Success for Aboriginal Models: Kimberley Girl Project


Marlikka Perdrisat was a participant in the 2009 Kimberley Girl project and is now its co-ordinator. Here Marlikka writes about some of the successful outcomes of the project including how new aboriginal models are being discovered by mainstream modelling agencies.

Kimberley Girl has recently expanded from its two week programme and is now providing opportunities all year round. The personal development, work readiness and community engagement program for young Indigenous women has now formed into a host agency for the participants until they are represented by an established mainstream modelling agency.

Kimberly Girl Finalists

(L-R) Nicola Torres, Stephanie Heil & Chantelle Shadforth

Some Kimberley Girl participants have gone on to be selected for Perth Fashion Festival, Perth Fashion Week, L’Oreal Melbourne Fashion Festival, Virgin Australia Melbourne Fashion Festival, Australian Indigenous Fashion Week, New York Fashion Week, Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Australia, and at G’Day USA and now many are chasing a contract from one of the big agencies.

Taylah Swan, Kimberly Girl Finalist

Taylah Swan wearing Alquema Bubble Dress Green with Pushamataaha Nubian Rhodochrosite Pendant and Nubian Rhodochrosite Cuff

At the end of May 2015 Goolarri Media Enterprises provided eight models with the opportunity to have professional portfolios created. The eight participants were brought into Broome from remote areas to engage in a week of activities. Goolarri Media Enterprises brought up Perth Fashion Photographer David Broadway and Javanese Beauty makeup artist Lytia Ningish to support the weeks activities.

The girls were all very excited to be fitted for designer clothing before parading them for a very select crowd at the Paspaley Polo VIP cocktail party on the Friday Night. Shania Hunter, the newest member of the group said “My highlight of the week would most definitely have to be the VIP parade. As it was my first runway event, this event has inspired me in so many ways, especially being the youngest and being able to look up to the older Kimberley Girl models. The atmosphere at the McAlpine house was absolutely amazing, the people were so lovely and the environment was so stunning. The event and the people has made me want to pursue my dream even more.”

Kimberly Girl Project ModelsOn the Sunday the eight girls were selected by Marilynne Paspaley to model for the Cable Beach Polo. The girls did an amazing job and four had the opportunity to stay and represent Kimberley Girl after the parade in the glitzy VIP tent.

Kimberly Girl runwayOn Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday each model had the opportunity to be photographed by David Broadway at the beautiful McAlpine House. Girls modelled an array of stunning designs from Betty’s Frock Shop including Alquema and Joseph Ribkoff with jewellery from Pushmataha.

Eugenia George in the Kimberly Girl Project

Eugenia George wearing Alquema Short Tube Red Dress with Pushmataaha Copper Purple Necklace.

Eugenia George is one of the rising stars and said “My favourite part from the week would have to be the Sunday because the atmosphere was so happy, everyone with great smiles on their faces, and they were complimenting how stunning we all are! It made me feel beautiful and gave me the passion to want to do more and develop a modelling career.”

Since the photos were made public Goolarri Media Enterprises has had many calls regarding future work for the models and are supporting the models with travel and accommodation until they are signed by a mainstream agency.

Hannah Collard was signed by Chadwicks in 2012 a short time after completing the Kimberley Girl Program and is now based in Perth. She has travelled to the Melbourne, Sydney and New Zealand for work and continues to make Goolarri Media Enterprises proud.

Hannah Collard - Kimberly Girl Finalist

Hannah Collard in Kimberley Girl 2010

The current outcomes are amazing and are continually growing. The program originally started 12 years ago with a focus on personal wellbeing and mental health and has now evolved and developed into an all year around support team for young women in the Kimberley and Pilbara regions.

Marlikka, Kira , Nicola

(L-R) Marlikka Perdrisat 2009 Participant and current Kimberley Girl Coordinator, Kira Fong – Founder of Kimberley Girl and Nicola Torres – Kimberley Girl 2015

– Marlikka Perdrisat

Cocktail Revolution congratulates all involved. If you’d like more information on the Kimberly Girl Project or any of the models, contact Goolari Media Enterprises (08) 9195 5333.


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