Malik Beasley is slowly starting to come into focus as an NBA player. Formerly of the Utah Jazz, Beasley now plays for the Los Angeles Lakers. And while much of his career to date has been as a supporting player of the ensemble, he has shown promise during his early appearances. As Beasley climbs the ladder of fame, so does his relationship with Montana Yao. Unlike Beasley, Montana is a model who wants to promote positive body image through her work. Despite having a huge fan following on Instagram, not much is known about Yao. So, for this article, we will take a closer look at the wiki-bio of Montana Yao.
Montana Yao was born on August 5, 1997, at Hoag Hospital in Newport Beach, California, United States. Yao shares mixed ethnic descent, her father, Paul, is a Chinese who immigrated to Hong Kong in 1965, and later served in the US Army from 1971 to 1974. Her mother, Gina Yao, comes of English, Irish, & German descent and is a Californian native. Yao’s parents are also the co-owners of the global brand, JaggerEdge. Yao spent most of her early life in Pasadena, California, and attended Maranatha High School. She moved to Malibu High School for her senior year and graduated in 2015.
The only child in the family, Yao was interested in modeling from a very young age. After graduating high school, Yao worked as a hostess for Duke’s Malibu and Catch NYC. A year after graduating from high school, Yao started making rounds of papers after she won the Miss Malibu Teen USA 2016. She went on to compete at Miss California Teen USA 2016 and landed a top-ten finish. Following her exit from Miss California Teen USA, Yao started working as a professional model. She is signed with Newmark Models and has been a regular face in ZARA’s campaigns.
Apart from her interest in modeling, Yao is also into rapping and posted her first-ever video on Instagram in 2016. The video exploded on the platform and Yao gained massive traction overnight. Since then, Yao has furthered her interests in both music and modeling. But for all her singing prowess, Yao is looking to establish a career as a successful model and actress. She is also huge on social media and has amassed a large fan following on Instagram. A versatile talent, Yao is also huge on fitness and encourages young girls to have a positive body image. As her website reads,
“Her love and empathy radiates through her actions in whatever she chooses to do. She is very determined and passionate about creating and leaving a positive legacy. Her goal is to share through her platforms with young girls the importance of positive body and self image, along with the importance of mental awareness and health.”
Yao Montana and NBA shooting guard Malik Beasley were in a loving relationship. As things escalated the pair decided to welcome their first child, a baby boy, Makai Joseph Beasley, on the 26th of March, 2019. While details on their marriage have not completely been revealed, it is around early 2020 the pair tied the knot. On December 8, 2020, Montana filed for divorce after Malik was photographed holding hands with American television personality Larsa Pippen in Miami. However, the pair went on separate ways after a brief relationship. While Larsa moved on with American basketball player Marcus Jordan, Beasley and Montanna reconciled and she withdraw her divorce filing. On November 11, 2022, the pair welcomed their second child a baby daughter Mia Love Beasley.
A quick write on her husband Malik Beasley:
Malik Beasley is a professional basketball player who currently plays for the Los Angeles Lakers of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He was born on November 26, 1996, in Atlanta, Georgia, and grew up in Alpharetta, Georgia.
Beasley attended St. Francis High School in Alpharetta, where he played basketball and led the team to the Georgia Class A Private state championship in 2015. He was a consensus top-25 prospect in the class of 2015 and was rated as a five-star recruit by multiple scouting services.
After graduating from high school, Beasley attended Florida State University, where he played college basketball for one year. In his freshman season, he averaged 15.6 points, 5.3 rebounds, and 1.5 assists per game and was named to the All-ACC Freshman Team.
Beasley was selected with the 19th overall pick in the 2016 NBA draft by the Denver Nuggets. He played for the Nuggets for three and a half seasons before being traded to the Minnesota Timberwolves in February 2020.
In November 2020, Beasley signed a four-year, $60 million contract extension with the Timberwolves. In his first full season with the team, he averaged a career-high 19.6 points per game and set a new career-high with 42 points in a game against the Golden State Warriors.
Off the court, Beasley has faced legal troubles. In September 2020, he was arrested on charges of drug possession and receiving stolen property. He later pleaded guilty to a felony charge of threats of violence in December 2020, stemming from an incident in which he pointed a rifle at a family outside his home. He was sentenced to 120 days in jail and three years of probation.
On July 6, 2022, Beasley was traded to Utah Jazz, and after less than a year with the team, he was again traded to Los Angeles Lakers on February 9, 2023.
Montana Helana has a net worth of USD 1.5 Million. She amassed her wealth through her professional endeavors as a model, influencer, and rapper. While her NBA star husband Malik has a net worth of $8.5 Million.