Indigenous ladies make deb

Looking like a million dollars at their debut last Friday were Hazel Rhodes (left) and Irene Harrington. Photo: Jacinta King, Koori Mail.

It might have been 50 years late, but Hazel Rhodes said she felt like Cinderella at last weeks Mature Aboriginal Womens Debutante Ball.

Ive never ever gotten dressed up like that in my life, she said. It felt really great being there with all the friends you grew up with. Everybody loved it. We had to practice twice a week for the last month or two to learn The Pride of Erin. Thats a dance they do at all debutante balls.

Hazel and 25 other mature debutantes were presented to boxing legend Tony Mundine (father and trainer of Anthony) and local elder Mavis Davies.

She said debutante balls just werent part of her reality as a young girl. so she was making up for missed opportunities.

We didnt want to be too fancy, she said. And we didnt have any money to get dressed up anyway.

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