Ep.43 Liberte Free to Be with model

and activist Mahalia Handley

About this podcast

When I first started the podcast my guests were strictly over 40 but I quickly realised how limiting that is because we can all learn so much from one another regardless of our age. I'm joined by Mahalia Handley who is a model and activist creating waves in the industry.

Mahalia has worked with top brands across the world with her famous curves and spunky personality. She hit the press with her success story causing a stir by appearing on the side of Selfridges as the first ever curve model in a body fitness campaign. She's become a favourite to the media, appearing in wide selection of newspapers and magazines including cosmopolitan and Vogue Italia. Mahalia is using her social media presence to speak out about inclusivity and representation and I was delighted to catch up with her during lockdown. 


Topics covered

  • Mahalia shares her journey into modelling at a young age.
  • The importance of diversity and representation in the industry and how she felt growing up in Australia as an Irish/Maori with a clear lack of representation.
  • The ground breaking Selfridges campaign
  • How she developed her own body confidence.
  • The differences she has come across working in different countries towards diversity and what changes she would like to see in the future.
  • Self care routines and dealing with social media. 



Further Information

To follow Mahalia on Instagram @mahaliafromaustralia,Twitter @MahaliaHandley and Facebook @Mahalia Handley Model 

Background music credited to Scott Holmes - Our Big Adventure.

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Keep being fabulous x


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