Guyala Bayles is a 23-year-old Birri Gubba and Wonnarua model, actress, poet, activist, and now facilitator.
Activism and storytelling have been a cornerstone of her family culture for generations, and she continues this legacy by powerfully expressing herself through spoken word and using her public platform to shed light on issues affecting First Nations people.
As a passionate mixed-medium artist, Guyala speaks her truth and inspires others to do the same. She’s been the face of some of Australia’s most well-known brands and is proud to advocate for First Nation’s representation.
In this high-energy, magnetic episode, we yarn about breaking into the industry and protecting yourself from harmful energies, how she learnt to budget, breaking down limiting beliefs, manifesting and tapping into abundance, and embodying creation in all its forms.
Rich Blak Women is a podcast from national Indigenous not-for-profit First Nations Foundation, following stories of culture, strength, challenge, and resilience from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women – rich in culture, value, and mindset.
Conversations aim to deepen awareness about the unique economic inequities’ First Nations women face, investigate success and connection to culture, empower financial wellbeing through shared experiences and learnings, and build community and allies.
The First Nations line-up of guests in the new season include Guyala Bayles (model, actor, activist), Gill Mailman (telecommunications leader), Senator Dorinda Cox (WA Greens), Marcella Ketchell (GBH Torres Strait Sea & Land Council), Shantelle Thompson OAM (Kiilalaana Foundation founder and Jiu Jitsu world champion), Shanell Dargan (boxer and singer), Donnell Wallam (Australian netballer), Celeste Carnegie, (Community Programs & Engagement at Indigitek), and Nornie Bero (Mabu Mabu restaurant owner).
Host, Larisha Jerome, is a proud Jarowair, Wakka Wakka & Wulli Wulli woman who grew up on Darug Country in Western Sydney and has an extensive background in banking, women’s health, government, and community services. She leads the Foundation’s Women’s Financial Wellness work addressing the economic injustice First Nations people face and empowering women to achieve full financial wellness and independence.
Rich Blak Women will be available on most podcast platforms and can be streamed from First Nations Foundation directly. For more information, please visit tomorrowmoney.co/women/rbw
For more information on the Foundation’s Women’s Financial Wellness initiative, please visit firstnationsfoundation.org.au/indigenous-womens-financial-wellness