'I Bring My Mum With Me!' - Malaika Firth On Surviving Fashion Week: EXCLUSIVE VIDEO

13 February 2014 by

Watch our exclusive backstage interview with Malaika Firth

Grazia Daily has a major model crush a-brewing and the lady is Malaika Firth. The Kenyan-born British model from Barking in Essex first landed on our radar when she posed in her first ever campaign last year, for Prada no less. Not only did the coup catapult her into the next level of modelling fame, but it also made her the first black face of the Italian brand since Naomi Campbell back in 1994. That's almost 20 years ago!

Now Malaika is strutting her stuff all over the catwalks of New York Fashion Week and we can. not. get. enough. We spotted the 19-year-old getting beautified at the Michael Kors show earlier today so took the chance to discuss how it feels to be the model-du-jour.

For starters, is she getting any rest? 'Right now, I'm actually not that busy so I get a decent amount of sleep. And I have my mum with me as well as she helps me out as well which is great. Thank you, mummy!' she says, beaming at the camera. This is the very same mummy who was watching The Model Agency on TV and decided to put her daughter forward to Premier models boss, Carole White. And the rest, as they say, is history...

 Malaika Firth Fashion Week Interview

Malaika is taking NYFW by storm [Getty; Instagram]

This season, she's walked for Vera Wang, Jason Wu, Diane Von Furstenberg and Prabal Gurung as well as Michael Kors - and we're still only in the first quarter of fashion month. Next it'll be London where she's looking forward to walking for Burberry after starring in the Brit brand's Spring Summer 2014 campaign. 'I hope I get to do that, it's going to be fun,' she says.

Yes, Malaika is now part of the close-knit Burberry family, which includes the likes of Cara Delevingne. We wonder whether the young catwalker feels pressure to follow in Cara's footsteps by creating a public persona via social media. 'You know what, I love Instagramming and it comes naturally to me,' she tells us. 'Whenever I like something, I can just take a picture - I don't even think about it. If it's food or how I look or what I wear or what I see, it's just easy.' Follow her pronto!

But ultimatley, Ms Firth isn't bothered about peer pressure. 'I'm just being me and seeing where life takes me. I'm happy and grateful that these [designers] still want to use me.' Something tells us she's not going anywhere.

See more of what we're loving at NYFW with our editors' diary below...

GALLERY >> Inside Our Editors' Diary

And more Gerard Butler just because

The streets of NYFW are giving us constant stylespiration

Adele Exarchopoulos gives good shoe outside Hugo Boss

Benedict Cumberbatch coming atcha...

Stella Tennant closes an impressively ladylike and elegant debut from Jason Wu for Hugo Boss

An elegant Edie Campbell opens the Hugo Boss show

The forest comes to the catwalk at Hugo Boss

Diane Kruger looks as chic as ever at Hugo Boss - but where's Pacey?

Unexpected FROWer of the day is... Mr Gerard Butler!

One of our fave street style looks EVER

Taxi for Naomi!

And now....time for a tea break!

Forget a clunky camera, this lady captured the street style looks with nothing but paint

Dressing like a sheep is all the rage, apparently

The street stylers are loving pastel tones this season, seen here outside the Michael Kors show

Karlie Karlie Karlie!

It's all about the glamazon beauty at Michael Kors

We can't get enough of the gorgeous Malaika Firth this season

? DAY FIVE ?

Katherine speaks to Luella Bartley and Katie Hillier backstage after their incredible Marc By Marc Jacobs show

Winter whites from Solange Knowles at the Marc By Marc Jacobs show

The coolest bows in town = Luella's back!

We're loving the skateboard set at Marc By Marc Jacobs

We're doing the Bunny Hop at Marc By Marc Jacobs

Stacked sneakers are an immediate hit at Marc By Marc Jacobs

Marc Jacobs himself chats to Emmanuelle Alt at Marc By Marc - 'I wanted to be here because it's my name on the brand after all!' the designer says

The FROW lineup at Marc By Marc Jacobs

Alexa Chung looks resplendent on the FROW at Marc By Marc Jacobs in a glistening metallic coat

Marc Jacobs has a chinwag with Sofia Coppola

Natalie Westling says she loves that her red hair makes her stand out from the model crowd

Three Brits abroad: Katie Grand backstage at the Marc By Marc Jacobs show with BFFs Katie Hillier & Luella Bartley

It's all about black liner and braids at Marc By Marc Jacobs

It's all about Natalie Westling this season...

Massive tartan scarf + chic padded bomber = perfect solution to freezing temperatures at JCrew

New season Sophia Webster shoes for JCrew - we want them all!

Totally putting this furry stole on our A/W 2014 shopping lists. Thanks JCrew

A gorgeous Sam Rollinson at Tory Burch

Gaga for glitter at Rodarte

You can't beat a glitter kiss. Is this the best beauty look from NYC so far courtesy of James Kaliardos and Nars?

Why hi there Rodarte girls!

Lights, camera, nearly time for action at Rodarte

Monochrome and hardware heavy at Diesel Black Gold

Winter while leather and furry coat, looking glacial at Diesel Black Gold

Golden girls inspired my Gustav Klimt at Badgley Mischka

Katherine's OTK boots are not the world's most practical snow shoes, we grant you, but perfect for adding some vavavoom to skinnies

Everyone loves the Tory Burch eye done with MAC bream Colourbase in Bronze Frost

Giovanna Battaglia making the snow packed construction site look chic in Prada coat and massive white hat

? DAY FOUR ?

