Malaika Firth: I wasn't always into fashion
Malaika Firth had no interest in clothes before she became a model.
The Kenyan-born British fashion star is one of the hottest names in the industry right now. During the recent Fashion Week shows she walked for the likes of Salvatore Ferragamo in Milan, Burberry Prorsum in London and Tommy Hilfiger in New York.
While wearing amazing creations is now an everyday occurrence for Malaika, this wasn’t always the case.
“I didn't like clothes before I was a model. I dressed like a clown in colourful clothes and had a huge collection of trainers,” Malaika admitted to British newspaper The Telegraph. “I used to hate shopping. My mum would drag me to the shops but I'd just be looking in the mirror, dancing.
“Now I mostly wear black. If it's not black it's grey; if it's not grey it's navy. I try to be more sophisticated - I think the transition has been a part of growing up.”
As well as her newfound appreciation for clothes, modelling is also helping with Malaika’s confidence.
The 20-year-old admits she can find Fashion Week stressful, and has her mum come to every show she walks in.
“Modelling can knock your confidence because people are constantly looking at your pictures, how you eat and how you dress. But I think my confidence is growing back - I feel stronger. This is me and this is how I am,” she smiled.
In addition to walking for some of the world’s biggest fashion houses, Malaika is no stranger to fronting high end campaigns either. She’s previously shot for Prada, Valentino and Burberry.
Her job takes her all over the world, something the style star is eternally grateful for.
“My life right now is luxury to me. I'm travelling a lot, which I couldn't afford to do if I wasn't doing this job. It's such a blessing. Sometimes I find myself smiling because I'm so happy,” she revealed.