Miss World, which is the oldest, largest and most sought after international beauty pageant, is going to make history this year. The pageant hosts the most beautiful women from 130 countries, but this year will have an indigenous contestant from Yirrkala in Miss World Australia.
Magnolia Maymuru, 19, belongs to a remote community in Yirrkala in North Eastern Arnhem Land. She is a Yolngu woman representing Northern Territory and setting her sight on Miss World 2016 crown. She will be contesting against other Australian candidates this July with an aspiration to represent the nation in Miss World finals in London.
News.com.au quoted her from her interview with Darwin’s Mix 104.9, where she shared her feelings about the entire experience.
“I’m very nervous. It’s the first time I will be representing my state in such a well-known event and I know a lot of people will be watching me. My family at home, all of Arnhem Land … and all over Australia,” Maymuru said with enthusiasm.
Interestingly, her model manager spotted her getting cash out of a Darwin ATM in 2014.Reminiscing their first meeting. Mehali Tsangaris, director of NT Fashion week, said, “I stopped dead in my tracks. I think I scared the life out of her.”
“She’s a very professional and driven young woman, And her immediate response was, ‘I’m really sorry, but I’ve actually got my year 12 exams at that time and I’m not able to do it.’ A year later I ran into her again and she said she’d do NT Fashion Week 2015 because it didn’t mess with her schedule studying a diploma in business administration,” Tsangaris recalled.
Maymuru accepted his on-the-spot offer to appear in a catwalk only a few weeks later. She said very few women from her community prefer the fashion industry.
Maymuru noted, “I don’t read magazines or go onto E! News. I’m more of an outdoorsy girl. I like to hunt and go camping and go netting with my family. I just thought after school that I’d get a job and settle down.”
When Maymuru accepted the offer she was thinking about “trying something different”, reported ABC. But now her manager and she are looking forward to being the territory’s first representative for the Miss World Australia final 2016.