Powerful role model for Aboriginal women

Krista McMeeken is a national finalist in the Miss Humanity Australia 2014 pageant. d418735
Krista McMeeken is a national finalist in the Miss Humanity Australia 2014 pageant. d418735

Miss McMeeken is one of six WA finalists in the competition, which aims to promote humanitarian work being done by young women.

The young lawyer is raising funds and awareness as a part of her pageant campaign towards Legacy and RSL.

While these causes are close to her heart, she said part of her inspiration to join the competition was to highlight her work as a positive role model for young Aboriginal women.

‘Being a young Aboriginal woman is at the front of my mind in everything I do,’ Miss McMeeken said. ‘I help run a leadership program for indigenous women called Miss NAIDOC Perth, which is about promoting leadership and personal development in young women.

‘This is about changing the face of what Aboriginal models look like and being proud of that.’

Miss McMeeken’s list of achievements are quite long for a 23-year-old, having been named a WA Young Australian of the Year finalist, crowned Miss NAIDOC Perth, inducted into the WA Women’s Hall of Fame, awarded the Human Rights Awards Young People’s Medal and awarded the WA Pride of Australia Medal for Young Leaders.

She said her volunteering efforts in community groups helped show the influence young people can have.

‘It is about showing that young people really do have a voice in today’s society,’ she said.

Miss Humanity Australia will be crowned on May 17 and 18.