Jaimeen Paramari Kenni
Where are you from?
I am a proud Melanesian. My father is from East Sepik, PNG and my mother is from South Green Point, Tanna Island. I was born in Port Vila and spent most of my childhood here but I have strong ties with both my cultures.
I am a Law student at USP Emalus Campus and I really enjoy it. I also sing in a group called Confliction. You could say it’s an occupation because it feels like work! We sit down once a month and each member is given a project with a deadline to complete it. It is very rewarding. The group of boys I sing with are inspiring role models and next month we are releasing a mix tape so keep an ear out for us.
Apart from music and school, I am also a part of the Vanuatu cricket family. I train with the elite girls every day during the week and on Saturdays we have our women’s club games. The sport is open to anyone who is interested in joining our growing family. The Vanuatu Women’s team will be travelling out on the 26th of April to compete in the 2017 EAP Qualifier in Japan. I wish them the best of luck.
Vanuatu Netball is also training very hard under the guidance of Head Coach Vanessa Laloyer and I am very proud to be a part of an amazing team of girls. The selection for the final team for the upcoming Mini Games takes place in August and I am excited to see who will be representing us.
How would you describe your style?
My style during the week is sporty chic, or mostly just sporty. Having to rush from classes to training has forced me to dress more conveniently.
The style I usually prefer is nicely cut clothing with vibrant colors but little or no prints and patterns. I love pairing khaki green slacks and jeans to a simple grey T-shirt. I own 3 pairs of khaki pants – they are my favourite.
When it comes to glamming up, I love a dress that fits nicely around my waist and lets me move comfortably. I just add a simple piece of jewelry to complete the look.
Where do you buy your clothes from?
My favorite clothing brands are Tempt and Bardot – they define my preferred style.
I also love shopping at Stret Price and Stanley Imports. They have some really great bargains if you know where to look.
Who influences your style?
I influence my own style. I find what makes me feel comfortable and I know what I look good in so I stick to that.
What beauty products do you use?
I use mascara and eyeliner and I sometimes fill in my brows because they are very spacey. I use coconut oil to highlight my face and use coconut balm on my lips.
I sometimes use concealer under my eyes when they are looking tired from a night of studying. When I’m training, I keep my face bare and only use moisturizer.
Any fashion advice?
Don’t wear what everyone else thinks is cool – wear what you think is cool. Use fashion to bring out your best qualities but don’t overdo it so the person that you are is hidden behind the clothes, make up and accessories. However if over-the- top is your thing, then go for it by all means. But just keep in mind that everyone is beautiful and you have nothing to hide – simple is more.
Hair, nails and makeup by Hair and Body Shop by Merly
Blue top and shorts provided by Etam
Photography by Nicky Kuautonga
This article was originally published in the Vanuatu Daily Post’s Life and Style magazine.