Lehina is one of those girls who just has the ‘IT’ factor. She is the kind of person who is not afraid to get dirty on the rugby field and in the same breath, rock a gorgeous dress made by her mama and strut the sidewalk. Lehina is the girl whose smile is noticed by everyone in the room and who has a laugh that is truly the South Pacific – cheeky, sweet and loud. Shot at USP and Power House Performance, watch Lehina slay all the way. #AelanQueen #IslandGoddess #ItGirl
20 years old.
Where are you from?
I am a Ni-Vanuatu born gel, but of a unique mix of the South Pacific, my father being Ni-Vanuatu and Solomon Islander and my mother being full Samoan.
What do you aspire to do in the future?
I have always pictured myself (even from a young age) helping people. Helping people makes me happy and is an important aspect to consider especially in regards to everyday life. I have hopes of becoming a Humanitarian after University and using my knowledge and legal understanding in not only helping those in need, but improving education and healthcare within my country.
What do you like to do in your spare time?
Social interaction between family, peers and my small community is important to me, as their wellbeing and happiness is of significant importance to me. Sports has also played an important role in my life, as it not only keeps me physically healthy and active but has also taken me places and taught me a lot about myself and my capabilities. So if I’m not caught up with in a lecture class or out hanging with my friends, you’ll most likely find me at the netball courts or rugby field.
What do you study?
I am currently studying Law at the University of the South Pacific.
How would you describe your style?
In terms of fashion, I would describe my sense of style as being casual. I believe clothing can define and say a lot about anyone as a person. Therefore I try my best to look neat and presentable, as you never know whom you may run into. Flats, skinny jeans and a blouse are a go-to look for me.
Where do you buy your clothes from?
Believe it or not, you can find the latest trends within our local thrift-shops, so I tend to buy from thrift-stores. However, every now and then I purchase clothing from Roxy, Billabong and American Fashion. In terms of formal wear, my mother designs and tailors my dresses.
Who influences your style?
I draw inspiration from Pacific Island patterns and apparels. The unique shape or colours of a flower or plant are also sources in I draw inspiration from. Long story short, I am influenced by big, bold and beautiful designs or colours, just anything that visually screams beautiful.
What beauty products do you use?
I am your typical Pacific Islander girl, nothing too fancy. Just a good long-lasting Body & Face Moisturising cream, with a little Mascara here and there to bring out my beautiful eyes. Last but not least, a few sprays of Perfume, you know, to smell nice.
Any fashion advice?
Be bold, be simple, be comfortable but most importantly be you. As that’s the only thing any of us are good at doing, being ourselves.
Assistant stylist: Irene Abbock
Photographer: Nicky Kuautonga
Hair, nails and makeup: Body and Soul
This article was originally published in the September edition of the Vanuatu Daily Post Life and Style magazine