Although I dream of working, I am unable to at the moment because I have to take care of my four year old son. He needs fulltime care as he is severely disabled. As a single mother, it can be difficult because we rely on the kindness of others and the occasional work I can get from cooking, cleaning or looking after other children. When I do these jobs, my son is usually with me. One day, I would like to be a singer.
Where you from?
I am from Tongoa and Ambae.
How would you describe your style?
When I’m at home, I just wear whatever I want, but when I go out, I make sure that I look nice and that my son looks nice too. I want to show people that we are exactly the same as everyone else and like wearing nice clothes too.
Where do you buy your clothes from?
I buy most of my clothes second hand. The dress I am wearing now is from Stret Price and the shoes were given to me by my sister. My jewellery is usually from the Chinese store but I made this bracelet. Sometimes people will give clothes to my son and I.
Who influences your style?
My favourite singer is a European lady called Maria Garate. She inspires me in every way.
What beauty products do you use?
I use coconut oil for my hair and skin. I also get makeup and nail polish from the Chinese shops. I like my nails to match my jewellery and clothes.
Any fashion advice?
My advice to all the mothers who have disabled children is not to feel ashamed or shy to wear nice clothes. You have every right to look good and feel good, so always take care of yourself. Make sure that you take care and dress your child nicely as well – when you love your baby, so many blessings will come your way, as disabled children are God’s special gifts to teach us how to love unconditionally.
This article was originally published in the Vanuatu Daily Post’s Life and Style magazine.