etnies Girl: So, Maria, what are your interests?
Maria: Skateboarding will always be at the top. I also love Italia, fashion, shopping and customizing clothes. I’m a bit image obsessed! I don’t have a certain style and love experimenting. I love being with my friends, just chilling and having a laugh. I couldn’t live without music, and love all of it, really! Queen and Razorlight are my favorite right now, and funky house, especially at a club. It’s the best music to dance to. I really enjoy eating too—I love food!
etnies Girl: What are your talents?
Maria: “I’m literate and stylish, kissable and quiet!” No, that’s a hard question to answer myself. I guess skateboarding would be my main talent.
etnies Girl: How did you get involved in skating?
Maria: I was about 14 when I started. Some older guys who lived down the road who all my mates used to stalk used to skate. We thought it was really cool—and the way to get in with the guys, obviously—so me and my mate Lottie decided to start together, seeing as no other girls skated where we lived. It was ace; we skated every night after school and the guys were really supportive, but her board got stolen so I just ended up skating with the guys. The council then built a skate park in our town. I loved the lifestyle, and all the peeps I met. I’m no going back!
etnies Girl: What do you like about etnies Girl?
Maria: The shoes and clothes are really stylish and practical and it has such a sick team! The team rips, but at the same time has so much steez! etnies Girl proves the fact that girls can really skate hard but look good at the same time. They do a lot for girls too—they really support girls who skate, surf and ride by sponsoring loads of events. It’s a proper company just for us girls.
etnies Girl: Why are you an etnies Girl?
Maria: I don’t want to sound as if I'm biggin’ myself up too much, but I like to think I’m creative in both the way I look and the way I skate. I like to be different from everybody else, and I admire people who do what they want and don’t feel as if they have to conform to fit in. I love partying, but am also dedicated to skating and loyal to my friends and family. I want to prove to people that you can be whatever you want to be. Just because I’m a skateboarder it doesn’t mean that I have to look or act like a skateboarder. Stereotypes really annoy me, as everybody is different and it’s impossible to classify people by the way they look or dress.
etnies Girl: What do you do for fun?
Maria: Skateboarding! Although I get angry at times, it’s always fun, even if it’s just chilling at the park or traveling from place to place. When I’m not skating I love hanging out with my friends on the weekends.
etnies Girl: Where do you find inspiration?
Maria: In other people. People push me in life and in skating.
etnies Girl: What’s your biggest accomplishment?
Maria: Finding my soul mate.
etnies Girl: You attended Girlie Skate Camps in Barcelona, Spain, last year. How was it?
Maria: It was the best time of my life. A beautiful city full of beautiful people! I met so many awesome people out there, and it was strange being able to skate and hang out with other girls who shared the same interests, as there are only a few girl skaters where I live. It must have seemed strange to the locals too, when a huge group of girls turn up and start ripping the place apart! Fondo was the highlight of the trip, but all the spots were incredible. It pushed me so much seeing girls so good, for example, Lauren and Elissa from etnies. Everyday was perfect, we skated hard all day, moving from spot to spot, tanning at the same time (woo!) and then all went to some stylish bars and clubs in the evenings! It was also really good because we were from all over the world and were united as one. The trip made me realize that skating is so much more than just a sport, it’s the best lifestyle. Whoa, I’m getting a bit emotional! Ha!
etnies Girl: What was it like doing your first contest last year? What other events have you competed in since and what are your plans for this year?
Maria: It was a competition in Birmingham, and I came second. It was my first competition so I was terrified, but it went really well. There haven’t been any other girl’s comps in the UK that I've known of this year but ones coming up in August at St. Albans, which I should be going to. I recently had an interview in Check It Out magazine and now ride for a new UK girl’s team, Rogue, so I have been traveling around the country with them, shooting some photos. My plans for this year are to skate and travel about as much as possible. I’m going to another Girlie Camp in Manchester this summer, which I’m really looking forward to.
etnies Girl: What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever received?
Maria: My parents always give me advice, but I never listen or realize that it was worth taking until I’ve already made the mistakes. It’s true, your parents really do know best! It’s not my best but I really like this advice: “Do not read beauty magazines, they will only make you feel ugly.”
etnies Girl: What’s really important to you?
Maria: My friends and family. Without them I’d have nothing!
etnies Girl: Is there anything else you would like to tell us about yourself?
Maria: Well, I died my hair last summer and it’s faded to a horrible ginger color, which I’m really annoyed and deeply hurt about.
Maria’s Favorite Things
Animal: “My cat Rocco.”
Hangout: “Cleopatra Discoteca—the best club in the world!”
Song: “Don’t Stop Me Now” by Queen
Album: “Up All Night” by Razorlight
Book: “Captain Corelli’s Mandolin” by Louis de Bernières
Movie: “Life Is Beautiful”
TV show: “‘Desperate Housewives’—we love Gabrielle!”
Game: After Eight
Candy: Mars Delight
Vacation: Girlie Camp
Hobby: “Skateboarding—so cliché—and shopping.”
Guilty pleasure: “Eating two packets of Haribo in a row.”
Athlete: Lucy Adams
Hero: “Bastien Salabanzi—just for his revert steez! To do backside flips like him is one of my aims in life.”
etnies Girl shoe: “The Assist Velcro, the purple ones. Mmmmm!”
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