Katie Holmes in the thick of the FROW action at Donna Karan

Scramble for a cab outside 3.1 Phillip Lim

Pretty lilacs and pinks at Phillip Lim - loving the summery palette for Autumn

Some serious cold shoulder in brrrr NYC! Katherine wears a Michael Van Der Ham dress

Proof the pink coat is going still strong: yesterday our digital editor Jessica wore this Ganni coat & now Katherine has nabbed it #wardrobeswappsies

Plaids and orange furry lined parkas? Yes please, Tommy Hilfiger

We want to go in a Tommy Hilfiger ski trip right now

? DAY THREE ?

Carolina Herrera tip: apply your lipstick as normal before patting it off with a finger or tissue for this almost stained effect

Mastering the Carolina Herrera bun is an intricate art

Philip Lim's bags are totes AMAZE

Washed out denim-hued hair is big NYFW news.

We sat next to the legendary Iris Apfel at Ralph Rucci

It's straight back to the hotel for Katherine as she writes up another report

An '80s aesthetic backstage at Philip Lim. Do you want wet-look?

Golden girls make a grand finale at DVF including Joan Smalls, Jourdan Dunn and Karlie Kloss

We get a sneak preview of the collection during the model rehearsals

The DVF collection is inspired by a 'vagabond on the run with her dreams and colours'

Is that JOHNNY DEPP at the DVF show? ....Oh no, it's not because that would be weird

Anna Wintour in the DVF house along with her regular FROW date: daughter Bea Schaffer

Karen Elson is porcelain-perfect backstage at DVF

Oh hi Jourdan!

Hard at work! Beauty editor Rose Beer takes notes backstage

Beautiful ballerina beauties at #DVF

A bag dreams are made of courtesy of DVF

Sneaking backstage at DVF and look who we've spotted!

The radiant Diane Von Furstenberg chats to press pre-show. Be sure to check out our interview with the lady herself

Our Digital Editor talks ballet and wrap dresses with DVF

Supercool street casting at DKNY - such an incredible array of beauty on show

DKNY's cool kids celebrate NYC diversity

We're altogether obsessed with these beauties at DKNY

Next stop for Katherine? DKNY!

The moment when you spot the best boots ever at Thakoon and can't think about anything else #backstageproblems

We chat to Victoria Beckham backstage after her show - be sure to check out our interview

A proud looking David Beckham protects Harper from the fashpack scrum

Victoria Beckham gives us more red carpet-worthy gowns

OMG: Victoria Beckham goes grunge

Chic outerwear at Victoria Beckham

'Curves, pleats, intarsia, ruffles and cut outs' - show notes at Victoria Beckham

Editors packing into Victoria Beckham's clean and minimal show space

It's all about going au naturel at Victoria Beckham

Oh yes we are... #backstagewithbeckham

Onto the next! Digital editor Jessica Vince is a pro at tweeting/instagramming/vine-ing on the go

Our current model crush? Hollie May Saker, here at Helmut Lang

Another fabulously futuristic set for Alexander Wang

Meet the gorgeous Irena at Alexander Wang

Security in the snow at the Alexander Wang show

Schlepping to Brooklyn for Alexander Wang

Our Katherine Ormerod gets style-hunted outside the Derek Lam show

It's fruit-tastic at Ostwald Helgason

We're bananas for this Ostwald Helgason top

Our digital editor talks bangs + hats with Hailee Steinfeld

The cymbals equalled selfie heaven at Prabal Gurung

Karolina Kurkova strikes a pose at Prabal Gurung

Yep, it's Hailee Steinfeld under that hat

Karen, a street style photographer, braves the chill for some chic-in-the-snow snaps

The street style snappers line up outside the Prabal Gurung show

Everyone wants their street style moment

Matching wool skirt 'n' sweater at Lacoste: the new suit for autumn

Does Tommy Hilfiger's invite give us a hint at what's to come?

There's nothing we can't do now we're armed with this survival kit

Gucci Westman works her magic on Georgia May Jagger backstage at Rag & Bone

At the Kate Spade show, bright accessories did all the talking

We're well up for Kate Spade's Uptown pretty

Footwear is proving to be troublesome here in NY so a big thanks to @modelloungenyc for these beauties from @schutzoficial #fashionweekproblems

? DAY ONE ?

Katherine's day 1 outfit: Wolford turtle neck, laser cut leather skirt from M&S, a Roksanda Illincic apron over the skirt and Sandro boots

Rose's essentials for snow + sun weather

A well-earned dinner at the Bowery? Yes please!

An evening at the awesome Marc Jacobs Tweet Shop

Katherine's outfit for New York's mean and icy streets includes Jimmy Choo biker boots, YMC dress & Duvetica jacket

We're on a #Grazia360 mission!

Time to crack out the Hunter wellies!

Katherine channels Catwoman in an Ulyana Sergeenko hat

Say hello to our beauty essentials

What better way to start the day than with a pink breakfast at the Bowery Hotel?

Tickets, a hat and a pretzel: we're good to go!

The Bowery Hotel bear has nailed Taylor Swift chic

Baby, it's cold outside...


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