"30 Days, 30 Kebayas" — Malaysian Actress Struts In Traditional Attire In New York City

Nabila Huda stated that she was proud to show off her Malaysian culture while visiting the Big Apple.

Cover image via @kupu_kupu (Instagram)

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The beauty of Malaysian culture can be seen in so many aspects of our lives. From food to music and even dance, there's no denying that one of the boldest ways to make an impression is through attire.

Award-winning Malaysian actress and host Nabila Huda has been a notable figure in the Malaysian entertainment industry for years. Best known for starring in the thriller movie M4M4 (2020) and horror film Munafik (2016), she is also the oldest child of Malaysian rockstar and performer, Datuk Amy Search.

While she has definitely made a name for herself in the local scene, her recent endeavour during a trip to New York City has captivated many Malaysians online for her bold fashion choices.

Nabila Huda.

Image via @kupu_kupu (Instagram)

On April 29, Nabila revealed on her Instagram page that she would be donning 30 kebayas for 30 days in May while visiting New York City

In an Instagram Reel, Nabila stated that she had received 30 kebayas of varying styles by Malaysian clothing brand, Royal Kebaya. 

"30 days, 30 kebayas. Don't worry, I will take care of everything, I promise!" she said in the reel.

Alongside the traditional attire, Nabila also packed multiple accessories and various shoes to match with each kebaya. Aligned neatly in a row, Nabila showed all her accessories, which were neatly packed into zip bags.

Check out the full reel below:

In a follow-up post, Nabila explained how proud she was of her Malaysian culture, and that she wanted to bring it to the streets of New York

"Why would I want to dress like a New Yorker when we should be proud of our traditional costume?

"We should be proud of our culture, our batik, so I chose kebayas for my travelogue this time. I can confirm that it will be stunning when strutting around in Times Square," wrote the actress in the caption of her post.

This was the first kebaya Nabila wore in New York, which she posted to her Instagram account on 2 May:

Here are some other stunning kebayas Nabila wore throughout May:

While staying true to the traditional style of wearing a kebaya, Nabila rocked certain getups by adding her own flare to the outfits, such as wearing pants and boots for one combination, and even adding a throw-over to some of the pieces.

On the final day of posting her kebayas, Nabila revealed that her trip to New York was to film an upcoming cooking show, titled Makan Sana Sini New York

Though no details surrounding the show has been revealed as of yet, Nabila did state in her post that there are some final shots to be made before she officially wraps shooting.

Taking time to visit the Statue of Liberty, Nabila posed with the magnificent landmark to mark the end of her kebaya-wearing streak on 31 May.

Nabila in her final kebaya styling in New York.

Image via @kupu_kupu (Instagram)

From Malaysia to the Big Apple, we tip our hats to Nabila for bringing a taste of local culture to international shores!

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