Vaimalama "Vai" Chaves from Tahiti was crowned Miss France 2019 on December 15, 2018 while a TV audience of over eight million watched.
Vai is 23 and holds a master’s degree in management and customer relations. She is the first Tahitian crowned as Miss France since Mareva Galanter in 1999. Before devoting herself fully to her role as Miss Tahiti, she was community manager in a gym and aims to one day become a marketing professor.
She heavily advocates for the education of youth. "That's the way we change the world," she says.
Vai will now represent France in the 2019 Miss World competition.