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Life & Work with Maliha B. Rose

Today we’d like to introduce you to Maliha B. Rose.

Hi Maliha, thanks for sharing your story with us. To start, maybe you can tell our readers some of your backstory.
I am not just one adjective or noun. I am many things. I CAN do many things. I AM worthy. I know that now and I finally love myself. Growing up, I always wanted to be a model but I never felt pretty enough. My parents stressed the importance of having a good education and being a “good respectful woman.” But I don’t recall a time where I was told “you’re beautiful” by them — they did praise me for being smart though. For society, I was always too skinny or too dark or my teeth weren’t straight enough or I get the “you look ok for a dark-skinned girl” remark. Or “you should really get that gap in your teeth taken care of.” Watching the models of my time growing up, there was no one on TV who looked like me–scrawny figure, dark skin, and kinky/coily hair. Some black females at the time were perming their hair or bleaching their skin and I remember getting my hair permed in an attempt to be accepted. Being just me was not celebrated in society and that was really tough for me.

I remember being constantly bullied and tormented for my heritage (West African from Ghana) in middle and high school to the point where I stopped taking the bus and my parents had to drop me off to school every day. Consequently, these events caused self-doubt, distrust of people, anxiety, and depression. Fast forward years later, despite the constant struggle of combating feelings of unworthiness, I decided that I was going to be a published model in my 30s no less. And for some reason in America, once a female turns 30 and up, it’s like some type of death sentence or something in the entertainment industry. I started to not care though because the burning desire for modeling never left me and I knew I had to achieve my goal. I worked on a ton of self-love, forgiveness, and guilt for letting industry folks, people in general, and some family get into my head about what I could or could not accomplish as a model–especially this late in the game.

Long story short, putting in the work for self-love, binge-watching “Iyanla fix My Life” lol, establishing a healthy work/life balance, and being diligent on self-care emotionally, mentally, and physically allowed me to soar and excel in an acting and modeling career like I never imagined. In pursuit of my modeling career, I ended up booking a professional gig as a background actor and got bumped to a feature on a movie set. Ever since then, acting has been my additional passion and I have been able to book a national and regional commercial, a PSA, a voiceover gig, and published print work as a model and actress all within 6 months (no agent) of starting in the entertainment industry. God and those that genuinely support my craft and hustle have been a tremendous blessing and support. My mentors @kendalcarrphotography (Photographer) and @alt.artistry (Make-up Artist/MUA) have been my sounding board since I decided I wanted to model and take on acting on a serious level. These two individuals never stopped encouraging me and giving me the real on how to improve my craft. But, I have also come to realize that the “it factor” starts with you. You have to believe in yourself to make things happen. When I started this journey, I said to myself: “Enough is enough! I AM worthy. I AM beautiful and always have been. I am and can do many things and I’m just getting started.”

We all face challenges, but looking back would you describe it as a relatively smooth road?
Maintaining my main full-time job & adding on two part-time careers (not jobs) of acting and modeling is not an easy feat. There are not enough hours in the day. The key for me is really honing in on the projects that just speak to me and also challenge me to become a better artist.

As you know, we’re big fans of you and your work. For our readers who might not be as familiar what can you tell them about what you do?
I love being my own brand and having my own businesses. I choose my HAPPY.

Actress: TV Shows, Film/Movies, Commercials, PSAs, Industrials, & Voiceovers.

Model: Swimsuit & Lingerie, Fashion/Editorial, Promotional, Print, Commercial, Glamour, and Fitness.

Mixologist: A lot of people don’t know that before I started modeling and acting, I was working at private parties, events, weddings, etc. as a bartender then started crafting my own drinks & graduated to a mixologist.

How do you think about happiness?
Acting – It’s amazing to me the impact an actor or actress can have when sharing their story or others’ stories on camera. So many emotions and it is something everyone can connect with in some capacity like music. I am grateful I am able to do something I used to wish for and I am living it.

Modeling – I have learned to love every piece of myself and being able to see myself in different looks is an amazing feeling whether it’s print modeling, boudoir, athletic wear, high fashion, etc.

Mixology – creating luxurious drinks from scratch & understanding the history of cocktail making. There’s something about handing someone something you made that they don’t usually like but you created something that blew their mind. Love to see the smile on people’s faces. The social aspect & the people you meet at events is what made me love this profession so much and I still do it!

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Image Credits
Kendal Carr Photography

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