Tonight on NITV, acclaimed journalist Stan Grant is set to stir things up on Awaken (airing at 8.30pm) by asking the very important question, what is beauty and who determines it?
The discussion will feature some of our most prominent social commentators and journalists like Jane Caro, Mamamia Editor-in-Chief Jamila Rizvi and entertainer Casey Donovan and will explore some of the risks and opportunities for Indigenous people within our commercial industries.
A few months ago, I had the pleasure of chatting to one of the panelists, Sasha Sarago. Sasha is a style maven, entrepreneur and founder of Ascension, Australia’s first Indigenous and Ethnic Women’s Lifestyle Magazine (which you can pre order right now!)
Sasha says the whole idea for the magazine came about from the lack of diversity in the media and fashion industries, something that also inspired Australia’s first Indigenous Fashion Week held earlier this year.
“The magazine is a platform for Indigenous and Ethnic models, writers, designers and communities, to be represented authentically and with pride,” she said. “When you don’t see an authentic representation of yourself, subconsciously it sends a message that you are invisible; you are not beautiful; your voice doesn’t matter.”
Make sure you tune in to Awaken on NITV at 8.30pm tonight (Wednesday 24 September) to hear more from Sasha and the panel on this important issue.