Payzee Malika 


Born in Kurdistan, Iraq and raised in London, Payzee has established herself as a Fashion stylist shortly after taking a break from her Psychology Degree. She has since carved out a unique position amongst London’s most innovative fashion enthusiasts and continues to earn her well deserved credit for her creative direction and styling as well her personal evolving style. 


Distinct style and vision allowed her to gain a credible reputation amongst peers from various backgrounds as well as being featured on publications worldwide and collaborating with established brands.


Exploring her traditional roots and the vibrant city she resides in, London, Payzee is known for her fluid style, which can very easily go from being extremely laid back and ‘boyish’ to ‘dressed up’. This has always been key for Payzee, to express herself without any limits. 


Garment Construction has been a natural path for Payzee, inspired by her mother’s sewing abilities, playing with making outfits last minute became part of the process. She later went on to study at London Retail Fashion Academy to expand her skills. This led to collaborating with with the likes of Little Mix and Fuse ODG to create unique bespoke pieces.


Payzee thrives in putting together outfits and experimenting with freehand patterns, fabrics, colours and trends of the past and present, combining styling skills and costume design. Always keeping in mind inspiration from one of the most energetic cities in the world, London where she emigrated to with her family in the late 90s. 


The skills she acquired on her journey have been applied to Luxury Fashion Retail where she had the opportunity to work with McQ by Alexander McQueen, Isabel Marant and most recently closely with British designer Neil Barrett. Payzee picked up Visual Merchandising, Buying and management skills, giving her a great mix of valuable skills and contacts to progress effortlessly within the industry. 


Although she is generally known for her distinct style, Payzee has recently taken her audience on a very different journey, opening up about her life outside of fashion. Since 2019 she has since started her long-awaited entry into activism and the humanitarian field, something she has always cared about deeply. 


Growing up in a household of 6 women, Women’s Rights has always been close to Payzee's heart. Through her personal experiences such as Child Marriage, FGM and and the loss of her sister, Banaz, to a so called honour killing, Payzee is keen to break the silence on these issues her and her peers around the world face every day. 

In her TEDx talk, Payzee describes in great detail the struggles she faced as a young Kurdish girl growing up in the UK, overcoming those and what needs to be changed in our society and legislation to protect girls and women better. 

Payzee now dedicates her life to being the voice of the voiceless and calling for change, she is a proud member of the Campaigns team at IKWRO.


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