A young woman as driven as she is beautiful – Rosina’s story is quite a touching one. From being displaced as a child repeatedly to finally finding a loving family and a second home at her church. Now a strong and resilient young woman, she wants to empower other women and girls who have had a similar journey.
Rosina enjoys being creative, from sewing her own clothes to producing films, including featuring her own production in the ‘Namatan Film Festival’. With her contagious laugh and a hunger for knowledge and learning, Rosina lives by her favorite quote – ‘Life is a one time offer, use it wisely!’
Where are you from?
Banks and Malekula.
Tell us about your family?
My biological father is from Ureparapara from the Banks group and my biological mother is from Malekula and Pentecost. I was raised by my grandparents and my adoptive parents. I am so grateful to God for my grandparents and adoptive parents, they entered my life at a time when I really needed help. I grew up moving from house to house since birth. Surely God has a purpose for me because he led me to a loving and caring home.
What do you like to do in your spare time?
Church is like a second home to me. Thus, I spend most of my spare time there doing church activities. Apart from that, I also have my own sewing business that helps me financially by generating extra income.
I love anything to do with media, especially film productions. When I am not doing that, I like to do flower arrangements and fabric decorations for my church.
What did you study?
From 2016 to 2019 I undertook a Mechanical Engineering Program course at the University of the South Pacific (USP). However, I was unable to complete the course due to financial reasons. Since then, I’ve participated in numerous media trainings funded by the Pacific Media Assistance Scheme (PACMAS), Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) and Media Association blong Vanuatu (MAV).
Do you work?
I am currently working at Sista as a Project Officer.
What do you aspire to do in the future?
I would love to one day be able to inspire young women who have had similar childhood experiences to mine. I want to show them that what life has thrown at them is not all there is for them. I want them to know that they can achieve an extraordinary life no matter their current living conditions.
What is a quote that you live by?
“Life is a one-time offer, use it wisely.” – Unknown
How would you describe your style?
Unique, simple and smart.
Why do you like fashion?
Because fashion portrays my personality, it is a way for me to express myself.
Who influences your style?
I cannot mention one person as there are a lot of women who have inspired my style. It is mostly women from my church and my aunties.
What beauty products do you use (including perfume)?
Like most Ni-Vanuatu girls, I only use coconut oil and cooling aloe lotion to moisturize my skin.
Any fashion tips?
How you dress portrays who you are.
What are three words you would use to describe yourself?
Blessed, Energetic and Strong.
What is something you love about yourself?
I am not a quitter; I never stop trying even when there seems to be no other way.
What is your biggest fear?
My biggest fear is failure.
Make-up: Hair & Body Shop
Photographer: Nicki Kuautonga
Assistant: Umi Nompavos
This article was originally published in the Vanuatu Daily Post’s February 2022 Life and Style magazine edition.