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Malaika Firth Heads Home to Kenya

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Malaiki Firth

It was a year full of milestones for Malaika Firth, who launched her modeling career with Prada’s Fall ’13 campaign; broke through on the Spring runways; and scored spots in the latest ads for Prada, Burberry, and Valentino. She even walked her first Victoria’s Secret show. All that glamorous work deserves a vacation, and Firth—who currently lives in London—spent her holiday break in Mombasa, Kenya, where she was born and raised before moving to the U.K. at the age of 7. “I hadn’t been back to Kenya in almost three years, so I was super-excited to see how much my hometown had changed for the better, and my beautiful family, of course,” she told Style.com. Below, Firth shared some highlights from her trip.

Malaika Firth

“I helped my grandma with her restaurant, Porini, and spent time in the kitchen learning a few of her delicious ‘secret’ recipes. Here we are waiting for our food to come!”

Malaika Firth

“Me with Boko Boko, the restaurant’s resident Seychelles giant tortoise, who is over 200 years old!”

Malaika Firth

“A quick selfie with my adorable cousins.”

Malaika Firth

“While I was home, I volunteered and helped feed around sixty children.”

Malaika Firth

“My cousin and me on Kenya Beach.”

Malaika Firth

“The most adventurous way to get around Mombasa is with a tuk-tuk!”

Malaika Firth

“Big love to my Masai friend!”

Malaika Firth

“Sorting out pencils and pens to give to the kids in the area.”

Malaika Firth

“Packets of achari—dried, flavored mango—at the local market. Delicious!”

Photos: Courtesy of Malaika Firth and Premier Models

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