Mariya is a contemporary fashion photographer, based out of the Oakland, CA. Her narrative style is exemplified by showcasing strong emotion, mood and attitude from her models, as well as a distinguishing use of vibrant color palettes, unique composition, and attention to detail. Her thesis work, Freedom to Choose, utilizes her signature style to comment on the necessary update of contemporary gender roles, through a fashion lens. In her work, she aims to empower her models, and thereby empowering her audience, in adopting the traditional gender roles of the opposite sex. In this way, she seeks to legitimize women to be strong, independent and powerful, and for men to feel encouraged in assuming soft, vulnerable and reflective personalities; to exert themselves in a global society however they choose, and to feel warranted in doing so. 

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