Autarchic: Griffin Maria

Model Griffin Maria
Model Griffin Maria

We promise you that once you discover Griffin Maria’s Instagram, you’re going to be scrolling for hours on end. She’s self-made, self-reliant, and humble as they come in the modeling industry. With her knockout looks, exciting personality, and a desire to want to be better in every way, you’ll appreciate and be wanting more from this beautiful, talented woman.

How did you get interested in modeling?

I’m a self-made model, so there isn’t some story of me at the grocery store or pumping gas and an agency scout noticing me and handing me the golden ticket. Modeling is something I wanted to personally pursue, on my own terms, in my own way, and as my own boss, so I guess what was discovered was that fire and motivation inside to start that uphill climb.

When you started to model, did you have specific things that you wanted to accomplish or were you more go with the flow?

As with anything, expectations begin to grow or change over time. In the first couple of years, it was a struggle to not only get noticed, but also to differentiate myself from the crowd. The world already has plenty of models, cosplayers, and content creators, so I wanted to figure out what would set me apart. What do I bring to a shoot, or a convention? Once I was able to sort of find my own voice, it became a matter of growth. Where do I go from here without betraying my roots, or my fanbase, or my own personal interests.

When you started to gain popularity with your modeling, how did that feel and what did that mean to you?

Validation is an important aspect of any profession, so obviously it felt good to see that the work I was producing was well-received and liked by my audience. For me, a growing fan base is motivation to work harder and to keep cranking out the best possible content that I can. I want to be sure to keep that fan base and audience happy, but at the same time I want to work even harder to reach new goals. Knowing that people like and respond to my modeling is fuel to my creative fire.

Your content is incredible. How do you come up with ideas, and how have you been able to be so consistent with quality work?

I’m my own boss, and I’ve made a business out of this, so the consistency is something that isn’t an option. I need new content on a regular basis, and on top of that, I actually enjoy that creative process. Sometimes shoots are inspired by particular outfits, sometimes by locations, and others by theme. I’m a big pop-culture nerd, so many of my body-painting shoots have been tied to Star Wars, fantasy RPGs, Marvel characters, or other familiar faces. Mostly I’ve described my modeling as Playboy in style, so many of my shoots are done with that sort of idea or vibe. I love finding the balance between sultry, sexy, beautiful, and fun.

What is the most important thing to you about your modeling career?

That’s a tough question to answer because this career has many facets to it, and to narrow it down to one thing is nearly impossible. Maintaining professional relationships. Creating meaningful content. Pushing myself. Being my own boss. And of course the creative process itself, which is at the core of a career like this. I think being an active part in my own work is important. In others words, I’m not someone to just show up, take pics, and wait for edits to come back to me. I’m involved in every aspect of my work, whether it is contacting photographers, finding outfits, scouting locations, or attending events. Working with talented photographers is absolutely one of the highlights, and seeing their skill behind the camera always has me amazed. I love the energy at conventions and the excitement of being out there on the floor as a part of something bigger. There’s something satisfying about seeing those final pics and knowing the long road it took to get there.

Is there anything that you would change or want to do differently with your modeling?

The industry itself goes through subtle changes that I do my best to navigate. I enjoy what I do, and have worked hard to create my own personal brand, so I’m not looking to make big changes to that.

Besides modeling, what else grabs your attention?

As I mentioned before, I’m a big nerd at heart. I love sci-fi and fantasy, and I love reading a good book. In addition to being a full-time model, I also produce content for a tabletop role-playing Twitch channel called WheelhouseRPG. I’m a part of the regular cast, and I also do all of our video edits as well as produce all kinds of additional content that goes up on YouTube and other social media.

Have you encountered any setbacks during your modeling career? If so, how did you overcome them?

I’ve been lucky enough not to have major setbacks, but the road itself is tough. There are social media algorithms to battle, new platforms to explore, and always the need to produce more content which can be exhausting, even if it is fun. But this is my life, this is what I do, and part of taking yourself seriously is never giving up and staying focused enough to find solutions when obstacles pop up.

What sets you apart and makes you stand out from other models?

I try to bring a combination of fun and sexy to my work and really let my personality come through the pictures. A lot of what I shoot might be boudoir, lingerie, nude, swimsuit, etc., and although a lot of those pics have a definite sex appeal to them, there is also a sense of fun and flirtation if you dig through the whole set. You can’t be a diva in this world and expect anyone to ever want to work with you. If you could be a fly on the wall at my shoots, you’d see the fun, goofy, sometimes hilarious, occasionally embarrassing road we take to get to the end. I try to be as active as I can on platforms like Patreon or OnlyFans, and I genuinely enjoy hearing from people or running into fans at conventions or events.

What advice would give to an aspiring model, and how to become successful in the industry?

My advice would be to get into this industry for the creativity and not the attention. Know yourself, trust yourself, and stay true to yourself. Be confident in your decisions and in your work. Surround yourself with people who believe in you, love you, and build you up. Be your own boss, make your own name. This life is a lot of work, but it can be a lot of fun if you get out of your own way and enjoy it.

What can people expect to see from you in the future? 

Every month brings new content. I try to stay creative and constantly build on what I’ve already done rather than get comfortable where I currently sit. I’ve got some brand new photographers as well as some beautiful models I can’t wait to shoot with. The goal is to continually create sexy and fun content that keeps the fanbase wanting more! Eventually, I would love to help manage new models as they get involved in the industry and help set them on a path that will help them become the best possible model they can be.