In September, we are celebrating the lovely Lillyrose Welwel!  

Having worked in the media industry for over 10 years, Lilly brings a wealth of knowledge to the table as the President of Media Association of Vanuatu (MAV). 

She lives by the quote “treat others the way you want to be treated” and aims to inspire and encourage unity for the young people and Women of Vanuatu through her actions.  

A true role model, Lilly believes in embracing what makes you unique and having fun with it! 

#SistaGatStyle #Inspirational #Passionate #Mother #Strong #Humble #Beautiful 


Lillyrose Welwel


36 years old

Where are you from?

I am part Epi and Ambrym

Tell us about your family.

I have four siblings, one brother and three sisters. Being the eldest of the four had its challenges but it was great because I got to grow up with my uncles – which was fun!

What do you like to do in your spare time?  Any hobbies?

I love reading and I like a good docuseries! It can’t be any docuseries though, it has to be a crime docuseries, those are my favourite. I also love painting.

What do you study? Do you work?

I studied journalism and have been in the media industry for more than 10 years. I started off specifically covering international trade, economics, finance and business, later I studied human resource and business management. 

And I am currently the President of Media Association of Vanuatu (MAV).

What do you aspire to do in the future?

I aspire to work, whether in the Private or Public sector, and develop a better and safer future for our people. I want the work that we do to inspire and encourage unity for the young people and Women of Vanuatu, while also making sure I create a bright future for my children.

What is a quote that you live by?

“Treat others the way you want to be treated.”  

If I want people to respect me, I have to respect them first. If I want people to be honest, I have to be honest too. I apply this quote in everything I do, at work, in my personal life and relationships.

How would you describe your style?

My style is simple, down to earth, comfortable and most importantly, suits our unpredictable weather!

Why do you like fashion?

I like fashion because it’s a way to express yourself! You can express your personality through your clothing. If you want to boost your confidence, fashion is a great way to do that! I love changing up my wardrobe especially when I can fill it with pieces from my friends who are designers and tailors. 

Who influences your style?

No one in particular, to be honest. I draw inspiration from outfits or items of clothing I see on the internet, or on someone in town.

What beauty products do you use (including perfume)?

I don’t use a lot of products, I’m all about natural beauty and showcasing that as much as possible. I do like to use coconut oil and I’ll use Olympeia or Millionaire perfume on special occasions. 

Any fashion tips?  

Prioritize comfort before fashion, invest in what you can afford that suits your fashion style. Fashion should make you feel comfortable and uniquely you! 

What’s the most difficult thing you’ve had to face?

Losing two significant people at a point in my life when I needed all the support I could get. 

I had my daughter when I was 21 years old and after celebrating her first birthday, her father unfortunately passed away. A month later, my uncle who basically helped raise me, also passed away. So, I was a young mother, who wasn’t making much money, had lost the person who was financially supporting me and my daughter, and now I had to do all of this on my own. This period was very difficult for me. I had to figure out how to support my daughter and I on a small salary. What really got me through this was prayer, and motivating myself to step up, look after my daughter, sort out the bills and create a life for myself.  
At the same time, I was being pressured by the people around me to find another man so he could look after me and my daughter, but I wasn’t ready. I was still processing the loss of her father and figuring out what I needed to do. Looking back, my daughter was the main reason that pushed me through this difficult moment. I also realized that I didn’t need to fit society’s expectations.


What does being a Ni-Vanuatu mean to you?

Being a Ni-Vanuatu to me means, coming from a community where you’re allowed to express your opinions and thoughts freely. It means cherishing our culture and history, realizing that your friends become family and that you have family everywhere. There’s really no place like home!


What is something you love about yourself?

I love that I truly and wholeheartedly understand who I am as a person.

The difficult experience I went through has made me very open-minded, strong, decisive, and most importantly, understanding the importance of going through things alone. Whether it’s accomplishments, or challenges, the only person who will be there for you at the end of the day is yourself. When you understand and trust this, you’ll have so many opportunities to become better, do better and overall love yourself better.


Photographer: NYA Films
Nails: Arôm’essence Day Spa

Assistants: Elsie & Sharon
Location: Yumi Toktok Show Studio


This article was originally published in the September,2023 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.