Photos by: Adam Scarf unless otherwise credited.
NAME: Malaika Salatis
B.O.B: How did you originally get into the modelling profession?
Miki: I am a dancer first, before being a model. When I was 15, my dance teacher’s partner asked
me to do a dance fashion runway for the launch of her new collection. I got pretty excited
with all this photo shoot and the preparation for the catwalk. That’s how things started. Then
people started to scout me, but things got more serious since I came in Australia. I still think
that it is a fun job. However, I really don’t like saying I’m a model.
B.O.B: What’s the most amount money you’ve spent on clothes in a day?
Miki: I never really spend money on clothes. Maybe one day I will if I can open my wallet without
B.O.B: Are you into action sports at all?
Miki: I’m not into action, but I will definitely enjoy watching it. However, I always like skiing and I
regret that I haven’t pushed myself to learn how to surf, especially since I grew up near the
beach on a little island with one of the best waves in the world.
B.O.B: If the world was going to end tomorrow and you had an unlimited budget and
24 hours to spend it, what would you do and who would you do it with?
Miki: So we are talking about the end of the world, right! I am pretty sure that I would go and
spend my money to taste all different kinds of food. Food is the best thing in the world – just
after music, one of my favourite orgasms after sex. I will spend this time with my mum
drinking some nice red wine.
B.O.B: If we were at the bar and it’s our round, what would you be drinking?
Miki: I’m an island girl, give me a Mojito!
Photo: Ben Newman
B.O.B: A little birdy told us that you speak a few different languages. Can you tell us
what they are?
Miki: Haha! I do speak French and Creole, but I wish that I could speak Spanish! It’s my next goal.
B.O.B: You are from Reunion Island – can you tell us what it was like growing up in a
tropical paradise ?
Miki: You don’t really realize how lucky you are before you leave the country. I literally grew up
near the beach in a small town where things are easy. I went to school by bike and roller
skated with my crazy dog behind me. The weather is gold. People are chill, and our local
weed is called Zamal. Our population is a beautiful mix of African, Chinese, Indian,
European… Our girls are beautiful and unique. There’s no other place that can replace my
love for my island and my culture. If you don’t know Réunion Island, please google it!
B.O.B: What are your plans for the next year?
Miki: Uncertain, haha! I have no idea. And I think I like it like that. I haven’t planned my life and
every time that I’ve tried, it was a disaster.
B.O.B: If you could change one thing about the world, what would it be?
Miki: There are so many things to change in this world. But my first priority today is my fight as a
black woman. I’d like to see my community succeed and see the world ready to accept
differences. One community, no matter if we’re black, Homo, Transgender…
B.O.B: What is your favourite country you have visited so far?
Miki: I have traveled a lot when I was young, but I haven’t visited the countries that I really want
to, like Cuba, Brazil or India.
Photo: Ben Newman
B.O.B: Can you tell us about how you got into dancing?
Miki: My auntie was a great dancer; she is the one who pushed me into it. Then my mom decided to
bring me to my first dance class when I was 5. Dance is so powerful and I can’t imagine my
life without it today.
B.O.B: What do you think of the dance and music scene in Australia compared to the
rest of the world?
Miki: I can’t really compare, but I know I just miss the “soul” and the creativity here. It might be
because I’ve just been in Sydney for not a very long time. There is probably more out there to
see in New South Wales.
B.O.B: If there was an impending zombie Apocalypse, what would be your zombie
killing weapon of choice?
Miki: I’m still undecided between Katana and baseball bat! Probably the baseball bat, haha!
B.O.B: Favourite ninja turtle?
Miki: Michelangelo for sure!
B.O.B: Favourite quote?
Miki: When you want something, the universe conspires to help you achieve it.