Maria Thattil is one of Australia’s most popular models and is also a highly sought-after columnist and passionate commentator.
As Miss Universe Australia 2020, Maria made the entire nation proud by scoring a top 10 place in the Miss Universe International pageant held in 2021.
Maria is also a content creator and founder of her own Mind With Me Instagram series and podcast – a curation of conversations empowering listeners through a progressive discussion of social issues including sexism, sexual harassment, body inclusivity and bullying. Her TV appearances across all major networks include the Today show, The Morning Show, ABC News Breakfast and Studio 10.
The daughter of Indian-born parents, she is a staunch advocate for diversity, equality, social justice, anti-racism and mental health. Her insightful articles and columns on these important topics have been printed in Stellar Magazine, 9 Honey, Mamamia, Women’s Agenda, The Carousel and Kiddipedia.
A university educated former Human Resources Manager, Maria is also currently training to be an internationally accredited life coach.
She has appeared in numerous high-end fashion campaigns, and also serves as an ambassador for global brands including L’Oreal, Piper Heidsieck, Olay, SisterWorks and as a member of United Nations Association of Australia. Her partnerships are all geared toward advancing issues towards change.