Anyier Yuol

Refugee, Activist & Model

Anyier Yuol for West HQ


Born in a refugee camp in Kenya, Anyier migrated to Australia in 2003 where she spent her childhood growing up in Blacktown.

A friend introduced her to a local soccer club where she started playing football for Rooty Hill and fell in love with the game. She was chosen as 1 of 8 people to represent Australia in the Football for Hope festival in South Africa but was unfortunately injured the second day after arriving and ended her hopes of playing.

This was the catalyst of change for Anyier. She needed to try something new.

She started modelling and participating in beauty pageants in Australia and internationally with incredible success.

After competing in the State finals of Miss world Australia and finishing as a first runner-up for Miss Grand Australia in 2016, she recognised a gap in representation of African women in the Australian beauty and modelling industry, Anyier created Miss Sahara.

Miss Sahara is a National beauty pageant which celebrates the diversity of African women in Australia. participants advocate and raise awareness of Africa’s diverse and rich cultures whilst promoting inclusions and representation of African women in the Australian beauty and modelling industry. It combines opportunities for role modelling, leadership skills

Her future goals or ambitions are to continue her work in advocating to improve outcomes for refugee women and their families both nationally and internationally. Continue building up Miss Sahara to act as an agent of change that promote the representation of minority groups in the beauty and fashion industry in Australia.


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