CIAF Series – Benita Williams

Episode 94

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Host Mundanara Bayles is guided by Aboriginal Terms of Reference which is the accumulated knowledge that Aboriginal people developed over the tens of thousands of years of living in this land, now known as Australia.

Relationships are at the core of Aboriginal Culture and Society and in our whole history of living in this country we never invaded our neighbours.

An Aboriginal Terms of Reference introduction is based on “Who you are and not what you do”, this way of introduction has been practiced by Aboriginal people since the first sunrise. From an Aboriginal perspective this way of introduction reinforces our humaness, we are much more than our job titles.

This series is presented in partnership with Black Magic Woman, Cairns Indigenous Art Fair and Bumma Bippera Media 98.7 FM. The Cairns Indigenous Art Fair will run from 6-10 July in Cairns, go to for more information on what’s on and for tickets.

Benita Williams is an Indigenous model based in Port Douglas, Queensland. A proud Kuku Yalanji woman, Benita was approached by a model management agency in 2012 while she was shopping for jewellery in a local shopping centre.

After overcoming her shyness and nerves, Benita has gone on to appear in a range of amazing fashion events including the Australian Indigenous Fashion Week, the launch of Indigenous fashion label MAINIE, the Miss Universe Australia – QLD State Finals and many CIAF fashion performances.

Benita is now a freelance model and loves working with local talent, collaboratively bringing communities together to create and display their art and talents whether it be visual art, dance, fashion and singing. Most of all, Benita has a passion for showcasing Indigenous arts and culture.

Benita is one of Far North Queensland’s most recognised First Nations models, has participated in almost every CIAF Fashion Performance since 2015. This year see’s her play a different role. Listen to episode #93 to find out more!

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The Black Magic Woman Podcast is hosted by Mundanara Bayles and is an uplifting conversational style program featuring mainly Aboriginal guests and explores issues of importance to Aboriginal people and communities.  Mundanara is guided by Aboriginal Terms of Reference and focusses more on who people are rather than on what they do.

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