Election Miss & Mister Gauguin 2019

Hello dear high school students !!!

The election of Miss and Mister Gauguin returns for a new edition. This year the election takes a new turn. Miss and Mister Gauguin is not a show anymore, it's a competition. Indeed, candidates will no longer be judged on their external appearance but also on their way of thinking and acting. This new formula allows candidates to be heard, to have the opportunity to share their experience and to express themselves on the causes and values they support.

At the time of writing these lines, 10 candidates: 5 girls and 5 boys are competing for the title of Miss and Mister Gauguin 2019. These 10 candidates are coached by the team of the election committee. They are trained to adopt a confident attitude on stage but also in everyday life. They learn to intelligently develop their responses to have a more influential impact. During this preparation, they will participate in communication workshops where they will meet well-known personalities who will teach them how to use social networks and influence society to behave properly.

We met for you these 10 candidates. We asked them about ten questions to know them better, to discover their projects and the values they defend.

Let's discover together the contestants for Miss and Mister Gauguin 2019 !!




Hereata CHARPENTIER, 16 years old, year 12 STMG, candidate 1

Journal Moe : A few words to describe you...

Hereata : I would say gentle and a girl who has a big heart and a strong character too.

JMoe : Why did you want to take part in the contest “Miss and Mister Gauguin” ?

H : First of all, I wanted to take part in the contest on a whim. It was just for fun but after I saw it as an experience which should bring me more self-confidence and make me live a wonderful adventure.

JMoe : Is it your first beauty contest?

H : No, I already took part in “Miss middle school of Paea” when I was in Year 9.

JMoe : Are you apprehensive about the coming contest?

H : Yes, as everybody. We all have a little stress because of the contest. We don’t say it but everyone is wondering “who will win?”. There is always that between us.

JMoe : How do you consider the other contestant? Like opponents? Friends ?

H : I really consider them like friends because we told us to consider them like that since the preparation of the adventure. But for the big day of course we will be opponents. But we will always stay friends.

JMoe : What are your goals for this contest?

H : First of all, it is not to win. I don’t want to win. But a part of me as everybody wants to win but it is not especially my goal. I just want to get my message across and have fun.

JMoe : What will be your reaction if you learn that you win?

H : I think that I will cry and I will jump into the arms of our coach because it is thanks to her that I take part in the contest.

JMoe : Do you think you have your chance?

H : Yes I think I have my chance as everybody, as all the contestants. We all have our chance. We all are nice and pretty.

JMoe : What actions would you like to implement if you are elected?

H : The action that I fight agaisnst is the absenteeism and the school dropout. I would like to reduce the rate of absenteeism and try to make sure that there is no more school dropout or maybe even more at all. So it will be my principal action if I am elected. But another action will be the suicide, harassment, the causes that the other contestants stand for.

JMoe : What values would you like to convey?

H : The value I would like to convey is the self-love like the other contestants. We all have common points, we all want to share the same values: the self-confidence, the love of self, and the courage because we need a lot of courage to take part in a contest like that. It is very hard.

JMoe : A last message to share to the students?

H : I would say to the students, in relation to my cause, to continue their studies because yes it is hard, yes sometimes we let go but goals must be set, dreams too and do everything to reach them.

Hereata Charpentier, candidate 1 élection Miss Gauguin
Hereata Charpentier, candidate 1



Maryline Vanaa, 16 years old, year 12 STMG, candidate 2

Journal Moe : A few words to describe you…

Maryline : Gentle, pretty and polite.


JMoe : Why did you want to take part in this contest “Miss and Mister Gauguin” ?

M : I wanted to participate in this contest, simply because since I was little I have always wanted to run as a candidate for this kind of contest. But also, because to me, a miss is a person who supports values that are important to her. And who is beautiful inside and outside.

JMoe : Is it your first beauty contest ?

M : Yes.


JMoe : Are you apprehensive about the coming contest ?

M : Yes, I’m a little stressed because it’s the first time that I participate in this kind of contest.

JMoe : How do you consider the other candidates ? Like opponents ? Like friends ?

M : In rehearsals, like opponents but apart the contest, like friends.

JMoe : What are your goals for this contest ?

M : My goals for this contest are to help people gaining self-confidence and teaching them to love themselves before loving others.

JMoe : What would be your reaction if you learned that you have won ?

M : I would be super happy but I would say that I will have more responsibilities too. So I will have to improve and progress.

JMoe : Do you think you have your chance ?

M : (She laughs) Yes still but the other candidates also have their chances. Because we are candidates who support values that are important for us and we are all beautiful inside.

JMoe : What actions would you like to implement if you are elected ?

M : I don’t know yet but in any case I will want to support the president of representatives of Paul Gauguin in his plans.

JMoe : What values would you like to convey ?

M: Education, voluntary work and as I said, the fact to love ourselves before loving other.

JMoe : A last message to share to the students ?

M : Yes, I would like to tell the high school students : Don’t pay attention to criticisms and prejudices. We have to trust each other and see what is most important to us. And don’t forget, love yourself before loving others.

Maryline Vanaa, candidate 2, élection Miss Gauguin
Maryline Vanaa, candidate 2


Vahiana PENLAE, 17 years old, year 13 taking science subjects, candidate 3


Journal Moe : A few words to describe you…

Vahiana : I think about determination, perseverance and kindness.

Moe : Why did you want to take part in this contest “Miss and Mister Gauguin” ?

V : It is to make my parents proud of me and to get self-confidence.

Moe : Is it your first beauty contest ?

V : Yes.

JMoe : Are you apprehensive about the coming contest ?

V : Yes, I am a bit a apprehensive because this year, the contest has changed. We have to be better at speaking so it makes me stressed a little, but I will train myself for it.

JMoe : How do you consider the other candidates ? Like opponents ? Like friends ?

V : Honestly, they are friends because from the beginning there have been a kind of a really friendly relationship between everyone, and it is very awesome.

JMoe : What are your goals for this contest ?

V : First, I want to give my best and of course it is still a competition so why not being Miss Paul Gauguin 2019.

JMoe : What would be your reaction if you learned that you have won ?

V : I think I would be really proud of me, as well as my parents and my friends.

JMoe : Do you think you have your chance ?

V : I think that everyone has his chance because this year, physical aspect isn’t the only criteria taken in consideration.

JMoe : What actions would you like to implement if you are elected ?

V : I would like to help Rai, the President of representatives of Paul Gauguin High School and President of the council of pupils of French Polynesia, in his plans. I also would like to set up prevention of dropping out of school to avoid it.

JMoe : What values would you like to convey ?

V : So, me, I like sport so I would like to balance the chances of athletes with handicaps and normal athletes.

JMoe : A last message to share to the students ?

V : Enjoy every time of your life because we live only once and life is precious.

Vahiana Penlae, candidate 3 élection Miss Gauguin
Vahiana Penlae, candidate 3