“Milan is really important to me, I love it” says Moroccan-Italian model Malika El Maslouhi, who was raised in the Italian capital. “I think what’s great is that it’s big enough to have everything you need but at the same time not too big to walk around.”
The 20-year-old unexpectedly broke out into the industry at the tender age of 18 , and has captivated the fashion industry ever since.
Having already appeared in campaigns for cult brands like Jacquemus and Off/White, Maslouhi and just made her first appearances at New York Fashion Week, walking for a myriad of brands like Ralph Lauren, Tory Burch, The Row and Oscar de la Renta, to name just a few.
But she still deems walking for Dior’s Resort 2020 show in Marrakesh as her most memorable career highlight to date, stating that she had “never felt this much at home working”
Bringing a new spirit of inclusivity to the runways, Mashouli is committed to using her difference to forge a successful career. “It’s important to be visible. I think I have something to say and I want to be an example for the new generation”, she continues.
Although she’s constantly travelling for work, Maslouhi, having just completed Milan Fashion Week, gives us the lowdown on the city’s best spots to eat, drink and hang.
Where to eat pasta
MiscusiMy favourite! There are a few in Milan actually and it’s equally delicious everywhere!
Where to eat pizza
SpontiniIf you like thick, soft and spongy pizzas, Spontini is just perfect.
LuiniA must and close to the famous Piazza Duomo. Try their iconic ‘panzerotti’ (a deep-fried mini calzone), which have been famous for over a century!
Via Santa Radegonda, 16, 20121
Where to have cocktails
DryIf you’re unsure whether you want to drink or eat first, this place combines cocktails and award winning pizzas.
Via Solferino, 33, 20121
FridaIf you’re into casual nights in cool neighbourhoods, Frida is for you.
Via Antonio Pollaiuolo, 3, 20159
VinoirI prefer wine above any other drink! Vinoir has a great selection of natural wine, which you can taste.
Ripa di Porta Ticinese, 93b, 20143
Where to hangout
Walk on the DarsenaThis is where Naviglio Grande and Naviglio Pavese meet, and was once a harbour. This is the perfect spot to hang out at night with friends.
Parco SempioneSome days I like to take my time to rest and if it’s a sunny, warm day I love to chill in the park and this one’s by far my favourite.
Where to go out
Perfect for people in to underground music!
Viale Umbria, 118, 20135
Puerto AlegreThis place is perfect for a crazy night dancing to Latino music.
Via Giosuè Borsi, 9/2, 20143
VoltProbably the coolest club in town, with cutting-edge music and mind-blowing lighting.
Via Molino delle Armi, 16, 20123