name: malaya mekonnen
occupation: journalism student, freelance writer and occasional model
What three words best describe your style?
Cosy, calm, transitional
What is your favorite go-to look?
A funky shirt and some levi’s. I have a relatively serious obsession with denim, particularly jeans. I also really like loose fitting sheer dress shirts and my mum has passed me down some from the 80’s that I can’t wait to debut on a night out haha.
Who is your style icon(s)?
Sarr jamois, Diana Ross and Adwoa Aboah for sure.
What are your favorite brands/places to shop?
Ebay has been my first love since forever but I‘ve recently started thrifting more often, mostly at charity shops. GoodHood is great though.
Favorite song and/or album at the moment?
Out Yo Way- Migos
Where is your favorite spot to eat in London?
Tooting Daily Naan has the best Naan I have ever experienced. I usually get the potato naan or the cheese naan which is amazing.
If you had the chance to fly anywhere in the world right now, where would you go?
Marrakesh! Then to Dakar and then to Havana and then Rio.
Name one thing someone would be surprised to know about you.
I was a dedicated member of the chess club in high school.
What is one guilty pleasure you enjoy too much to give up?
Trashy talk shows and reality tv. I inherited it from my mum
If you had to change your name, what would you change it to?
Zeina. It’s got a rad meaning and sounds like the name of a superhero.
What do you think about more than anything else?
How many hours I’m going to sleep that night
Where do you see yourself 5 years from now?
Hopefully writing for a magazine I love and perhaps even making documentaries
If you were a season, which would you be & why?
Spring cause I’m always sprung
Why is having a personal style important to you?
It’s the one main component that sets me aside from everyone else, and it’s the most exciting way to express yourself on a day to day basis.
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