Young, sassy, and full of creative energy, Maria knows how to take life by the horns. A native of the Chicagoland area, Maria has a colorful personality - in and out of work - that allows her to successfully meet and greet a wide-range of individuals from Boston to Los Angeles. Growing up, not only did she have the opportunity to regularly travel across the USA, she also had the chance to learn from her surroundings. Maria is a woman who embraces challenges while also keeping true to herself, her passion, and - ultimately - the goals important in her life.
Recently, PdM had the pleasure of of interacting with Maria, who resides in the heart of Chicago. Decked out in two of her favorite outfits, her look represents a blending of cultures that is fit for the diverse society Chicago offers the world. Maria was styled and photographed at a local spot in Chicago's South Loop neighborhood, and believes the experience is only the beginning.
In addition to currently working a job related to her field of study, she also has quite a talent. "In my spare time I am a professional wedding singer, which has brought me to meet so many wonderful people over the years."
Current Job/Career: Marketing
Location in Chicago: South Lakeview
Favorite Travel Destination: West Coast
Favorite Cuisine: Thai/Peruvian
Favorite Cocktail: Strong Gin and Tonic :)
Where in the world have you lived/worked: I lived in India until I was 4 and 1/2
Role Model(s): My mom and my sister in law.
Hobbies: Singing, planning trips to visit new and exotic places, and to be a tourist and try something new whether it may be a restaurant or a cool venue.
How did you get involved in your line of work: Studied Public Communication in college and got lucky with the field I got into. I also network daily with new and old contacts I have built since high school onward.
What are some of your goals for 2013: Would like to get a new position in a different company for the experience. Definitely up for the challenge, whether it may be to move out of state or move to the suburbs. I would like to travel to South America, primarily Brazil, and maybe try to go to Cuba as well.
What is the best acting gig/opportunity you've had so far: My favorite acting gig was sophomore year of High School where I got the lead role in the play Diary of Anne Frank. Best experience ever! The emotions, the drama, the chemistry with everyone on the set was amazing. Best part, I was able to show my craft to everyone in my Sophomore class, because they got a special screening and I was the only Sophomore that got picked to be in the play!
Where would you like to travel for work: Anywhere outside of the United States. I have traveled significantly throughout the US growing up, but would like to see the world with all expenses paid by my employer. Now that would be amazing!
Best thing about Chicago: The diversity and culture behind all the fun neighborhoods, and deep dish pizza!
One thing you would change about Chicago: The weather!
Any words of wisdom for our viewers:
Being beautiful is to show confidence in every step you take in life. People will automatically be enamored by your beauty if you know you got it yourself!
Somehow, we feel this isn't the last time we'll be hearing about this multifaceted belle.
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