A speaker, writer, creator and Miss Universe Australia, I am many things - but first and foremost, I believe I am proof that ambition backed with intention, action and conscious energy will enable you to soar.

A firm believer in the power of diversity, inclusivity, equality and mastering the mind - I work to create space so that others too can become their most empowered self. “


Maria Thattil (born February 4th, 1993) is Miss Universe Australia and a South-Asian Australian writer, speaker, founder of the Mind With Me podcast, model and digital creator. Her multi-hyphen career is a curation of projects that champion critical social justice issues including anti-racism work, diversity, inclusion and representation activism, youth empowerment, and mental health and gender equality advocacy. A fierce activist for social causes, Thattil serves as a member of the United Nations Association of Australia and supports United Nations Youth Australia, Mission Australia and SisterWorks. She is currently completing an internationally accredited neurocoaching qualification and in May 2021, she will represent Australia in the 69th edition of the global Miss Universe competition.




The Mind With Me podcast was created with the fundamental belief that boxes were made to be broken. Originally created as a social media empowerment series, Maria founded Mind With Me in the midst of lockdown in May 2020, where she created weekly episodes about social and cultural matters that impacted her viewers with a commitment to supporting the mental health, emotional wellbeing and empowerment of people impacted globally by the challenging social context of the time.