Raised on a plantation, Dominique’s family has been in Vanuatu for four generations. Fluent in French, English and Bislama, Dominique’s favorite quote is “All I know is that I know nothing”. She says that this quote is a daily reminder for her to stay humble and to remember that she is a simple human being learning her way through life one step at a time.
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Dominique Savoie Seagoe
Where are you from?
I would love to just say “Earth” when I get asked this, because in the end we are all one people no matter our heritage and colour of our skin, so this question is never an easy one for me, but I will give you the answer I always give: “I’m from Vanuatu, I’m 4th generation and have grown up here my whole life. My grandfather was British born on Iririki island and my grandmother was French born in New Caledonia but grew up in Malekula, hence why I’ve been speaking English, French & Bislama from a young age.
Tell us about your family?
My great grandfather was the first British police commissioner to arrive in the New Hebrides back in the day. My grandparents were farmers and had properties in Bukura, South Santo and Undine bay with livestock and coconut plantations.
My mum raised me as a single mother with my grandparents on one of those plantations. She’s been teaching English as a second language for over 20 years in Port-Vila. I feel very grateful to have a stepfamily that came into my life in my later teenage years that brought me in as their own and got a new brother and sister who I adore as I’m originally an only child.
What do you like to do in your spare time?
I like to meditate, read and journal write. I also love any sport that gets your body moving in or out of the water.
What did you study? Do you work?
I have a Bachelor’s degree in International Trade. I’ve just started working at Sista as their Senior Project Officer and am also providing marketing services for Top Signs.
What do you aspire to do in the future?
To leave something behind me that would benefit humanity. I have no idea how or what but that’s my intention.
What is a quote that you live by?
“All I know is that I know nothing”. – This is my daily reminder to stay humble. To acknowledge that I am simply a human being learning my way through this life one step at a time, and to do this I am learning as I go every single day, whether this is at the workplace or for my personal research.
How would you describe your style?
I would say that my style is quite simple. To my family’s surprise I don’t put in much thought to what I wear. I literally put on anything I feel comfortable in and manage to somehow match colours together. I never plan in advance what I’m going to wear the next day because my mood will always change.
Who influences your style?
My washing machine haha no honestly no one I just go with my gut feeling in that moment. I also love to borrow (and never give back…) my friends & little sister’s clothes!
What beauty products do you use?
Just a daily SPF moisturizer. If it’s a special occasion, I’ll put some mascara and maybe some eyeliner depending on the event. I used to put foundation on everyday back in New Caledonia for a while there and it didn’t do my skin any good, so now the less I have on the better.
Any fashion tips?
Just be your most authentic self-possible.
What’s the most difficult thing you’ve had to face?
What is one thing you wish you could tell your younger self?
Listen to your heart. Whether this is life, career or relationship choices. Always listen to your heart as the real YOU always knows best to never succumb to exterior peer pressure. Just because everyone else is doing or just because it’s been done before doesn’t make it right. “The mind has no answers, and the heart has no questions.”
Assistant: Umi Nompavos
Photographer: Nicky Kuautonga
This article was originally published in the May edition of the Vanuatu Daily Post Life and style magazine.