I first connected with Mallory Whitfield, aka Miss Malaprop, a few years ago when I found her on Pinterest. She has a badass Doctor Who board, which of course gave us an instant connection. I started following her everywhere and immediately jumped on the chance to join her #BadassCreatives club. Her talents are endless, and I'm so excited to introduce you to her and what she's doing.
(Double thanks to Nina Tekwani for all of these gorgeous photos!)
I know your skills and talents cover a ton of topics, from geek chic fashion to performing to business coaching. What’s your favorite way to describe yourself and what you do?
I've struggled with this one for a long time. I even recorded a video and wrote a whole post about it last year. But I've come to realize that everything I do boils down to three main things: educate, entertain, inspire.
I'm a very good learner and I've taught myself a lot of stuff over the years. (Despite the fact that I hate traditional education and skipped out on high school half way through my junior year, only to graduate with honors from Loyola University a few years later.) I want to empower people through education and teach them everything I know about online marketing and business.
I also love entertaining people. Even as a kid, I was grabbing any adult I could find and performing for them. I did theatre throughout high school and college and recently got back into performing via drag and burlesque.
Finally, I'm all about inspiration. I've always been a pretty positive, optimistic person but I've been surrounded by many close friends and family members who have struggled with depression. If I can share inspiring words, images and stories and brighten even one person's day, it's totally worth it for me.
When did you first get into combining nerdiness and fashion?
I think I’ve always been a bit of a nerd and weirdo and into fashion as self-expression. I love finding the strange and unexpected. I still have this vintage 1970s polyester shirt I found in high school… the print is ballet dancing monkeys and gorillas wearing tutus. I don’t know if it gets any nerdier than that.
What’s your favorite part of putting together an outfit or a styled shoot?
I just love playing with clothing and trying out new combinations of clothing as an experiment.
Experimentation is really the best way I’ve learned anything. I remember spending evenings during middle school playing dress up and just mixing and matching random things in my wardrobe, like a t-shirt, dressy satin skirt and combat boots. I guess my style hasn’t really evolved that much since then.
Do you have a favorite accessory to play with?
Can you show us an image from one of your favorite photoshoots?
What do you nerd out on the most?
I’ve had a crush on Jeff Goldblum since I was 13. While I haven’t been very good at keeping up with his more recent movies, during middle school I made a list of all of his films that I categorized based on if I had seen the movie, if I owned a copy of it, and what my imaginary relationship with his character in that movie would be. I still have the list, buried in my file cabinet. Let’s just say that Earth Girls Are Easy makes the top of the list of dreamy Jeff Goldblum characters.
What’s your favorite show to binge watch?
I had trouble getting into the last season, but I’m excited for a new season of RuPaul’s Drag Race. I’ve also been catching up on episodes of The Fosters on Netflix when my man is working.
All-time favorites that I could totally marathon binge watch include Battlestar Galactica and Breaking Bad.
Where do you like to hang out online / where can we find you?