maya finoh (they/them) 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. 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.)
They walked for Chromat in 2020 New York Fashion Week, a highlight in their career to be part of 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 and The Unplug Collective.
maya hopes that as their social media presence grows 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 and 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 aesthetic and political vision.