We’re kicking off 2024 by celebrating the smart and sassy, Chloe!
The Erromangan and Scottish queen, graduated with a Bachelors in Marine Science last year and is now on a new journey exploring Vanuatu’s marine life with the brilliant Environment team at Wan Smol Bag.
Her warm and fun personality coincides beautifully with her sense of fashion as she encourages others to dress in comfort but also step out of your comfort zone to truly understand your style!
She lives by the quote, “Better out than in.” – a funny quote from the movie Shrek but she explains that it’s a fun and insightful way of dealing with our emotions.
“I think it is good to be emotional and understand how we feel, but we also need to be able to share those emotions and let them out so they don’t just completely consume us. If you want to laugh, then laugh; if you want cry, then cry – but it’s better out than in.”
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Chloe Utoctoc Norkiwoh Nalyal Molou.
I am 23 years old but turning 24 later this month.
Where are you from?
Erromango and Scotland.
Tell us about your family.
My mum is Scottish and my dad is from Erromango but I grew up in Port Vila with my older sister and our parents.
What do you like to do in your spare time? Any hobbies?
I really like to nap, but when I’m not sleeping I like listening to music, baking, photography or going swimming.
What do you study? Do you work?
I just graduated last May with a Marine Science degree from the University of Hawai’i at Hilo, and I am now working for the Environment Team at Wan Smolbag. I just started working with the team in November 2023 and I am really enjoying the role!
What do you aspire to do in the future?
When I have more experience under my belt, I would like to work more in documentation of the marine species that we have in Vanuatu, and more specifically Erromango.
What is a quote that you live by?
“Better out than in.” – Shrek (from Shrek 2).
He says it in relation to burping but I think it’s a really fun and insightful way of dealing with our emotions. I think it is good to be emotional and understand how we feel, but we also need to be able to share those emotions and let them out so they don’t just completely consume us. If you want to laugh, then laugh; if you want cry, then cry – but it’s better out than in.
How would you describe your style? Who influences your style?
I think recently I have been drawing more inspiration from the stars and trends of the late 90s and early 2000s. This was the media I consumed a lot of as a little girl and I think now being an adult, embracing the fashion from that era is purely nostalgic and a way of re-living that time in my life.
That being said, I am also heavily influenced by island-girl trends – jean shorts and little tops, but also big colourful dresses.
Why do you like fashion?
I like that it’s a way of expressing myself, I like that I can use it as a way to describe how I’m feeling internally without having to say anything at all.
I also like that fashion has been used historically, and is still a way of rebelling or revolting, i.e., women wearing trousers, women having pockets, wearing shirts or other pieces of apparel in support of a cause, wearing black on Thursdays to stand in solidarity with survivors of violence. It is a means of protesting in your everyday life.
What beauty products do you use?
I really like the scents from Eau des îles and have been wearing the ylang, pepper and sandalwood eau de toilette. I use a lot of coconut oil on my body but not on my hair, for that I use an argan oil hair cream and an avocado oil mousse.
I wear makeup sparingly cause it’s hot and I sweat too much to be doing all that, but when I do it’s usually just some mascara, concealer, blush and highlight. Lastly, my go-to product are my glasses so I can actually see what I look like before I go outside.
Any fashion tips?
If you are ever in a bind for what to wear, dress for comfort because you are way less likely to change your mind.
I’ll always say dress for comfort, but to really understand your style you should always try to go just a little bit outside of your comfort zone – try on a colour you don’t think suits you, try on a new silhouette, try on a piece of clothing you think is too daring, and if you really don’t like it then at least you tried.
What are three words you would use to describe yourself?
Smart, sure, and sassy.
What is something you love about yourself?
My brain, but she can be kind of annoying sometimes.
What is one thing you wish you could tell your younger self?
‘We’re going to spend the rest of our lives trying to figure it out, just enjoy all the nap times while you can.’
Photographer: JZ Photography
Assistant: Sharon Nicholls
Location: Cultural Centre, Saralana Park
This article was originally published in the January, 2024 edition of the Vanuatu Daily Post’s Life and Style Magazine.
We are proud partners with VDP and Sista’s time to implement this project which is covered by CARE Vanuatu.