2STAR MATERIAL: Some of the girls in the Aboriginal Young Womens Showcase are (back, left) Jinaya Walford, 17, of Sydney, Jani
2STAR MATERIAL: Some of the girls in the Aboriginal Young Womens Showcase are (back, left) Jinaya Walford, 17, of Sydney, Jani

Beauties before the beasts at carnival

By Alex Easton alex.easton@northernstar.com.au IF three days of football featuring some of the NRL's biggest stars won't turn your head, a group of 21 young women from across NSW are ready to make sure they will.

The 21 have joined the footballers in Lismore for the first Young Aboriginal Women's Showcase, a modelling display planned to wow spectators before the final of this weekend's NSW Aboriginal Rugby League Knockout Carnival at Lismore.

And there will be plenty of people to wow, with up to 5000 expected in Lismore for the carnival.

Organiser Colleen Tigh Johnson said the showcase was aimed at promoting the Moree-based Miyay Mirrii pageant, which built up the self-esteem and confidence of participants.

Ms Tigh Johnson said the Miyay Mirrii (which literally translates to 'girl star') corporation aimed at expanding the life choices of young women aged between 16 and 18.

It helped them to get public and private scholarships to help them expand their education.

The organisation's main event was a pageant which, next year, would include a modelling and personal development course from modelling agency June Dally Watkins.

Ms Tigh Johnson said this weekend's showcase event was aimed at giving women a taste of the pageant and encouraging communities around the State to hold heats for the pageant along the same lines as Moree.

See today's sports section for more on the NSW Aboriginal Rugby League Knockout Carnival.



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