Tania Calvo – Sista Gat Style

To end 2021 on a high note, we are featuring the young up and coming entrepreneur Tania Calvo. This year Tania made a lot of noise – from modeling for two fashion shows including Sista’s ‘Yumi Gat Style’ in September and VPride’s ‘Yumi kala Yumi go’ and coming out as an artist and starting up her own business. With a diverse ethic background, Tania has a passion for arts and culture, particularly Vanuatu art and culture. A believer in being one’s true self unapologetically, Tania is making big waves by following her own mantra, which is “Always be your true self.”

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Name

Tania Calvo

Age 

19

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Where are you from?

My father is part Italian and part Chinese, my mother is from Nguna and Italy.

Tell us about your family?

I could never have asked for a better family. I have very loving and supportive parents, two older brothers who treat me like their baby and their best friend. 

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What do you like to do in your spare time?  Any hobbies? 

I like to read to open up my mind and broaden my knowledge. I also love listening to custom stories from the past, Vanuatu has such a rich culture. 

What do you study? Do you work? 

I have started my own little business based off of my art; I make and sell paintings as well as painting my designs onto clothes for people.

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What do you aspire to do in the future?

I aspire to expand my art and fashion design business. I would like to have a boutique to display and sell my designs. 

What is a quote that you live by?

“Always be your true self.” – Unknown

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How would you describe your style? Why do you like fashion?

Classy and edgy. 

Who influences your style?

Me, myself and I. I have always dressed however I choose and however I feel, never according to anyone or anything else, and I believe everyone should do the same.

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What beauty products do you use? 

I don’t really use any beauty products, but when it comes to perfumes I have a collection, my top two favourites are Gucci and Versace.

Any fashion tips? 

Dress the way you feel your best.

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What are three words you would use to describe yourself?

Funny, Hardworking and kind.

What is something you love about yourself?

I love that when I put my mind to something, I excel at it. And the fact that I don’t give up.

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What is one thing you wish you could tell your younger self?

I would tell myself to stop looking down on myself and to never give up.

What is your greatest accomplishment?

Perfecting my artwork. I have  been painting for as long as I can remember and it has been very empowering to see my art get better and better. 

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Photographer: Niki Kuautonga

Assistant: Umi Nompavos


This article was originally published in the Vanuatu Daily Post’s December 2021 Life and Style magazine edition.

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