Mari Malek

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Since she fled South Sudan as a refugee 18 years ago, Mari Malek, aka DJ Stiletto, has enjoyed much success as a model and DJ living in New York City. Mari is also the founder of Stand For Education, Inc., a non-profit organization dedicated to providing access to education for underprivileged children and empowering girls. Mari is so invested in her cause that part of her DJ bookings benefit Stand For Education.

As a result of the intensifying civil war in South Sudan, Malek escaped with her mother and two younger sisters. They spent four years in Egypt where they applied for asylum and were granted refugee status. Mari and her family were first sponsored in New Jersey and eventually relocated to California. On a walk to school one day in San Diego, Malek was discovered by a modeling scout and the rest is history.

In 2006, Mari moved to New York to pursue modeling, which led to her being the first internationally known South Sudanese DJ. Mari now uses her platform to spotlight an often ignored plight, rebuilding the lives of women and children whose lives have been torn apart by the violence and inhumanity of war. She feels fortunate to have learned from her experiences and aspires to create similar empowerment opportunities for women and children.

Fact Sheet

Style: Mari Malek aka DJ Stiletto performs an Eclectic genres of music ranging from World Music, House, Top 40, Deep House, Classics, Disco, R&B/Hip Hop, lounge, Tribal and Afro Beats. She also produces her own music with her band – Haus of Mu.”Dance to the beat of your heart!” – Stiletto

Client List: Malek has collaborated as a Model/DJ for Vogue, WWD, Harper’s Bazaar, Mercedes Benz Fashion Week, Rolls Royce, Kenneth Cole, Marithé + François Girbaud, Burn Residency Ibiza, Vogue, Italian Vanity Fair, Elle (Obakki), Marie Claire, Essence, Into gloss, Summer Stage, Tribeca Film Festival, Style.com, Kanye West, Lady Gaga, Mara Hoffman, Luca Luca, Virgin Mobile, Lacoste LIVE, and Lanvin Paris ad Campaign shot by the Legendary photographer Steven Meisel. Malek was also highlighted for her humanitarian work and collaborated with The New York Post, HuffPost Live, Vice, BBC, UNICEF, Fusion TV, Black Girls Rock Awards Show and with the United Nations for World Economic Forum as a game changer.

Social Media:

Instagram: @iammarimalek

Twitter: @djstiletto

SoundCloud: @djstiletto

Press Coverage: Mari has been featured internationally for Kenneth Cole, Suited Magazine, Modelsdot, Fusion, VICE, Stylelikeu, FAVOIRE, Goldenes Quartier, Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar, MTV and many more publications.

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