MAGNOLIA MAYMURU will make history later this year as the first Aboriginal model to represent the Northern Territory (NT) in the annual Miss World Australia competition.
The 19-year-old, who is from a remote community of Yirrkala in North Eastern Arnhem Land and belongs to the Belang of Djarrakpi, said though she is nervous, she is looking forward to “representing my state in such a well-known event”.
“I know a lot of people will be watching me. My family at home, all of Arnhem Land … and all over Australia,” she said.
Magnolia was discovered by Mehali Tsangaris, director of NT Fashion Week, while at a cash machine in a shopping centre.
She declined his offer of becoming a model for NT Fashion Week so she could focus on her studies, but a year later he ran into her again and she said she’d do it because “it didn’t mess with her schedule studying a diploma in business administration.”
Magnolia, a recreational officer for children in her community said of the career-defining opportunity: “I feel very privileged and thankful that I was chosen for this. I just want to do my best and hopefully be a really good role model and inspire many young people.”