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Malaysia Pargo

Tuesday 4th, August 2015

Malaysia Pargo

By Kathy Iandoli

Shyness is hard to overcome, but it’s something Malaysia Pargo is working on. Married to Charlotte

Bobcats’ Point Guard Jannero Pargo, Malaysia stars in “Basketball Wives LA.” Being in front of the

reality TV cameras was a difficult task, but Pargo was up for the challenge. The Compton, CA native

has had quite an active tenure with “Basketball Wives LA,” but her Three Beats jewelry line has kept

her equally busy. As a wife and mom, Malaysia had to find the balance that would lead her to also add

the title of entrepreneur. She talks about coming out of her shell with Black Men magazine, along with

life as a “basketball wife.”

BLACK MEN: Did you have a nude photo shoot for the magazine?

Malaysia Pargo: No. I'm a very shy person, and [Black Men] didn't really think that I would do the

body paint situation. I'm just pretty much at a point where I'm so, so, so traditional and almost old-

fashioned to the point where certain things I would never do. So like, you have to ease me into it. So

no, I wasn't completely nude, I had on underwear and pasties, but it still was a big step for me, so I'm

proud of myself.

Obviously you had pasties and underwear, but did it feel like the paint kind of clothed you in a


You know, it did. After the paint was on and it dried and I realized that no one cared that I was standing

there with my ta-tas out. At first I'm like, “Oh my god! They're standing here talking to me and I'm

completely like, my ta-tas are out!” But they kind of didn't care! No one cared! So, it made it that much

easier for me to not care. So was okay. I'm not going to sit here and lie and say that I was

completely comfortable with it because every chance I got, I was wrapping myself up with something.

But after a while, like once the cameras started going, I was okay. I was very comfortable. I didn't feel

like I was standing there half-naked. I felt like I had a swimsuit on. And coming from a woman that just

had three kids, and all of my babies are very young, I'm proud of myself. It takes you a long time to get

comfortable in your skin after you have babies. There's women out there that can relate to me. After

you have your kids, you are uncomfortable in your body. You have to regain all of that confidence

back. So, the fact that I was able to do that, I'm proud of myself. 

You're known for your shyness, right?

Yeah, I am. Like, I'm trying to shake it, but I guess as an adult, it's just not working out fast enough for

me—but I am. I'm shy, but I get the job done. When it all boils down to it, I'm a perfectionist so I make

sure that I get the job done and get it done well. So that's one thing about me. I'm shy but I don't let my

shyness hinder me from doing what I need to do.

What were you like as a kid?

The same way! I've just always been pretty much a shy person. In high school, I kind of loosened up a

little bit more, got comfortable with myself. In college I was like, “Oh yeah!” and I came out of my

shell. But then after I had my kids, I got shy all over again. I don't know what the hell happened. So I'm

working on it.

So, how did you handle being on TV thus far for “Basketball Wives LA”?

You know what? I took “Basketball Wives” as almost being in the family room, meeting all the other

new wives and like, starting over with new teams and meeting people. So like, me walking on the first

season, I thought it was going to be like that. Like me walking into a new team and meeting other

wives and you know, we'll kind of bond and we have similarities. We can share each other's stories and

I figured that we all were working toward a goal of getting somewhere as women, as individuals, and

be like a sisters' circle. turned out not to be that.

What is it like being a basketball wife?

Being a basketball wife has its ups and downs. For the most part, I love it. I mean, it's written. It's my

life; I wouldn't trade it in for the world. I don't really know what else to say.

Do you feel like you get judged being on a reality show, leading a life in the spotlight and being

married to a basketball player?

I do. I think that people are going to form their opinions no matter what you do. I always told myself

you're damned if you do, damned if you don't.

What would you say is one misconception about you from the TV show?

You know what? I'm very happy with the way I've been portrayed on the show because it's me. I am a

very sweet and kind person, but everyone knows that if you piss me off, I turn into something totally

different. So, I'm either a gift or a curse. I think that they were dead on accurate with who I am on the

show. So, yes, I mind my business and they show that. Yes, I like for everyone to get along. But yes, if

you disrespect me, then I'm going to pop off.