‘Speak even if your voice shakes’: Kimberley Girl 2022 Jahn-Edda Petrevski on what the contest means for her

Jane MurphyBroome Advertiser
Kimberley Girl 2022 Jahn-Edda Petrevski
Camera IconKimberley Girl 2022 Jahn-Edda Petrevski Credit: Broome Advertiser/Jane Murphy

From a small station in Halls Creek to the big stage, 16-year-old Jahn-Edda Petrevski has been crowned this years Kimberley Girl.

Speaking after her win, the young Kija Jaru girl said she was so proud of herself for not only joining the program, but winning.

“I feel so happy, I want to cry,” she said.

“This means so much to me because, I’ll take this back to my community now and all the younger girls that look up to me, they’ll be cheering me on and I can drive them to be their better selves.”

Get in front of tomorrow's news for FREE

Journalism for the curious Australian across politics, business, culture and opinion.


During the final show’s on-stage question round, Ms Petrevski was asked what she would change about the world.

“One thing I would change about the world is bullying,” she said.

“Everyone has been bullied. Bullying can be online, racial, in the community...and leads to fighting, disconnection between family and friends, doubt, and even suicide.”

“I want to tell everyone to speak even if your voice shakes.”

With her parents in the crowd, Ms Petrevski could not wait to hug them after the show.

“They’re gonna be so proud of me,” she said.

Ms Petrevksi said she now hopes to be the best leader she can be and fill the position to the best of her ability.

“Whatever they need me to do, I’m going to do.”

“The only person that can stop yourself is yourself. So keep striving to be the best person you can be.”

Ms Petrevski’s Kimberley Girl 2022 duties will see her provide support to young women across the region and will continue until the next show in 2023.

Get the latest news from thewest.com.au in your inbox.

Sign up for our emails