopause, the Indigenous Voice to parliament, multicultural quiet achievers and individual refugee stories, the Afternoon Program’s Production Team has made a concerted effort to go beyond the easy and obvious – consistently producing thought-provoking journalism that sheds light on issues often missed by mainstream media.”
COCKTAIL REVOLUTION’s novel approach to reflecting diversity in Australia through its digital platforms appealed to the judging panel.
“Judges highly commended COCKTAIL REVOLUTION, Australia’s only national street-style digital magazine, created by Stacey Pallaras in 2012 in response to a lack of diversity in the mainstream media. Focused on fashion, COCKTAIL REVOLUTION has deftly fostered inclusion by presenting images of diverse and stylish young people photographed in city streets going about their daily lives – and even helped launched international modelling careers.”
Using fashion as the platform to promote diversity and inclusion, COCKTAIL REVOLUTION continues to elevate those whom mainstream media tend to overlook. Since day one, COCKTAIL REVOLUTION continues to cover First Nations creatives along with many other ethnically diverse designers models and stylists. Moving to embrace diversity in all its forms, our platforms also showcase people with disabilities, along with gender and size diverse people.
Long before Black Lives Matter erupted or the Vogue Challenge threw down the gauntlet to show people of colour on Vogue covers in more than a tokenistic way, COCKTAIL REVOLUTION had been embracing diversity. Since 2012, our photographers have pounded the streets looking for the most stylish, the quirky, the advocates of grunge couture, and others who turned our heads, who styled themselves and paid for their own clothing hair and make-up. Our aim to elevate young diverse people who make an effort to present themselves to the world remains one of our primary objectives. We’re delighted that the judging panel for the Governors’ Multicultural Awards agrees that we’re onto something.
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