Sharnie Roberts from Youth Connections North Coast thought there needed to be something fun for girls to do during NAIDOC Week, so she came up with the idea for the 2012 Miss NAIDOC and Little Miss NAIDOC contest and fashion parade.
Sharnie said the fashion show and competition provide a great opportunity for for Indigenous girls to be active in the community.
"It is great to play a role during NAIDOC Week," Sharnie said. "We want everyone to build their confidence and have a bit of fun."
The contest is open to all girls (Indigenous and non-Indigenous), with Miss NAIDOC for ages 13 to 21, and Little Miss NAIDOC for ages seven to 12 (girls under 16 must get parental consent).
The judges include Maria King from Indigenous swimwear label PM Surf, a Youth Connections staff member and Abbey McBurney from Gilchrist Casting. The girls will be judged on their walk, the way they present themselves and their responses on their application form as to why they should be Miss/Little Miss NAIDOC.
Sharnie said the night will be about expressing their personality.
"The girls will wear their own outfits so the judges can get an idea of their style," Sharnie said. "On the night we will also have a Welcome to Country by Auntie Irene Harrington and a performance by Lismore crew SupaFresh."
The Miss NAIDOC and Little Miss NAIDOC show is on Friday, June 29, at the Lismore Workers Club at 6.30pm. Girls wanting an application form to enter can pop into Youth Connections North Coast at 17 Keen Street, Lismore, email Sharnie at firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 0422 648 960. Entries need to be in by Thursday, June 28, and the entry fee is $5.
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