In November, we are celebrating Ms Talula-Fay Taribakeo!
A smart, young woman hailing from the islands of Ambae and Malekula, Talula’s humble yet bubbly personality shines through the minute you speak with her.
Talula is a big believer in human rights and her passion to create a safer society for girls and women, has been built off from unjust and unfair experiences she witnessed growing up. This passion led her to apply, and later successfully complete, the Young Women’s Leadership Program in 2021!
As a current YWLP Alumni and big sister to two younger sisters, she lives by this quote, “You are a warrior woman, fierce and fearless. You have a spirit that burns bright and a will that never breaks. You have a strength that overcomes obstacles and a resilience that endures hardships. You have a goal that is worth striving for and a voice that is worth listening to. Never back down from what you believe in and what you deserve. You are a warrior woman who can conquer anything.”
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24 years old
Where are you from?
I am part Ambae and part Malekula.
Tell us about your family?
My mother’s name is Pamina Taribakeo and my father’s name is Sergio Thomas, and I am the eldest of two siblings, Adaiya-Lay Taribakeo and Rahanna-Kay Taribakeo
I spent most of my childhood growing up in the Western part of Ambae. I love everything about my family because they are always there for me ready to support me when I need it.
What do you like to do in your spare time?
Music is my way to escape reality and feel at peace. Otherwise, I also love spending time with my family, cooking in the kitchen with my dad, and making plans with friends or my cousins.
I like to listen to music, take photos, play Basketball and Netball, and I love a good walk in nature.
What do you study? Do you work?
I have taken a few courses at Emalus Campus in Port Vila. But I mean, for me, every day I learn something new, and find my passion to help people in different spaces. My passion to help people, especially in our communities, led me to apply for and successfully complete the Young Women’s Leadership Program in 2021.
What do you aspire to do in the future?
Growing up, hearing about the cases around women and girls safety, and the crimes committed against them, it grew this sense of urgency to help create a safer society. A society where girls and women could walk the streets at night without their safety feeling threatened. So, I aspire to do just that – create a safer society for us to live in by learning from current events.
What is a quote that you live by?
“You are a warrior woman, fierce and fearless. You have a spirit that burns bright and a will that never breaks. You have a strength that overcomes obstacles and a resilience that endures hardships. You have a goal that is worth striving for and a voice that is worth listening to. Never back down from what you believe in and what you deserve. You are a warrior woman who can conquer anything.”
How would you describe your style?
I would describe my style as natural, down to earth with a hint of vintage.
Why do you like fashion?
I like fashion because I like to experiment with different looks and trends. I choose colour tones from nature because I can find it easy to combine them with other colours and create versatile outfits for different occasions.
Who influences your style?
My aunties have the most influence on my style, especially my Aunty Eliane. She has her own business – Eliane Passion Sewing and Designs – so I always have the best outfit for any occasions. Not forgetting the mamas from the Handicraft Market, and my uncle Robea in town where I go to pick my painted island dresses from.
What beauty products do you use (including perfume)?
Coconut oil and I prefer Vanilla scents when I choose a perfume. On occasion I will wear lipstick and pair it with a few accessories.
Any fashion tips?
Find your own style. Your fashion style reflects your personality, preferences, and mood. You can also experiment with different styles and trends that suit your taste and occasion. Play with colours as it can have a big impact on how you look and feel.
To add some color to your outfit, start with a bold colorful piece and keep the rest of your outfit neutral, or you can mix and match different colors that complement each other.
What does being a woman mean to you?
Being a woman means having the courage and determination to overcome challenges and barriers that may come your way. It means having the support and inspiration of both women and men who share your struggles and aspirations. It means having the skills and talents to contribute to your family, community, and country. It means having the vision and passion to create positive and lasting change in the world.
What does being a Ni-Vanuatu mean to you?
Being a Ni-Vanuatu means being part of a diverse and rich culture that has a long and complex history. It means being proud of your identity, heritage, and traditions, and being open to new influences and opportunities. It means being connected to the land, the sea, and the sky, and respecting the natural environment and its resources.
Being a Ni Vanuatu girl is a journey of self-discovery, growth, and empowerment. It means having dreams and aspirations and being curious and creative. It means wanting to learn more about the world beyond Vanuatu, and to explore new ideas and possibilities.
It is a journey that I share with my family, my community, and leaders who inspire me with their courage, strength, and wisdom. It is a journey that I hope will lead me to a brighter and better future.
What is one thing you wish you could tell your younger self?
I wish I could tell my younger self to be curious and explore the world of knowledge and creativity. There are so many things to learn and discover, and so many ways to express oneself.
Assistant: Sharon Nicholls
Location: Pacific Lagoon Apartments
This article was originally published in the November, 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.