“Being a young mother means I met you a little early, but it means I get to love you a little longer.” – unknown
As a young mother of 2 year old Leliani Langdale, Umi Nompavos is dedicated to being the best person she can be for her daughter despite all the challenges that life throws at her. A lover of music, an emerging activist, a social butterfly with a big mouth and a big heart to match, Umi and Leilani show off their beautiful relationship in this photo shoot at Vanuatu’s family place Messy Haos.
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Umi Nompavos and Lailani Langdale
Where are you from?
My mother is from the Solomon Islands and my biological father is from Japan, but I always say I am partly from Erromango island because I was raised by my awesome step-dad who is from Erromango and who I consider to be my dad.
Tell us about your family?
I am the second of eight siblings. Yeah have quite a big family and now I have a small family of my own. I have a two year old daughter.
What do you like to do in your spare time? Any hobbies?
I like to make my own art
What do you study? Do you work?
Yes I work at Sista as the Communications, Advocacy and Events officer.
What do you aspire to do in the future?
Right now I am not sure. I do know it has something to do with advocating for women’s rights.
What is a quote that you live by?
“For every dark night, there is a brighter day” –Tupac Shakur
How would you describe your style? Why do you like fashion?
My style is usually just jean shorts and a crop top or a T-shirt. But when I feel like getting a little ‘extra’ I like to wear dresses or high-waist skirts or jeans with off-shoulder tops. I like fashion because to me there are no rules! I can pretty much wear whatever (even if people say “they don’t go” haha)
Who influences your style?
My style is usually influenced by the women around me or whatever that is trending on social media (But often I can’t find new style clothing that is affordable for me in Vila)
What beauty products do you use (including perfume)?
I don’t usually have a preference for beauty products, I just use whatever is available and make it work.
What are three words you would use to describe yourself?
Loud, Energetic and funny
What is something you love about yourself?
I love my ability to be able to pick myself up after being down no matter how bad the situation I am in is.
What is your biggest fear?
I’ve been afraid of drowning since I was a kid.
Photographer: Nicky Kuautonga
This article was originally published in the February edition of the Vanuatu Daily Post Life and Style magazine.