Karratha beauty Kasuanna Hunter-Aragu hopes to make her community proud and become an inspirational role model after being crowned this year’s Pilbara Girl. After taking part in a series of leadership and self-development workshops, photo shoots and rehearsals, the Pilbara and Kimberley Girl program reached its climax when 14 inspiring young Aboriginal women took to the catwalk again to battle it out for the crown. An emotional Ms Hunter-Aragu, 24, said winning Pilbara Girl did not feel real to her. “I’m happy that I’ve won and I’m very excited for the near future,” she said. Ms Hunter-Aragu, who is the cousin of inaugural Kimberley Girl winner Shuylyn Hunter, said she hopes to come back to the Pilbara with her new-found knowledge and platform and be a role model for young people. “I would definitely love to continue being involved with Pilbara Girl for many years to come,” she said. “It’s such a great program and I’d really love to continue being a part of it and encourage other young girls to take part.” She said she did not know what to expect when she signed up for Pilbara Girl but thought it was a great opportunity to do something new. “I’ve learnt a lot during the program and I am very happy that I signed up for it,” she said. “I would definitely tell other girls to go ahead and give it a try. “You never know what you might get out of it if you don’t give it a shot.” Fellow Karratha girls Stephany Shaw and Tawani Ashton were named first and second runners-up respectively. Meanwhile, Wangkatjungka’s Tallulah Bieundurry was named the 2020 Kimberley Girl, while Kununurra’s Sophia Short and Halls Creek’s Melanie O’Neil were named first and second runners-up respectively. Halls Creek’s Ooen-s’tae McDonald was named Most Photogenic, One Arm Point’s Billi-Joh Angus was the facilitators’ choice, and Hedland’s Leila Pearson won the leadership award. Commended Pilbara Girl finalists included Karratha’s Amy-Lee Bobby and Orielle Drill while Halls Creek’s Petronella Foynes, Wangakatjungka’s Kahlia Rogers and Broome’s Tyesha Oakley were recognised for their efforts as Kimberley Girl finalists.