Mala Bryan is an international model, represented by ICE Models, and entrepreneur, raised in the Caribbean. As a doll collector, Mala felt that it was very difficult to find ethnic dolls to diversify her collection, and so she took things into her own hands, and launched her own brand, called the Malaville Debut Collection. Mala’s doll collection is made up of four ladies – Mala, Maisha, Malina, and Mhina – each with their own skin tone, eye shape, facial features, authentic hair, and unique wardrobe.
In her modelling career, Mala has most recently appeared in the Foschini Group’s Women’s Day campaign, but has modelled for brands such as the Bokeh South Africa International Fashion Film Festival, Eucerin Skin Care, Mille Collines, and Moyo by Bibi, amongst many others.
What gets you out of bed in the morning?
Usually having to deal with my Chinese manufacturer about my doll business. I’m usually up from around 5am chatting with them, and I usually just stay awake after that.
What’s your single biggest goal for the year ahead?
To have my dolls sold by a huge retailer in the USA and Europe.
What advice would you give your 10-year old self?
I‘d advise her to trust her gut, at all times, and not to allow people to convince her to do things that she will regret later. I’d say, ‘don’t do it, stay true to you’.
Are there any women that you would like to give a shout out to?
I would like to give a shout out to all the women out there who really, truly, and genuinely support other women, and do what they can to see other women succeed.
Also, to Tania Roussow, for seeing potential in me and giving me an opportunity to be me, just when I was about to give in.
And finally, to Pride Maunatlala, for being a woman who genuinely wants other women to rise.
What makes you proud to be amongst South African women?
I love the sense of togetherness I feel from other South African women. I’m from the Caribbean, but I feel that South African women have given me a very warm welcome, and made me feel like I’m one of their own.
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Photographer: Jonathon Ferreira
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