Maria Thattil is an award-winning TedX speaker, Penguin published author, actor, host, presenter, columnist and creator.
A sought-after columnist, Maria writes for outlets including Stellar Magazine, 9Honey, Buzzfeed, Body+Soul, Mamamia, and Women’s Agenda. She has headlined global campaigns for brands including Olay, Alfa Romeo, Clinique, Piper Heidsieck, and L’Oréal Paris. Her first book, Unbounded, navigates the complexities of race, sexuality, gender, and identity and offers readers an active guide toward self-mastery. A guest Host on Channel 10’s The Project, Thattil is also a current panelist on Channel 9’s Today Extra and Talking Honey, and her 2022 appearance on I’m a Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here! made waves internationally when she came out as bisexual on-air. In 2023, she joined an all-star lineup as a guest judge on Season 3 of Ru Paul’s Drag Race Down Under & debuted her acting career on ABC’s reboot of ‘Mother and Son’.
Awarded ‘The Voice of Now’ Award in the 2023 Marie Claire Women of The Year Awards, Thattil is celebrated for her work as a trailblazing Australian who staunchly uses her voice to campaign for change. She writes, speaks, hosts, and creates, dedicating her multi-hyphen career to campaigning for diversity, inclusion, LGBTQIA+ rights, mental health and gender equality. Thattil is set to propel her acting career by appearing on another leading network show in 2024.
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What would you change in your life if you could silence the voice that tells you: you’re not enough, keep quiet, you can’t do it, or there is no space for you?
As we grow and move through the world, it shrinks us and puts us in boxes – tells us who we should be, what we’re capable of, and who to love.
As a queer child of immigrants, Maria Thattil knows what it is like to struggle with belonging. To have confusing, disparate identities, none of them fitting traditional ideas of worth, power or success.