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You’re too pretty to be Aboriginal. This is the abhorrent statement Aboriginal women are confronted with by everyday Australians. Where did this demoralising statement originate? How do Aboriginal women feel about this statement? This talk explores the objectification of Indigenous beauty via Australia’s colonial history. How beauty is viewed by Indigenous women and the rise of decolonisation – a global movement to reclaim the beauty inherent in Indigenous values and traditions, revived through contemporary mediums.


Sasha Sarago is a proud Aboriginal woman of the Wadjanbarra Yidinji and Jirrbal clans ‘Rainforest People’ of Cairns, Far North Queensland. Sasha is also of African-American, Malay, Mauritian and Spanish descent. A former model, Sasha grew frustrated by the invisibility of women of colour in fashion and media. Tired of importing oversees publications to see reflections of herself, Sasha had an epiphany. In 2011, Sasha founded Ascension, Australia’s first Indigenous and ethnic women’s lifestyle magazine. Ascension is a new dialogue of cultural identity and self-representation – a haven for women of colour to see, hear and know thyself.

Nayuka Gorrie is a Gunai/Kurnai, Gunditjmara, Wiradjri and Yorta Yorta feminist. 9 - 5 she works in the youth sector and is a freelance writer.

7:00 PM @1000 £ Bend (The Gallery), 361 Little Lonsdale Stree

Entrance over 18  |  The venue is wheelchair accessible.