This month we welcome and celebrate Jessica who originates from Santo – Vanuatu’s largest Island and currently resides at Mele Village with her parents. A mother of a two-year-old daughter who is independent, confident and mentally strong, Jessica feels blessed to be a woman and encourages other women to embrace the beauty and power of womanhood.
Jessica has her own sewing business that she operates from her house which generates income for her and her little family. She started taking orders from her clients when she was 18 years old. Her sewing business is already a testimony of her living her dreams but she continues to manifest her vision further with the hope of one day setting up her own clothing boutique shop.
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Where are you from?
I am from Santo.
Tell us about your family?
I am a mother of a two year old daughter and I live in one of the biggest villages in Efate with my child and my parents. My partner is traveling to Australia as a Seasonal Worker Program (SWP). I have three brothers, the eldest brother lives in Australia, the second brother is based at Santo and working at the Pacific Dive, and the youngest brother is also part of the Seasonal Worker Program (SWP). Our father holds a position in our church community as a pastor and our mother is a dedicated housewife.
What do you like to do in your spare time?
During my spare time I like to take naps. My main hobby is sewing.
What do you study or do for work?
I left school at year 11 and from there I pursued business management and completed short courses at the Chamber of Commerce, and I also had the opportunity to register at Youth Challenge. I can confidently say that I am very busy during the week with my sewing business, especially having to receive regular orders from clients living in Port Vila.
What do you aspire to do in the future?
I want to have my own boutique.
What is a quote that you live by?
One quote that I live by is “Seek ye first the kingdom and his righteousness and all these things shall be added unto you.”
How would you describe your style?
I would describe my style as unique. I can spot my own design if someone wears it from a distance. The reason why I love fashion, because from my own knowledge, society body shames women of all sizes, particularly larger bodied women.
Fashion is not about the shape of your body – it’s about the confidence you put in it. I would also say that fashion positively changes my mood when I feel sad or have negative thoughts about myself.
Who influences your style?
I love the African Style. They are the ones that influence my style.
What beauty products do you use?
I usually use coconut oil and lady million perfume.
Any fashion tips?
All women and girls who want to wear whatever clothes they want but are afraid of the stigma due to their body shape or age, do not worry because the fashion industry has no age and weight limit in it.
What are three words you would use to describe yourself?
Independent, Confident and mentally strong.
What does being a woman mean to you?
Being a woman is a blessing. You can create a life inside of you. If you are a single mother, you can play two roles in your baby’s life, the role of a mother and a father as well. Your body is a powerful tool because your body can transform and adapt in any situation, an example is pregnancy. The body of a woman is more capable and resilient than the body of a man.
What is your greatest accomplishment?
My sewing business is something that I have accomplished this far. I started sewing when I was 18 years old and it has been 4 years since I have been sewing and designing. When I was a little girl, I have always dreamt of making my own clothes and today I can honestly admit that I have achieved it to a point where I did not only sew my own clothes but for other people also.
Photographer: Starlight Photography
Make-up: Hair & Body Shop
Assistant: Rosina Kaimbang
About the Designer
Jessica designs all her stylish outfits, if you want to wear one of her designs, she is open to any orders. Check out all her designs on her Facebook page Sew Soul and you can contact her on 7719481/5406392 to place your orders.
This article was originally published in the September,2022 edition of the Vanuatu Daily Post’s Life and Style magazine.
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