Malia has lived the kind of life normally watched in movies or read about in novels. She spent most of her post-adolescent life living on the road, touring the world as a photographer, then as the bassist of acclaimed bands like Dum Dum Girls and Marnie Stern, before finding her way back to her original love of directing. Her attuned perspective has led Malia to become a top choice among artists, leading her to direct music videos for Halsey, MØ, Niall Horan, Tove Lo, Troye Sivan, Dev Hynes, and Rita Ora. Malia’s moments feel believable and authentic, portraying visceral emotions through beautiful lighting, bold color, and compelling compositions, and proving success with a roster of commercial clients that includes Adidas, Wrangler, Bose, and Mailchimp.
She has won Clio and Webby Awards, been nominated for Best Music Video at the Brit awards, received a Vimeo Staff Pick, and screened at SXSW. Her photo book, Girl in a Girl Band, is out October 2019.