“Maria Snyder is an internationally renowned top model, trailblazing designer, eco-fashion pioneer, environmental education activist, as well as leading “A New Generation of Artists for Peace” Maria is recognized as a visual communicator and thought leader, who has increasingly devoted her talents to issues of peace and sustainability.”
– Dr. Gregory Pappas, MD PhD, author, MEGACITIES AND GLOBAL HEALTH
Maria’s passion for art and the environment, as well as her entrepreneurial and humanist spirit come from her family’s heritage; her father, a pioneering developer of the revitalization of modern Portland, Maine; her brothers, whose life-long interests are environmental sciences and development, and her Mother’s family relations in politics and service.
Maria studied at the American University in Paris and received a Master’s Degree in 20th century art history. She was discovered by Yves Saint Laurent and went on to have an international modeling career with the world’s legendary designers, artists and photographers. Maria rose to international fame as an innovative fashion designer, turning her art into design. She was heralded by Tiffany as “one of the hottest fashion designers” globally.
Maria is considered a pioneer in eco fashion, as “one of the first designers to introduce an exclusive eco fashion collection created from recycled materials.” She coined the phrase “Nouvelle Couture”, introducing a modern concept of traditional couture. Her innovative designs in art and fashion have won her numerous accolades and recognition from the Encyclopedia of Costume Jewelry, the U.S. Department of Commerce and has earned her a nomination on the Council of Fashion Designers of America.
Maria’s latest brands, in which she is partnered with some of the world’s top organizations in education, science, the environment and arts, are garnering international recognition. Her conviction that art can transform the world underlies these recent brands, with a focus on education with Eco Boys and Girls®, fashion with Ecobrands™ and art with Peacearth®.