With as many passions as accomplishments, Maria Thattil is one impressive woman. She's a writer, speaker, content creator and equality activist - she also has a degree in psychology and management. Alongside all of this, she also happens to be Miss Universe Australia 2020. And she's only 28.
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With her many talents, her undeniable confidence and her striking physical beauty - it's easy to think Maria's journey and success has been pretty smooth sailing.
However, as she sits down with Mamamia in a refreshingly honest interview, we learn that that finding her feet in an idealised beauty industry has been anything but easy.
Here, the Olay ambassador talks about everything from navigating her self-image to the importance of representation.
Maria Thattil's approach to beauty.
If there's one thing you've already noticed about Maria, it's just how diverse she is in her career path - which is something the former makeup artist says heavily influences her approach to beauty.
"This seems to be in the fabric of my DNA - appreciating differences."