CONNECTING to Aboriginal culture and community has inspired Bassendean resident and Miss Naidoc Perth 2018 finalist Trudy Snow to help create a better future for young women.
The 22-year-old fitness trainer, Noongar Radio presenter and business owner was on the path of “self-destruction” before deciding to move from Brisbane to Bunbury with her mother in 2009 to complete high school at Newton Moore Senior High School.
Ms Snow achieved her goal as becoming the first member of her family to graduate high school and enter university when she moved to Perth to study Aboriginal Theatre at the WA Academy of Performing Arts in 2013.
After transforming her lifestyle and losing 65kg, she graduated from a personal training course and established her well-being business, Creating Your Future, where she holds classes for women at Success Hill and Jubilee reserves in Bassendean.
She took part in a six-week leadership and empowerment program for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women and will grace a gala event at Crown Casino on May 26.
Ms Snow said it would be an honour to win one of the four awards – Miss Naidoc Perth 2018, runner-up, Miss Kwokbordok (beautiful) and most photogenic, but the pageant was more about creating a “sisterhood” with fellow finalists.
“It is very nerve-wracking to the fact that it is something completely out of my comfort zone but I am very much about self-development and being able to empower women as well,” she said.
“I think it is a beautiful stepping stone for me as well as the other girls, to be able to explore culture as well as ourselves and then for me to be able to teach others.”
She said it was “heart-breaking” to learn what Aboriginal communities go through in terms of culture and health.
“I believe that I can make a positive impact and change there by just small and simple little changes – that is what it is all about,” she said.
“Two messages I always go by are two quotes from my favourite musicals, Wicked and Rent – ‘defy your gravity’ and ‘forget regret or life is yours to miss’.
“Life is a journey and you make it however you want it to…you were put on this Earth for a reason – find your reason and just run with it.”