Kimberley Girl - Final Event
“Kimberley Girl is about pathways and leadership. It is about giving young women the tools to realise their potential, to empower them in their endeavours, to give them the confidence to dream big and reach for the stars. Kimberley Girl is about giving participants the wings to fly.” – Kira Fong, Program Founder WHAT IS KIMBERLEY GIRL? The main aim of the Kimberley Girl program is to instigate positive change in the personal and professional capacity of young indigenous women, directing them to make positive life choices and forge constructive pathways. Once a year, on a balmy tropical evening under the stars hundreds of north west residents gather to celebrate a spectacular event, now in its sixteenth year. Staging, lighting, music and performers all focus on one thing. The remarkable graduates of a ground-breaking program of self-development known as Kimberley and Pilbara Girl. The world of fashion, with its star-studded catwalks and designer gear may be the goal of many young women, but Kimberley and Pilbara Girl offers a far more realistic and empowering experience! Although the program includes fashion modelling and culminates in a designer catwalk extravaganza,appearance is not a selection criteria. Founded by former model and philanthropic visionary Kira Fong, and run by Goolarri Media Enterprises in Broome, this is a personal and professional development program for Indigenous women from 16 to 25 years old from a diverse range of backgrounds. Many young Aboriginal women feel too shy to participate in an ‘image-focused’ program, but there is now overwhelmingly positive feedback from past participants, and this has driven the program’s growth from Broome into the Kimberley, to the Pilbara and more recently into the Goldfields. Each year Kimberley and Pilbara Girl takes young women from regional towns and remote communities through a transformational journey and gives them a once in a lifetime opportunity to rise to their full potential. Participants have commented that it is a rewarding and eye-opening experience meeting and forging relationships with girls who have grown up in communities where life can be significantly different from theirs (in both good ways and bad).