Maya Haile Samuelsson

International top model represented by the prestigious New York Model Management

Maya Haile, also known in the fashion industry as Gate, is an Ethiopian born international top model currently represented by the prestigious New York Model Management. Maya started her modeling career with IMG Paris after being discovered by Skin Modeling Agency in the Netherlands.

Maya walked the runways in Paris, Milan, New York City, Seoul, and Cape Town, and worked with such designers as Valentino, Armani, Yves Saint Laurent, and Donna Karan.Maya is also the face of top beauty brands, Garnier, L’Oreal,Avon, Clear, and international department stores, Nordstrom, Macy's, and Target.

As a founder and board director of Three Goats Organization, a charity that is dedicated to alleviate the plight of women in rural areas in Ethiopia through education, Maya is deeply involved in raising funds for projects and continue to be active in development issues of her country of birth. In 2011, Maya organized an event in New York City to raise funds for people that were affected by drought in the Horn of Africa, and personally travelled to visit and distribute emergency food rations.

Maya is a member of the steering committee for UNICEF’s Next Generation, an organization of young professionals committed to improving the lives of children around the world, and supports multiple foundations and shares her local knowledge and experience in charitable activities in Ethiopia to multiple organizations around the world.Maya also actively supports other young Ethiopian models to get the same opportunity she got through different endeavors. Maya is an avid follower of basketball and soccer. She also likes biking and doing yoga at her spare time.