Maya Elliott is the face of generation, a supermodel, and student by profession; she stands 5'11 inches tall and expands her influence in the fashion world, bringing together the sharpest female brains in the Fashion world. She is born and brought up in Atlanta, Georgia, USA.
She has a great camera presence. Her look is flexible ranging from High Fashion, to Fitness/Lifestyle. She was scouted by IMG models and life has changed for since then as she is getting ready to be America’s next top model. She is represented by Ursula Wiedmann models in Women main board and they are specialised in finding amazing models and developing them to be the best models and talent they can be. She is in conversation with team Opinion Express.
First off tell us how you were “discovered” and how your modelling career all started?
I was discovered by IMG models through their Instagram campaign ‘WLYG’ and was shortly signed after that. It all started from there.
What kind of connection do you share with India, considering your Indian roots? Is there a bit of influence that Indian lineage gives to your food and culture choices?
My mom was born and brought up in India until she was thirteen so since I was little I have been introduced to the food and culture of India. Some of the customs and our family dynamics come from that Indian lineage.
Having walked for so many runway shows, you must have had lots of exposure in the high fashion, glamour side of the industry. Which would you say, has been your best show till date and why?
I liked the first show that I did, which was at the Americas mart in Atlanta because everything was so new and exciting and the adrenaline was pumping and all the clothes that I wore were amazing.
Was modelling something you always wanted to do, or did it just happen?
I would always watch reality Tv shows about modelling like America’s next top model and it always sparked an interest and then one day I just thought that it would be a cool thing to try to do and it’s been going since.
What do you do to stay in shape?
I try to stay in good shape by eating healthy, mainly home cooked meals and staying active by going to the gym and participating in sports.
Are you into watching Bollywood films? If yes who is your favourite actor?
I don’t watch as many Bollywood movies as I should but I love watching the music videos from the movies. Of course everyone knows Aishwarya Rai and Priyanka Chopra but I also like Deepika (who doesn’t?) and Alia Bhatt even though she’s technically British.
For the gentlemen I like SRK and Salman Khan. I also like Jishu Sengupta because my mom is Bengali and she watches Bengali movies too.
Do we also see an actress in Maya Elliott? Is acting in your bucket? If yes what kind of characters do you desire to play?
As far as acting is concerned, it’s surely on my list in the future. Atlanta has a lot of movies and television shows that are shot here and I can start out as an extra and move into other supporting roles. I have to wait till I turn 18 because of my height I can’t pass for a teenager. In order to play an adult role I have to be 18. So let’s see what happens over the next year. There are a lot of possibilities but I think I would do better in a comedic/light role rather than a dramatic one.
(The writer is Nithya Ramesh, Bureau Chief – Fashion & Entertainment Desk)