TWO women from the Swan Valley will vie for the title of Miss Naidoc Perth 2017 this weekend at a gala event at Crown Perth.
Kearah Ronan (23), of Ellenbrook, and Simone Narkle (29), of Brabham, along with Jasmine Corbett (24), of Midland, are finalists in the project, which aims to provide leadership, build confidence and empowerment for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women in Perth aged between 18 and 30.
Ms Ronan is a proud Yamatji woman studying to be a teacher while working for Catholic education as an Aboriginal cadet.
She said being part of Miss Naidoc Perth was about wanting to make a difference and be a role model in her community.
“I’ve always been curious about Miss Naidoc, I just felt I didn’t have enough confidence to be involved in such an event,” she said.
“Having an event such as Miss Naidoc is fantastic in terms of empowering and encouraging our young women in the community. Every year it’s something special to look forward to, whether you’re a part of it or not.
“It’s just wonderful to see strong indigenous young women growing and becoming that role model in their community.”
Ms Ronan said Miss Naidoc was not about an individual woman winning, but about how women could work together and raise each other up to be the best they could be.
“To be crowned Miss Naidoc, you’re put in a position where you can be heard, where issues in the community can be spoken about, acknowledged and addressed and it’s the sort of platform, where people tend to listen,” she said.
“By taking part in Miss Naidoc, I hope to make more connections regarding my work in the community and in terms of my career.
“I’ve already made lifelong friends.
“We call them ‘sister girls’ – it’s been an amazing experience.”
Miss Naidoc Perth will be crowned on Saturday.