Some call 26 January Australia Day, some call it Invasion Day. This year, The Pineapple marks the day by featuring a strong, beautiful First Nations woman from Queensland: Jannali Shorey.
Jannali is a proud First Nations woman living, studying and working on the Sunshine Coast.
‘My mob on my Dad’s side are Mbabaram from North Queensland and my mob on my Mum’s side are Mandandanji from Western Queensland.
‘I am proud to be Australian and respect other choices and opinions about how people spend their day on 26 January.
‘Personally I feel it’s a day for everyone to come together and acknowledge the past.
‘I am studying a Bachelor of Nursing Science at the University of the Sunshine Coast. I have always been interested in health and well being. I hope to work in hospitals in all fields and specialise in midwifery.
Jannali has danced for 15 years, starting when she was three years old. She received junior and senior dance scholarships and has danced in NAIDOC celebrations and at the opening of an International Women’s Day indigenous/contemporary dance showcase in Gympie.
‘My approach to fashion and style is to celebrate being unique and follow the fashion that suits you.
‘Appreciate our First Nations’ natural beauty and ensure it is represented widely and positively through media and magazines.
‘Australia has come a long way in representing First Nations women and with respect for cultural diversity.’
Jannali Shorey was photographed at Melawondi Tunnel, Imbil by Brea Martin of breamartinphotography
‘Jannali’s Mum organised this photo shoot for Jannali’s birthday,’ said Brea.
‘We loved the idea of her being all dressed in black in Melawondi Tunnel at Imbil.
‘The white cockatoo feathers are a strong Dreamtime symbol and symbolic of Jannali’s power and culture.’