maya is as a Brooklyn-based queer, non-binary person of Sierra Leonean descent who is not only a model but a political educator and writer. Their work often centres on Black feminism, fat liberation, disability justice, anti-imperial struggles in the Global South, abolition, and sustainable/human rights-centred approaches to fashion.
Their biggest modelling career highlight has been modelling for the sustainable brand Chromot in the 2020 New York fashion week, a brand who explicitly work with disabled, fat, queer, and trans models. maya’s past clients include Yitty, Berriez, Savage X Fenty, Automic Gold, Abacaxi, Fluide Beauty, For the Gworls, Unbound Babes (Partnership) and The Unplug Collective.
Known from their presence on social media as someone who creates "art and culture in service of the liberation of all people, particularly Black people, trans people, fat people, and disabled people" maya has spent time engaged in modelling, research, political education, writing, activism, and other arts/cultural work. They use a variety of artistic disciplines and methodologies in their work (which is intentionally political.)
maya hopes that as their platforms/social media/presence grows that it allows for more connection with people around the country and the globe who care about fashion, human rights, environmental justice, and collective liberation. They also hope to inspire and encourage other curve/plus-size people to consider modelling and entering the fashion industry.
For maya, modelling really is the cherry on top and allows them to showcase their beauty alongside their brains!