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Hundreds wowed at 2024 Black Bold and Beautiful fashion event

Phoebe Blogg -

Taking place at the Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre this month, the Black Bold and Beautiful Luncheon and Women’s Event has officially wrapped up for another year.

Celebrated as Australia’s leading First Nations fashion show and luncheon women’s event, this year the popular community-driven event proved to impress attendees once again.

Hosted by Logie-winner Karina Hogan, the Black Bold and Beautiful (BBB) event welcomed over 450 attendees, all eager to hear inspiring leaders and changemakers share their stories and experiences. The 2024 luncheon featured many special moments for attendees to participate in and attend across the day.

Some of these special moments included speeches from Dr Jackie Huggins AM FAHA, Nicole Reilly, and Janaya Johnston, and an impromptu speech from minister Leeanne Enoch.

“There is black excellence everywhere and it is on display here in this room,” said Ms Enoch.

Event goers were also treated to a breathtaking spiritual cleansing ceremony by Pauline Lampton of Miriki Performing Arts, powerful poetry by Maggie Walsh, and moving stories from Aunty Lillian ‘Mum Lil’ Lampton – a Palm Island elder who shared the challenges that she faced as the first sister girl to undergo full gender transition 35 years ago, who also spoke of watching her beloved cousin Sandra King take her first modelling steps at age 13. 

Models on the runway at the 2024 Black Bold & Beautiful Event. (Image: Tito Media)


A major highlight and focal point of the event was the fashion parade.

Showcasing creations from First Nations designers from around the country. The runway parade featured many of the original models from the Sandra King Management roster Rhonda Purcell, Lydia Jawai, Tabatha Saunders, Kerry Turner, and Lee Sheppard; along with up-and-coming fresh faces Corina Reuben, Marjorie Elworthy, Amy Hall, Irene Jerome, Rasharni Rallah, Jody Rallah, Holly Sherman, Lily Matthews, Niamh Matthews, Keisha Muckan, TJ Muckan, Hannah Monaghan, Zanastasia Delaney, Vee Currie and Zyisha Wells, showcasing gorgeous garments from Magpie Goose, Red Ridge, Koori Threads, Elverina Designs, Murrii Quu Couture, and Delvene Cockatoo-Collins.

The event also featured several musical performances from acclaimed soul singer Rochelle Pitt Watson –a Quandamooka and Meriam woman who was a finalist on the Australian television show X Factor and has received many awards for her soulful voice.

The luncheon aspect of the event offered exhibitor stalls for First Nations businesses and organisations to display their products or services and network with each other alongside attendees.

Long-time sponsor Virgin Airlines again kindly donated 1st Prize for the raffle, helping to raise funds for the Bahloo Women’s Youth Shelter and Sisters Inside Inc. Harvey Norman also returned as a supporter, donating a widescreen TV. 

Pauline Lampton of Miriki Performing Arts. (Image: Tito Media)


The increased popularity and ongoing success of the BBB event for the past 12 years is a testament to the connection founder Aunty Sandra King OAM has with the community and her dedication towards pioneering for greater indigenous fashion and modelling opportunities.

King was also among the country’s first prominent First Nations fashion models in the 1970s and her Sandra King Management modelling agency has inspired countless modelling and professional careers. Sandra King is a recipient of the Order of Australia Medal for her outstanding contributions to the fashion industry.

Her vision for the Black Bold & Beautiful (BBB) events is to provide a forum for First Nations women and non-Indigenous women to come together, and network all whilst investing and inspiring one another. 

“Recognising and promoting the achievements of our First Nation women is our key focus at BBB. It is also necessary to celebrate the support, unity, and reconciliation between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities and the wider community,” she said.   

“Through this event, we want people to be informed, be inspired, and be empowered.”

Models on the runway at the 2024 Black Bold & Beautiful Event. (Image: Tito Media)


While King does have plans to see the women’s BBB event continue and grow, she also is in the process of planning the inaugural Black Bold Brothers men’s event, to be held in June later this year.

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