Mali Hayes recently dropped by the studio for a fitting and chatted with us about her experience with bras and body confidence, feminism and the role sustainability plays in her life.
Mali (https://www.instagram.com/malihayes/) is a singer and songwriter who is living her dream of traveling with her music. She’ll be performing at a few music festivals in Brighton and Croatia this summer, which she’s very much looking forward to and is extremely grateful for.
Mali didn't really have a good experience with bras from a young age. Growing up, Mali explains that she always felt like a bit of an outsider because she had larger breasts than all her friends. She learnt early on that larger bras didn’t tend to be very pretty looking as compared to smaller cup sizes and accepted that she had to stick to plain, boring ones. Because Mali has a small back and large cups, she also found it particularly hard to find sports bras that fit well for her to dance in when she was younger- they were always either too big or too tight. In her fitting at Lara, Mali learnt she is a 32E. Like many women, she has a small back size and large cup size. These size is outside of the 'typical' high street sizing, and is very difficult to shop for. Finding a small back large cup bra that is wireless, comfortable and pretty can be near impossible! So it's no wonder Mali had struggled finding properly fitting, comfortable bras in the past.
Mali kindly described her fitting at Lara to be “much more interactive, much more calm” in contrast to other bra fitting services she’s experienced as “basic” where her specific likes and dislikes were not taken into consideration.
Mali wears the Clio in 32E.
Mali talks about body shaming and how it may have subconsciously contributed to her not choosing to wear revealing tops. She explains that it’s not intentional and only recently has she realized that she doesn’t wear them. She follows people on Instagram who promote body confidence like Sonny Turner and states that they have inspired her and given her more confidence when viewing her body and embracing it.
Although Mali wouldn't actively call herself a feminist, she agrees with a lot of things that it represents and talks about including issues like body shaming and the sexualisation of women. She believes that it is really important to talk about these issues to make sure people are aware about it. She also mentions that she takes part in gigs and talks about women and women who are inspirational to her.
When asked about female role models she looks up to, Mali mentions that she has a few who are mainly singers but Beyonce is the main one that comes to mind. Being quite shy growing up, Beyonce helped her with her confidence when it came to singing and dancing on stage and helped her see who she wanted to be when she grew up.
It has only been the last 6 months where Mali has really come to be interested and passionate about sustainability. She mentions how easy it is to learn about the subject through watching documentaries for example. She also says that it is “scary how un eco-friendly we all are as a race”. Mali does her part by not buying things with plastic packaging and reusing things like a cup for coffee instead of disposable ones. She has also recently got in touch with her local council to work on producing less waste in hopes that it will have a bigger impact in the future.
Mali strongly believes in being your own person and staying true to who you are. She explains that you may like something that someone is doing and you may feel inspired to do the same but it is important to remember to do what feels right for you and not to conform.
Mali wears the Clio in 32E.