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Marie Louise Milne, also known as Malou, is a force to be reckoned with. The strong and unbreakable woman is the newly appointed chairwoman of town planning in Port Vila Municipality who is not afraid to use her brains and not ashamed to celebrate her island beauty. The young leader and mother is challenging boundaries and showing that yes – A WOMAN CAN DO ANYTHING! #WomensLeadership
Marie Louise Milne
28 years old
Where are you from?
As born and bred Shefarians my family are all descendants from a certain tribe passed on from the late Chief Roi Mata. I am from the Naflak tribe at Eton village. And yes, I do have a fair skin proudly inherited from my dad’s side of the family, as his father is Scottish French and his mum originated from the Savoi family.
What do you aspire to do in the future?
Firstly, I love my home country Vanuatu. As the newly appointed chairwoman of the Port Vila town, it is my obligation and my duty to plan to do the best possible service within my power in ensure maximum health, safety, convenience and general welfare of our community for both living and working environment.
What do you like to do in your spare time?
Like any other women in leadership, my spare time is most likely a communal composition time, where I drive my family out of town and into the hearts of the Rarru Rentapau community. I like to draw a fair margin between my family and community. It is essential to spent time with my pikininis and my partner during the morning, doing a bit of cleaning, gardening and swimming at the Rarru cascades and in the afternoon that is when I have my community time with a shell of kava and reason discussions based on community developments.
What do you study?
I have previously graduated with a Bachelor of Accounting and Management of Enterprise during the year 2007 at the Ecole Colardeau, Port Vila.
How would you describe your style?
I like to see myself in dark colors but I generally wear clothes according to each event attended. For instance, during meetings I would wear a formal dress and oh yes! Definitely wear a beautiful Island dress for a wedding ceremony.
Where do you buy your clothes from?
My Tahitian/ Polynesian dresses are sewn by Demie (jr) Tailoring, a Filipino tailor located just opposite Rapid Electrics. I am also a fan of the second hand shop at ‘Stret Price’ down town.
Who influences your style?
Hmmm let’s just say I am a proud Islander and Island style is practically my style (Ha! Ha!). Most importantly Island beauty is what I wear best.
What beauty products do you use?
I am not much of a beauty product person in general. To be honest, I like to wear a certain type of lipstick and I do not use that much mascara either. But I do use a lot of Monoi oil for skin toning of course *Wink wink*, basically because living in the Pacific Islands there is a lot of sunlight exposure and I believe Monoi oil or any other natural body oil helps skin care and protection from these everyday skin challenges.
Any fashion advice?
Don’t worry about what others may think about you, so long as your comfortable in your own skin is what matters most!
Stylist: Irene Abbock
Hair, beauty, nails: Body and Soul Vanuatu
Photographer: Nicky Kuautonga
This article was originally published in the May edition of the Vanuatu Daily Post Life and Style magazine