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  • Who is Malaysia Pargo?
  • Malaysia ‘Basketball Wives’ Pargo’s Career Furthermore, entrepreneurship
  • Malaysia Previous Marriage, Family, and Dating Life of Pargo

Who is Malaysia Pargo?

Malaysia Pargo has appeared on VH1’s Basketball Wives since the show’s start. The reality TV personality has been on the show since 2011, first on Basketball Wives LA and subsequently on Basketball Wives.

She is one of the show’s oldest cast members, yet she has created a name for herself in fields other than reality television, such as fashion and entrepreneurship. However, few people know much about her.

Malaysia: real name and early ambitions

Pargo was born in Compton,

California on August 12, 1980. Laquisha Pargo (née Hayes) is her given name.

She was the elder of two siblings; her younger brother, Dontae Hayes, was born on April 27, 1993.

On December 31, 2013, he was slain in a gunfight with police.

Pargo had no intention of becoming a reality TV star.

Instead, she was a clever student who was fascinated by humanity and anatomy.

Pargo went to UCLA, earned a Bachelor of Science degree, and aspired to be a dentist.

However, she gradually understood that it wasn’t simply dentistry that captivated her, but also the beautiful side of it.

During her Making Money Conversations interview in January 2020,

she recalled telling her mother that she wanted to be the “first supermodel dentist.”

She had to overcome the negative reputation that Compton had because she is from there.

And she succeeded, first in academics, then in television and fashion.

Malaysia Pargo
Malaysia Pargo with her husband Source: Atlanta Black Star

Malaysia ‘Basketball Wives’ Pargo’s Career

Pargo’s first appearance on reality television was on Basketball Wives LA in 2011.

She was cast as a result of her marriage to Jannero Pargo,

a former NBA player and current assistant coach for the Indiana Pacers.

Until 2016, she was the star of the West Coast version of the show.

She joined Basketball Wives, the main show, in 2017 after the LA spin-off ended in 2016,

and has been a member of it ever since.

Pargo has a reputation among viewers of the long-running series for being a feisty wife,

and she has had a few feuds with other cast members.

She is, nevertheless, still one of the VH1 show’s key draws.

In addition to this, Pargo has been on The Eric Andre Show, Hip Hop Squares, and Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta.

One of her lesser-known triumphs was her appearance in Ludacris’ 2004 video for ‘Splash Waterfalls.’

On the business front, she owns and operates the apparel line Vanity World.

From jumpsuits and rompers to swimwear, the company sells everything.

Pargo is also recognized for her many partnerships with various beauty businesses,

which occur frequently since she enjoys particular brands and products.

Malaysia Previous Marriage, Family, and Dating Life of Pargo

Jannero, Pargo’s now ex-husband, and she married in 2006, albeit the precise date of their wedding is uncertain.

During their marriage, they had three children.

On October 4, 2009, they had their first child, Jannero Pargo Jr.

Then, on September 25, 2010, they had twins, a boy, and a girl.

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Malaysia Pargo and her three children, whose real name is Laquisha Pargo.

Their relationship received a lot of attention after her involvement in Basketball Wives began.

As the year 2012 approached, their romance was on the rocks due to Jannero’s adultery rumors.

They split up on December 27, 2012, as she later stated in her divorce papers.

She filed for divorce from her then-husband in May 2014.

In her petitions, she claimed sole legal and physical custody of their children, spousal maintenance, and that Jannero pays her legal bills.

Despite her demands, relations between the two were civil.

Even during the court proceedings, they prioritized their family and remained on good terms.

Pargo received substantial financial support as a result of her divorce: she obtained half of his NBA pension,

his NBA 401k, all rights to 3 Beats LLC, a jewelry company,

and access to three bank accounts and a money market account.

Jannero was also ordered to pay her almost $14,000 in child support each month,

and she received a Mercedes as part of the divorce deal.

She has been linked to a number of men since her divorce.

Her rumored dates include James Harden, O.T. Genasis, Jamal Rashid, and rapper Mase, with whom she publicly denied dating in late May 2014.

Pargo now lives in Atlanta, Georgia, with her children, although only half of the time.

She spends the other half of her time in Los Angeles, where she does business.