2019 Miss NAIDOC Finalist – Teeana-Rose Sorrell

is a 22-year-old Noongar woman from Perth with ties to the Balladong people of the Wheatbelt and Wardandi People of the South West Boojarah. Since completing her diploma of enrolled nursing, Teeana-Rose chose to pursue a Certificate III in Makeup at the Australian College of Beauty Therapy because of the impact it has on the women she interacts with.

She is passionate about mental health and feels that both her nursing skills and makeup artistry are two very different methods but both benefit people who are suffering from mental health issues.

“I am passionate about female empowerment and challenging mainstream beauty standards. I look back at what Aboriginal women and what my ancestors have been through and I am very proud of who they are and the impact they have had on me”.

Having a positive self-image is not just restricted to looks for Teeana-Rose but also being proud of culture, colour, bloodline, and family. It is her culture and connections that give her strength of identity and resilience to face challenging times. Guiding her to work hard and finish a registered nursing degree and set up her own makeup business.

“I lived in poor areas and have I seen a lot of alcohol and drug abuse in my life, I want to break the cycle and create a better life for myself and hopefully inspire other to do the same”.

Teeana-Rose has interests in all healthcare issues because she has seen her older sister Kymberlee who has cerebral palsy go through the healthcare system. At first Teeana-Rose leaned more towards neonatal care for premature babies but as her course progressed and her skills developed, she felt that her connection was with mental health. This is why she chose to return to her studies and add mental health to her qualifications.

She hopes to continue adding her voice in support of mental health, youth resilience and continuation of culture

Hair: Natasha Eldridge & Elisha Jacobs
Makeup: Suraya Squires & Shauna Narrier
Photo: Carlo Fernandes
Sponsors: Woodside, NAIDOC Perth, Cleanaway, Wirrpanda Foundation, SRG Global, Crown Perth, Dr Robert Isaacs, Perpetual

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *