Cindy Rostron is Bringing Stone Country With Her

When modelling sensation Cindy Rostron got the call to be on the cover of Vogue, there was only one problem: she didn’t actually know what it was yet.

Fast forward a year, and the Indigenous teenager from Stone Country—one of the most remote parts of Western Arnhem Land in the NT—has not only bagged a Vogue cover, she’s also completed a vitally important learning on country ranger’s program, graduated high school, and walked at fashion week many miles from home. Though it’s easy to get swayed by the trappings of success at any age (let alone when you’re 17 years old), being raised on Country, surrounded by an extended family of musicians and artists has kept her feet planted firmly on Stone Country ground. Cindy’s biggest hope is to use her pathway into the world of fashion to be a role model for any young person who is walking in the two worlds of bininj and daluk (indigenous man and woman) and balanda (white person), as well as using her career as a vehicle to share the stories of her ancestors and caring for country. We caught Cindy somewhere between camping trips into remote bushland to visit sacred sites and back home filming Tiktoks for her followers to find out more about the inspiring young teenager.


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Where did you grow up, and how do you think it’s influenced who you are today?
I grew up on Korlobidahdah outstation. It’s just beautiful and I love the way I live on Country with nature and natural things. Growing up on Country has made me feel healthy, comfortable in my spirit and brave.

You have such a creative family. Can you tell us a bit more about what their talents are, and how they’ve inspired you?
They’re all musicians and artists, and they inspire me to do music and art. They’re creative and strong in their culture and all very talented. I’m proud of my brothers and my father who are working hard at music with their band WILDFIRE MANWURRK.

How do you want to use fashion to share your culture with people?
It’s important for me, my community and all Aboriginal women across Australia to see our culture being represented. I want to see other young Aboriginal girls chasing their dreams and showing the world who they really are! Sharing my knowledge and culture with Indigenous people from other Country is so important, too, and how we connect so we can work together as one mob.

What’s a talent people might not know you have?
My secret talents are singing and art. I just love being creative.

We’ve heard that you’ve also completed a ranger program. Can you tell us more about what that is, and what you learnt from it?
The ranger program is important because it ensures that there are people always caring for Country. Doing this ranger program is important to our people and the land. I learnt how to care for Country, and I learnt how to use balanda (white people) tools. Working together and using all the tools available is important so that we can understand how one another works best.


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You recently took a trip to Sydney for a film premiere and fashion week, which must’ve been really exciting! What was your favourite thing you did or saw, and can you see yourself ever moving to a city?
My favourite thing was getting to dress up in amazing outfits. It was so cool! I love visiting the city but it’s so busy, and I always want to be in nature, so I don’t see myself living in the city right now. I can’t see the stars in the city.

What other plans do you have for 2022 and beyond?
My biggest goal of 2022 was to finish high school, which I have just completed and I’m graduating in December! I’m so proud of myself. Another dream of mine is to support my father to build a house on his homeland, on his mother’s Country called Banam-banamdi.

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