With the new release of our limited range SELENE, comes a new fresh and beautiful Neon Moon Model - Maya! Being Half Mixed White and Half Black Caribbean, Maya shatters all stereotypes of what a woman of colour looks like. We ask Maya 5 questions on a range of topics, from how she got involved with Neon Moon to what she'd advise her younger self! Have a read of what our new Neon Moon babe Maya has to say below!
1. How did you first hear about Neon Moon?
I found out about Neon Moon by chance at their V&A Late event. The theme was underwear, and there were these gorgeous and diverse life models standing in and around the art-work, fitting in perfectly and wearing Neon Moon underwear. I instantly wanted to get involved (I was one of the few people at the event who dressed for the theme, wearing just a lace bra on top). I went and spoke to Hayat, who clearly stood out as the woman in charge. She was bright and positive and just as eager to have me on board as I was to work with her.
2. Why did you choose to become a Neon Moon Model?
I was so inspired by the models I saw. There were women of all shapes and sizes, races and ages. They stood proud and confident. It was wonderful to see women taking control and being the change they wanted to see in their industry – advertising to women through positivity and relatability, rather than shaming and pressuring. Of course I wanted to be a part of that.
3. What inspires you?
The person I always look to for inspiration would be my mother: a single mother, self-employed carpenter, cancer survivor, fierce feminist and so much more. Also I made a decision this year to only read books written by women in an attempt to correct the imbalance caused by almost exclusively reading books written by men at school, and that’s been really inspiring. Hit me up if you want some great book suggestions!
4. What are the little things that make you happy?
When I walk past a fruit stand and am hit by the smell of peaches or mangos. Clean sheets. When the perfect song for that moment comes on shuffle. Spaghetti with pesto. When I make people laugh. When I’m having a rough week and my partner hides avocados in strange places in our room because it makes me smile when I find them.
5. What’s one piece of advice you would give to your younger self?
I think I’d just tell myself to trust that things will turn out ok eventually. And not to worry so much because it doesn’t help anything and it’s easier to fuck up your sleep pattern than it is to fix it. And do the exercises the physio gave you because they’re less tedious than chronic pain. But mainly that things will be ok. That wasn’t really one piece of advice, sorry.