Cheryl Maitland
Maxim Australia|June 2017

The gorgeous Married At First Sight star has had her fair share of controversy recently and this stunning MAXIM cover shoot is sure to raise a few more eyebrows. Yes, it’s time to get to know more about Australia’s reality TV babe of the year…

Santi Pintado

Hey Cheryl, congrats on your first MAXIM cover. How do you feel?

Is this real? Someone pinch me! I feel so very lucky to be featured in MAXIM let alone on the cover!

Why did you want to do this shoot?

Well, it’s the first photo shoot I’ve done and I wanted to do it so I can look back and have nice pictures of myself. I’m at the stage in my life where I am super comfortable in my body, and how I feel and look, so I wanted to capture these natural and earthy pictures. I loved how comfortable Angel [the photographer] made me, as I was pretty nervous at the start, but once we got into it I became a lot more relaxed and it felt natural.

What was going through your mind while posing for this shoot?

Is my bum poked out enough? Am I sucking my tummy in? Is my face relaxed?... Let’s just say I was thinking A LOT, which I guess you aren’t meant to do but it was super hard not to think, “How do I look?”

Well, you look gorgeous. When do you feel sexy, Cheryl?

Oh, thanks! I am super comfortable and feel great every day – even when I’m at home relaxing – but I do feel sexy when I get glammed up for an event. I mean, who doesn’t?

What is your best asset?

I feel like I am very humble and I treat all people as equals. I know everyone is going through different experiences in life so I just try and make sure they are treated the same as I would like to be treated.

For those who don’t know a lot about you, tell us more about yourself.

OK, well you may want to grab a seat and get comfy! No, I won’t take that long. Well, I was born in Scotland and moved to Perth, Western Australia, when I was a toddler. I grew up on an acreage there and my childhood was nothing short of amazing. I have a large family – three sisters and three brothers – and wouldn’t have it any other way. My sisters and I all grew up around horses which I have a massive passion for. Then once I’d finished school I felt like I needed a change in life, so I moved to Queensland and have been here ever since. If I’m not working I’m travelling and seeing as much of the world as possible – I try and do at least one Bali trip a year and then a large trip. Travelling is a major part of my life and I want to see a lot of the world before settling down.

When you’re not modelling for MAXIM magazine what do you do?

Well, I definitely don’t classify myself as a model – I’m just a typical girl. I work full-time and when I’m not working I try to make the most of my spare time by seeing friends or going on adventures. I love being outdoors and exploring.

Describe a typical day in your life.

Work, eat, sleep – repeat! I know this sounds funny but my days are quiet normal. I get up for a walk with some girlfriends, work and then relax at home. Of course, weekends usually tend to be different so sometimes I’ll go out for dinner and other times I’ll just have a chilled weekend. It really just depends what’s on.

You featured in the most recent season of Married At First Sight. How would you best describe your experience on the show?

A roller coaster that I don’t realy want to go on again. LOL!

How do you feel about your portrayal on the show?

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