“For 49,800 of those years [the Aboriginals] had the continent to themselves. … Then on April 29, 1770, British explorer James Cook landed his ship, the Endeavour, on the southeastern shore. The next two centuries were a horror show of cultural obliteration—massacres, disease, alcoholism, forced integration, surrender. ~ National Geographic”
The Aboriginals, though indigenous to Australia, have largely been an ignored population on the continent after their land was stolen from them centuries ago. But in the pageant world, that has hopefully ceased.
Just days ago, Maminydjama Maymuru became the first Aboriginal in history to move forward as the North Territory representative for Miss World Australia. Should she win the next round of competitions, she will also become the first Aboriginal to be crowned Miss World Australia. Maymuru would then compete in the international Miss World event this September.
In addition to the pageant, the 19-year-old, 5′ 10″ beauty is trying out a modeling career after being scouted in the 12th grade.
The main reason why I agreed to do [modeling] is that I don’t want to do it just for myself, I want to do it for young people all over Australia. That means black or white. I grew up both ways, the Yolngu way, and the balanda way, which is the white man’s way, the western way. ~ Marie Claire