Though she still claims Buffalo as her hometown, Makaila and her family moved to The Sunshine State of Florida when she was four years old. She spent her childhood climbing trees, playing sports, watching too many crime shows, and establishing a nickname that’s familiar to her many fans and followers. More than decade later, Makaila inevitably thinks someone is mad at her when she hears her full name, so she prefers ‘Mak.’
Modeling was a distant thought for Mak, but that quickly changed when a scout approached her while shopping in Orlando. She began her modeling career at age fourteen when she signed with a respected agency, Wilhelmina Models International.
Like any teenager, Mak likes to eat, and after struggling to maintain her health while conforming to difficult weight standards as a model, she took a short break to resume ‘normal’ life. However, she soon missed the entertainment industry and craved a creative outlet. Mak went on to sign with high-profile agencies in New York City and Los Angeles.
Since then, she’s juggled her education, modeling and acting roles, and a newfound passion for writing. Mak accomplishes all this while traveling coast-to-coast for work and then home to Florida for school and family.
Currently, she’s focusing on inspiring and supporting her peers through philanthropic initiatives including the Great American No Bull Challenge and the release of her first book, Blatantly Honest: Normal Teen, Abnormal Life. When Mak initially met with Brown Books Publishing Group, they were enthusiastic to share her story and message, because of its relevance in today’s digitally-addicted, fast-paced world. Launching October 2016, her title delivers real, relatable advice on navigating life as a teen and the pressure to grow up far too early.
In addition to the debut of Blatantly Honest, Mak’s entertainment career continues to thrive, and she’s now represented by both a renowned theatrical agency and high-fashion modeling agency in The Big Apple – ONE Model Management. Next up, she’s taking her dark side to the silver screen with sinister role in a horror film that is in pre-production. And yes, she’s been cast as ‘the crazy one.’
Mak will be attending The University of Central Florida this fall to study business, entrepreneurship, and writing, and she’ll also maintain her work as an actress and model. When asked about the secret to her resilience and motivation, Mak explains simply, “I want to be successful by using my past experiences and education, but most importantly, I want to be happy.”
Weight: 129 lbs
– Christina Ruales Runway (New York Fashion Week)
– Cover Shutter Magazine
– Cover T-SHIFT Magazine
– Cover Kuiote Magazine
– Cover Element Magazine
– Cover Alchemist Magazine
– Elie Tahari Print
– Giorgio Armani Runway
– Grace in LA Campaign
– John Paul Ataker Runway (New York Fashion Week)
– Macy’s Fashion Front Row (Televised Event)
– Matrix Campaign
– Neiman Marcus Runway
– Neiman Marcus Print
– Nolcha Shows (New York Fashion Week)
– Saks Fifth Avenue Print
– Visa-Versa Campaign (Phillipines)