|Mirragin Student Shortlisted for Aboriginal Model Search - 14 September 2016|
Year 8 Mirragin student and Middle School STAR leader, Temanu O’Brien-Schmidt, has been selected as a grand finalist in Australia’s first ever Aboriginal Model Search.
Temanu, whose family originates from the Torres Strait Islands, will be attending the grand finals at Rydges World Square, Sydney on 1 October, in the Junior 13-18 Years category.
Temanu first read about the competition in the local newspaper, the South East Advertiser, and decided, with encouragement from her family, to enter.
“The competition all started as a way to promote more Indigenous faces in the modelling industry,” she said.
The competition includes a speaking component, during which Temanu will speak about her role as a STAR Leader at LHC, and the group’s recent fundraising efforts for the Crosses for Christmas campaign, which raised over $3000 for the Santa Teresa community.
At the finals, Temanu is required to model a themed costume that reflects her culture, tradition and background. She has chosen to weave her own belt and barefoot anklets, and will wear a hairpiece that incorporates the traditional flowers, feathers and pearl shells all the way from Thursday Island. Her traditional dress was handmade by her Mam (grandmother).
Temanu counts international supermodel, Samantha Harris, who is Aboriginal, as one of her role models.
“She’s pretty inspirational because she’s representing Australia overseas,” she said.
Temanu said that she was very excited about the upcoming finals.
“I’m so privileged to have the opportunity to be in the modelling industry, but also to represent the Torres Strait,” she said.
In the future, Temanu hopes to continue modelling but also aspires to be a dentist.
Good luck for the finals, Temanu!