Jarlyn Spinks is officially the most beautiful girl in the Kimberley.
Over 800 people turned up for the final of the tenth annual Kimberley Girl event held at the Goolarri Amphitheatre in Broome recently to see the 23-year-old from the Looma Community north of Broome crowned the 2013 Kimberley Girl.
Spinks said she hoped her new profile would deliver a simple but powerful message to other women in her community: dream big.
"I would like to start off in my own community and talk to the young girls up there about my experience of Kimberley Girl," she said.
"I'd like to make them see a different side of life. There's education and stuff out there, they can get out and do things, whether it's travel, work or meet new people."
Born in Derby, Sprinks grew up in Looma. From 14, she spent six years at a Perth boarding school before moving back to her community last year.
Sprinks, who works at the Yandi mine for Rio Tinto as a FIFO trainee site administrator, previously heard about Kimberley Girl but shyness held her back until this year, when she conquered her nerves and applied.
"I just wanted that experience, seeing what the past Kimberley Girl entrants got out of it, the opportunities, and I just wanted that experience for myself and also to build my own confidence," she said.
"Just developing myself and learning how to be a good role model so that I can support other young indigenous women to do the same stuff I did."
Two Kununurra teenagers also won big at the event, with Jordeana Howard, 16, awarded most photogenic while Georgia Powers, also 16, took out the people's choice category determined by online voting.
Kimberley Girl started out as a vision to offer young Aboriginal women the tools to become confident individuals pursuing their dreams.
It has since blossomed into an unstoppable force propelling hundreds of girls into the spotlight, changing their lives dramatically.Three-hundred girls from different backgrounds have grasped the unique opportunity to empower themselves and use the program as a launching pad to new and exciting endeavours.