Mala Malani (Artesia)
July 19, 2015
Mala Malani is a successful business woman who has been active in the Indian community for many years. Thirty two years ago, Mala was the first Indian woman to start a clothing boutique on Pioneer Blvd. and has been instrumental in the creation of the now famous Little India in Artesia. Mala is the owner of Sona Chaandi boutique and the very popular Sona Chaandi Threading Boutique, which are both located in her plaza. She designs all the clothes and jewelry herself for her stores.
In 2007, Mrs. Malani was able to contribute to the passage of Assembly Bill 265, a bill to make it legal to practice eyebrow threading in California. She was also recognized with the 2007 Woman of the Year in Business award.
Mala is also a dynamic activist in social and community events. She has been honored to be keynote speaker for the Artesia High School graduation. She has also been a committee member on the Advisory Board of ABC Unified School District for the past five years and is a regular participant at city council meetings in the cities of Artesia and Cerritos.
One thing many people may not know about Mala is that in 1979 she was the first Indian woman to win the Miss Artesia title, while at the same time, attending the University of California in Riverside, where she earned a nursing degree.
In spite of her very busy outside schedule, Mala always puts her family first. She is married, has two children and is the proud grandmother of her newest, favorite bundle of joy, Kaylani.
Mala Malani, thank you for being an accomplished and caring member of your community. You are a valued leader and through your many efforts you have made Artesia a better place for people to live, grow and prosper. You exemplify the “Pride of 58”.