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Sandra-Georgiou

Nunukal, Mulunjarlie and South Sea Islander woman, Sandra Georgiou is committed to breaking down barriers; improving the self-esteem of Indigenous students, teenagers and women; and promoting a positive awareness of Indigenous Australian's.

"I'm passionate about motivating and inspiring others to face their challenges, overcome their fears and step out of their normal comfort zone," Sandra said.

Her drive and determination is a result of the low self esteem she had as a child due in part to racial taunts and prejudice as well as a hearing and stuttering disability. (Over time, Sandra learnt how to control her stuttering without professional help).

Despite all of this, Sandra overcame her challenges and went on to be one of Brisbane's first professional Aboriginal models in the 1970's; established her own business in the 1990's; before spending a decade contributing to her local school community as an Indigenous Education Worker.

"All my careers have not been without their challenges," Sandra said.

"When I was modelling I was told that I might not get much work because I was Aboriginal but I didn't let this deter me.

"I continued to work hard and was one of Myer's regular models - often appearing in their newspaper advertisements and in their fashion parades," she said.

An opportunity to attend the Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs (FaHCSIA) Indigenous Women's Leadership Program in 2009 was a turning point for Sandra. The program helped her to not only regain her confidence but re-establish her business as well.

Since 2009, Sandra has been busy coordinating and managing the annual Black, Bold and Beautiful Indigenous Women's Luncheons and calendars; coordinating and choreographing fashion parades; facilitating community programs; presenting educational and leadership programs; giving motivational speeches and running personal development courses in community.

And it doesn't stop there. In the next five years Sandra hopes to successfully advocate for greater representation of Indigenous people on television and in commercial advertising.

"My aim is to pursue equality in the arts and media industries.

"I want to see more Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander faces on TV, in films and advertisements," she said.

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