Director of the premier event Pacific Runway, Jannike Seiuli talks inclusivity in the world of fashion, the value of our cultural identities and staying true to oneself in the face of adversity.
To read more about her journey, make sure to get your copy of our first, Fashion Issue here.
From the Founder:
Talofa lava, Aloha, Hafa Adai, Malo o e lelei, Raam anim, Kia ora, Ia ora na, Ko na mauri mauri, Bula!
I’ve been a firm believer in our (women’s) right to pursue our passion and dreams without apology since I was a young girl. As a Pacific Islander woman, my role as a young woman raised close to my own traditional cultural practices and expectations frustrated me because I always felt that I wanted more than what was expected of someone of my background and upbringing.
My personal love for magazines inspired me to publish a magazine that would highlight and showcase Pacific Island women but the idea of starting a magazine at 22 years old was very intimidating.
Now, 13 years later, we’ve launched a physical publication and have interviewed numerous women and men who are the perfect representation I imagined when I dreamt of Lady Pasifika. We’ve been blessed to interview some amazing people who have each have graced us with their wisdom and support. I am extremely humbled by all the support we have received so far and I look forward to spreading our message of empowerment, support and living fearlessly.
We want to include all women of the Pacific in our publication and are seeking to tell the stories of our women today and of the past in order to guide our women of the future into the 21st century and beyond.