MS. AMERICAN SCHOLAR 2021
Malia Mendigorin is a makeup artist, graphic designer, and entrepreneur who initially launched her career in the beauty and fashion industries while pursuing an associate's degree at Leeward Community College.
Her career in makeup artistry includes over a decade of experience working fashion shows, photoshoots, weddings, TV, film, and naturally, pageants, where she found fulfillment in a creative career that allows her to build others' confidence through cosmetic art. Her interest in graphic arts humbly began in high school where she experimented in creating personal coding, layouts, and collage art for MySpace and Xanga, and has since increased her repertoire to include professional portrait retouching, web design, event marketing, product advertisements, pageant program books, logo design, and film poster art.
During her days off, Malia spends time caring for her grandmother, relaxing with one of her many hobbies, which include foreign language study, polymer clay and resin art, reading through an ever-increasing collection of fiction novels, and thrift shopping for vintage clothes. Her latest endeavor is to launch an online fashion boutique where she will curate vintage and new clothing, accessories, as well as her own handmade pieces.
With this being her first-ever experience as a titleholder, Malia is grateful for the boundless support of her partner Sam, their puppy Ziggy, and her loving circle of family and friends. Through her reign as Ms. American Scholar, Malia is using this opportunity to elevate her service outreach through the B.R.A.V.E America platform and hopes to lend inspiration to facilitate positive change in our communities. She believes that everyone has the potential to grow and achieve more, and hopes to encourage others to always explore, learn and discover their unique abilities.