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Thu, 02 Mar


Better Read Than Dead

Gigorou Launch with Sasha Kutabah Sarago

Join us with Sasha Kutabah Sarago to celebrate the release of Gigorou. Sasha will be in conversation with Te Raina Watego.

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Gigorou Launch with Sasha Kutabah Sarago
Gigorou Launch with Sasha Kutabah Sarago

Time & Location

02 Mar 2023, 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Better Read Than Dead, 265 King St, Newtown NSW 2042, Australia


About The Event

It's time to reclaim beauty. First Nations wisdom and womanhood.

Gigorou (jig-goo-roo) means ‘beauty’ or ‘beautiful’ in Jirrbal, the language of Sasha Kutabah Sarago’s grandmother. Growing up, Sasha didn’t feel gigorou. At a young age, she was told, ‘You’re too pretty to be Aboriginal’. Since then, she’s been on a journey to reconcile her conflict with beauty.

In this intimately fierce, funny and reflective book, Sasha retraces her footsteps as a beauty assistant, model and magazine editor to find the answers she’s searching for. Through conversations with her matriarchs, and the creation stories gifted to her, Sasha unlocks an ancestral wisdom – the key to healing and reclaiming her femininity.

In a time where the patriarchy obstructs women from the divine feminine, and sexism, racism and ageism violate our sovereignty, Gigorou invites us to explore the interconnectedness of Aboriginal culture to resolve our relationship with beauty and ourselves.

About Sasha 

Sasha Kutabah Sarago is a Wadjanbarra Yidinji, Jirrbal and African-American woman.

A former model, Sasha grew frustrated by the invisibility of multicultural women in fashion and media. In 2011, she founded Ascension, Australia’s first digital lifestyle platform for women of colour. As a speaker, Sasha raises awareness around culture, diversity and equity in the business, media and lifestyle sectors.

Sasha’s TEDx talk, ‘The (de)colonising of beauty’, was selected as 2021 Editor’s Choice and has fuelled her passion for redefining beauty and sparking conversations around femininity and womanhood from a First Nations woman’s perspective. As well as appearances on NITV Awaken ‘Black Is Beautiful’, SBS Insight ‘Growing Up Mixed Race’, and ABC TV’s The School That Tried to End Racism, Sasha has featured in BuzzFeed, Huffington Post, 10 Daily, Sydney Morning Herald, Frankie and Fashion Journal magazines and her writing has been published in the Guardian and SBS Voices. Sasha has also written and directed the documentaries Too Pretty to Be Aboriginal and InsideOUT, which premiered at the Melbourne Women’s Film Festival 2020.

About Te

Te Raina Watego is a Maori/Chinese woman living on Gadigal Land. Her passion for Indigenous justice started early. Whether by giving an award-winning speech on Maori sovereignty at the tender age of 13 or being part of local grassroots Indigenous led organisations advocating for self-determination is part of her DNA.


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