Malaika Firth: I'm a positive influence
Malaika Firth thinks young people are lacking positive mentors.
The 21-year-old model was born in Kenya but moved to Britain with her family when she was seven. They struggled massively for money until Malaika's career really took off, meaning she could help her parents out.
With a 113,000 strong following on Instagram, the fashion star can share her views and snippets from her day with fans everywhere. And while she's not perfect, she hopes to make a change in the right direction.
"I’m still young, and I like to drink and party, but I do feel like I am becoming a positive influence. I want to impact people with positivity, not negativity," she explained to elleuk.com. "My generation is not afraid to be who we want to be, but we need more mentors who can tell us that it’s going to be fine and to just keep moving up."
That's certainly what Malaika is doing - she's modelled for Burberry and was the second black model after Naomi Campbell to be cast in a Prada campaign.
Still, she feels she has a long way to go and is always searching for her own idols in the industry.
"I look up to Cara [Delevingne] and Jourdan [Dunn] and I got really excited about modelling for Burberry because they were also doing it," she grinned.
But it's not just runway's fresh faces who inspire her. The star also looks up to some of the industry's most iconic women.
"I have a lot of respect for Naomi Campbell, Kate Moss and Iman," Malaika added. "Especially how they have managed to keep it all together and are still doing well, because it’s really hard. They are really strong women."