Today we’d like to introduce you to Malama Kamara-Madej.
Malama, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
I was born in New York and raised in West Africa (Guinea). As a child, I dreamed of becoming a model but because of being brought up as a Muslim girl, I wouldn’t dare say it out loud. But after I came to the U.S I still didn’t give up. Went to college and I was working at the same time. When my family kick me out, it motivated me to do what I dreamt of, I begin my modeling career and I loved it. I moved to LA to pursue modeling and acting. I Have faced a lot of challenges but I survived. I love being a model and I have no regrets.
Has it been a smooth road?
It’s hasn’t been a smooth road. I had to face some struggles but the worst was when my family couldn’t except that am a model. A lot has been said but I expected that much. Hahaa. All African models that are Muslim will all agree on this one.
Being a model, you have to get used to hearing no, out of ten you probably might hear nine no’s and sometimes it breaks your heart but, as you spend more time in this industry, you learn not to take it at heart. Black girls are not represented well in this industry and still a lot of black models struggle with including me. Sometimes I get told to wear a wig cause my hair is big. Don’t get me wrong I like wearing wig but I don’t want to be judge by my natural hair.
We’d love to hear more about your work and what you are currently focused on. What else should we know?
I am a model and an actress. I am proud of coming this far and living the life I wanted but I still have to keep moving ahead. And what sets me apart from others is that I don’t give up.
Is our city a good place to do what you do?
I feel like LA is a good place to be a model because there are all kinds of model work you can do. They are a lot of commercial works, prints, high fashion, extras and even gigs.
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