VIBE caught up with Malaysia Pargo of Basketball Wives LA for a brief chat about her experience. The busy mom of three was on the go with her children but she quickly shared her thoughts on the fight with Laura, how she was portrayed on the show and being the best mom she can.
What was your experience like while taping Basketball Wives?
The first couple of tapings I thought it was nice and then after a while it was like pure hell. It was like who are these ladies and what is wrong with them but then at the end I loved it and I felt like they’re really cool people and I wanted to spend more time with them where as in the middle I wanted to leave.
Sometimes with these shows there’s a lot of footage that doesn’t make it to the show so who is the Malaysia that we didn’t get to see on camera?
Honestly, I feel like I was being portrayed exactly. I’m nice and I’m soft spoken but I also have a mean side. I call myself the gift and the curse. I can be your best friend or I can be your worst enemy. So, I feel like they showed that of me. I just mind my own business. I don’t get in anyone’s business [but] if you invite me in I’ll give my opinion. I’m very strong and I’m convicted so I feel like they showed everything about me. I’m a mother. I’m a wife. I’m a businessperson. I think they got me exactly.
Looking back at the fight with Laura, was there anything you would have done differently about that situation?
I’m gonna have to keep it real. If it would have happened all over again it probably would have went down that same way because when you’re disrespectful then that’s what happens. If it happened today then it wouldn’t have escalated because I know that’s how Laura is. She’s playful but I just met her then so I didn’t know where she was coming from. I was confused I was taken aback. I was like what the hell is wrong with this chick she was just cool with me two days ago! Do I think fighting is good? No, I don’t but in the same breath, you’re supposed to protect yourself and if you don’t stand for something you’ll fall for anything.
Would you do a second season?
We’ll have to wait and see.
We saw you working on your jewelry line. Talk more about it.
My jewelry line is for kids. It’s the three beats after my own heart. There’s me, the mother and then three beats symbolizes my kids. It’s diamond encrusted me, because every piece symbolizes a part of my life. The robot reminds me of my son Jannero, the ruby strawberry is my Ruby because she loves strawberries and her name is Ruby—every little piece represents my kids or my family and it’s a keepsake piece. It’s something that would pass down to your kids. It’s something that mommy gave them and they’ll always remember. It’s the best jewels. It’s something that’s an investment that will last for a lifetime.
What other projects are you working on?
I’m working on being the best mommy I can ever be and the best wife that I can possibly be. I feel like I divided my time those couple of months with the girls and getting my jewelry out there and now that it’s the holidays, I’m taking my time designing pieces and being more active with my kids and being my husband’s ego stroker because the season is getting ready to start. So, I’m just trying to go back into my normal mode until I have to do something else.