Sometimes if we’re feeling down or having a bad day, we need to try our best to be positive about what we can achieve in life. Try to focus on what you’re good at and set yourself some goals. Think big and believe in yourself… You can make a difference!
Here’s 3 young Indigenous Australians, who have achieved success in their own ways. Let their stories inspire you to achieve your own goals!
1. Samantha Harris
Samantha Harris began her modelling life ten years ago, as a young teen, when she entered the Girlfriend magazine modelling competition and was signed to Chic management. In 2010 she graced the covers of Vogue Australia, and has walked the runway for some of Australia’s biggest names in fashion, including Alex Perry, Anna and Boy, Dion Lee, Ellery, Kate Sylvester, Rachel Gilbert and Lisa Ho. She was also Ambassador of the 2014 inaugural Australian Indigenous Fashion Week .
Check her out on Instagram.
2. James Saunders
James Saunders is from the Gunditjmara nation in south west Victoria and calls himself “a proud Wiradjuri man”. Saunders runs his own recently launched digital PR agency Mopoke Media, aiming to promote the Aboriginal community from a positive angle. According to Saunders, he was most proud of casting the 20 new faces for this year’s first ever Australian Indigenous Fashion Week. James is also a member of the Sydney Convicts, Australia’s first gay rugby team who will defend their title in the Bingham Cup this August in Sydney.
3. Ben Saulo
Benson Saulo is a descendent of the Wergaia and Gunditjmara nations of western Victoria and the New Ireland Provence of Papua New Guinea. At only 26, he is the Founding Director of the National Indigenous Youth Leadership Academy, whose aim is to “develop the next generation of young Indigenous changemakers from communities across Australia.” In 2011 he became the first Indigenous Australian to be appointed the Australian Youth Representative to the United Nations since this role began in 1999, attending the 66th Session of the United Nations General Assembly. Previously he worked as a Business Analyst in the ANZ Indigenous Employment and Training Team, is a current Ambassador for Welcome to Australia and was recently included in CLEO’s 30 under 30 list.
Check out Ben’s website.