13 May 2021
6:00 pm

Pretty Hurts: It’s time to decolonise beauty | Sasha Kutabah Sarago

Join Sasha Sarago for an evening of cheese, wine and conversation as we explore the concept of beauty through the eyes of a First Nations woman.
Hosted by Fenella Kernebone (TEDxSydney).

  • Pretty Hurts: It's time to decolonise beauty
     13 May 2021
     6:00 pm - 7:30 pm


201 Kent Street, Sydney, New South Wales, 2000, Australia



​​Sasha Kutabah Sarago is a proud Wadjanbarra Yidinji, Jirrbal and African-American woman. Sasha’s traditional Country spans from Atherton Tablelands, Daintree to Tully, known as the Bama (Rainforest People) of Far North Queensland.

A former model, Sasha grew frustrated by the invisibility of women of colour in fashion and media.

​Tired of importing overseas publications to see reflections of herself, Sasha had an epiphany. In 2011, Sasha founded Ascension, Australia’s first Indigenous and ethnic women’s lifestyle magazine. https://ascensionmag.com/

As a speaker, Sasha raises awareness around culture, diversity and equity in the business, media and lifestyle sectors.

She has appeared on NITV Awaken, SBS World News, SBS Insight, ABC News Breakfast, in the Sydney Morning Herald, Frankie and Fashion Journal Magazines. With articles published in The Guardian and SBS Voices. Sasha is also a filmmaker, writing and directing documentaries “Too Pretty To Be Aboriginal” and “InsideOUT” which premiered at the Melbourne Women’s Film Festival 2020.

Last year, Sasha graced the stage for TEDxSydney 2020, where she shared her story on how she re-claimed her femininity and Aboriginality by redefining beauty.

Join us for an extraordinary evening of inspiring conversation.

Hosted by Fenella Kernebone (TEDxSydney), you will explore the concept of beauty through the eyes of a First Nations woman and ask – does beauty liberate you, or is it time to decolonise beauty?

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