What is Brooke Blurton's nationality and heritage?
Brooke was born to an Aboriginal-Malaysian mother and an English father. She is a proud Noongar-Yamatji woman and is outspoken in advocating for more representation of First Nations People in Australia.
In a statement about being the first queer Indigenous woman to be Australia's Bachelorette, she said: "Obviously I have a cultural background and I'm really proud of that [but] I do know that I don't represent every single person, as every person's experience is so different.
"But I do represent a minority group that I'm really really proud of and I'm so excited at the fact that we'll see that representation."
Brooke has also spoken of her upbringing in Western Australia, where she explained how she felt different to other kids because of her mother and father's differing heritage.
"I was fairer than some of the Aboriginal kids and they would call me a ‘half-caste’...meaning I simply wasn’t Aboriginal enough for them," she said in a TEDx talk in 2019.
"I was bullied and I was teased quite a bit, but the thing was they made me feel different. I remember being very confused at the time, thinking if I wasn’t Aboriginal enough and I wasn’t white enough where did I fit in this world? Where did I belong?"
In the years since, Brooke has become a voice for minorities, using her platform to advocate for more Indigenous representation and respect.
On Australia Day this year, she shared a stirring message on Instagram for her thousands-strong following, writing: "Please consider our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people who have come before us more than 45, 000+ years.
"26th January does not unite us. It does not allow us to celebrate. It merely dances on the graves of the hundreds and thousands of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people who died on this land."
She later shared another post advocating to change the date.
There is no doubt Brooke is a inspiration in her own right for utilising her following to champion Indigenous rights. So watching her tackle The Bachelorette, a franchise that was absolutely tired and dated in its format, will be a breath of fresh air.