INDIGENOUS ancestors who empowered generations of strong Aboriginal women are the inspiration for two Midland residents in the running to be crowned Miss Naidoc 2018.
Angelina Headley (27) and Stacey Loveridge (20) entered the six-week empowerment and leadership program because this year’s theme – ‘Because of her we can’ – resonated with them.
Ms Headley, a Noongar woman, said she entered Miss Naidoc to change society’s perception of Aboriginal and Torres Straight Islander people for the better through leadership.
“I would love to be the type of leader that empowers, motivates and even inspires people to be the best them that they can be,” she said.
“Some people sell themselves short and they need to know that they can be so much more than their current circumstances. The only limits they have are the ones they put on themselves.”
The mother of four has never limited herself and recently completed her Diploma in Business after working in recruitment for Crown Casino and as an Indigenous initiatives support officer for the Australian Medical Association.
Ms Headley said the empowerment and leadership skills gained from the program were priceless, being surrounded by strong, inspiring women who embodied this year’s theme.
Ms Loveridge, an administration assistant at Woodside, said the theme acknowledged Indigenous women who empowered others through their own strengths.
“It also acknowledges our mothers, sisters, grandmothers, aunties and other women who have influenced us to be the women we are today,” she said.
Through the program, the Ballardong Yuet woman said she had developed a better connection to her culture and a determination to address struggles within her own community.
What: Miss Naidoc Crowning
When: Saturday, May 26 from 7-11pm
Where: Astral Theatre, Crown Perth
Tickets: $50 (including canapes) from naidocperth.org