New Zealand’s own Victoria’s Secret model, Maia Cotton, is a genuine superstar but with a grounded and humble New Zealand attitude. The 20-year-old is now back in her home town of Palmerston North and we catch up to see what she’s doing to keep busy.


An American Marriage (left); Mad Men (right)

Maia, tell us — the best TV show/s you’ve recently binged.

I’ve been binging Grace and Frankie, and have recently discovered Mad Men.

What film would you highly recommend to watch while pretending to work from home?

Lost in Translation.

What book has helped you get to sleep during the quiet nights of late?

An American Marriage by Tayari Jones is my current read.

Name your go-to comfort dish to ease the worst feelings of existential despair.

I made pumpkin and ricotta ravioli the other night. I can confirm that it eased those feelings.

We all need new procrastination tools in these uncertain times, what exhilarating hobby have you recently added to your resume?

I love to cook. I cook for myself in New York but never really get the chance to experiment. Now that I’m home, I’m enjoying cooking new recipe ideas for my family to try.

Increased mindfulness is essential in this climate — name your top tips for getting out of your head.

It’s cliché but yoga or just exercise in general. Also listening to music and reading.

Give a piece of advice to those trying to work from home.

Have a morning routine that sets you up for the day. Also, stay off social media until tasks are completed.

What does a post-Covid-19 world look like?

Hopefully a much kinder one. Covid-19 has forced me to pause and evaluate what’s truly important in my life. I’ll never take for granted things I might have found annoying before, like waiting in line or being in a crowded restaurant.

Maia Cotton

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