Young People Need To Be Fearless, Says Former Dolly Editor Marina Go

    “I slipped an Asian girl onto the cover.”

    When Miranda and Nakkiah visit the US they revel in the attention they receive. They are both beautiful young women, and in Australia their looks often attract comments, ranging from “it’s that little boy from [Baz Luhrmann’s] Australia!” through “she's sooo cute” to “she has a pretty face for a big girl”.

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    In this episode Pretty For An Aboriginal hosts, actor Miranda Tapsell and writer/actor Nakkiah Lui, share stories with former Dolly editor Marina Go about perceptions of beauty in Australia, and discuss how beauty is being defined on Aussie TV and in magazines. They also explore how and why Instagram has opened up a space of freedom for women of colour.

    Marina Go became editor of the iconic teenage Australian magazine Dolly at the age of 23. She, like Nakkiah and Miranda, learned about her body, sex and relationships by ripping open the sealed section of the magazine every month. Reading Dolly was a defining experience for many young Australian women, but the girls shown in the magazine did not look like our hosts and guest.

    The majority were “blonde and blue-eyed”, recalls Marina.

    “Growing up I never, ever saw anyone who looked like me … that’s why, when I became the editor I was determined to make sure there were women or girls who looked like I did.

    “I wanted girls who looked like me to see themselves.”

    Marina Go made her career in women’s publishing but is now considered a leader in the hyper-male industry of rugby league. As chair of the Wests Tigers football club Marina has learnt a few things about being a boss and smashing stereotypes.

    “A red flag to a bull for me is if you say I can’t do anything, or a woman can’t do anything, or a Chinese woman can’t do anything,” she says.

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