Born in Colombia, South America, to a Chinese mother and Colombian father, Maria grew up in a multicultural household which led her to become fluent in Spanish, Chinese, and English. An avid language learner, she continues to learn French and Cantonese.
Maria graduated from Simon Fraser University with a Communications degree and a Certificate in Liberal Arts.
She has worked with local community TV in Vancouver, emcees for shows benefitting the community, and was the winner of Sunshine Nation 2012, Miss Chinese Cosmos Pageant North America 2015, and Miss Chinese Vancouver 2016.
She has experience as a Public Relations specialist and has been the host of 3 shows for Hunan TV International Channel (湖南卫视国际频道).
Maria is currently based in Vancouver and China.