Paola Giraldo

I’m 27 and Venezuelan. Love, family and dreams are everything to me! Moved to NYC by myself to work hard for those dreams, NOW I’M IN MAXIM!

Quarter-Finalist

voting resumes July 6th

Paola Giraldo took 1st place in her group and has entered the Quarter-Finals! Voting to determine the next Maxim Cover Girl resumes Monday July 6th. Stay tuned!

Winner to be featured on the cover of

Everyone has a secret talent, what is yours?

Overthink! It's a little crazy, but I spend time understanding people's behavior and how their train of thoughts work based on the environment where they grew up (family, economic and cultural). I love meeting people and listening without taboos to all their stories, then I like to develop crazy ideas on how we could improve the world if we only understood, why each human being acts differently. This has always inspired me to meet different kinds of amazing people around the world.

If you were voted our cover girl, what would you do with $25,000?

I have always thought that talent goes hand in hand with education, If I was to win the $25,000, I would create a virtual talent academy where teachers from all over the world can share their knowledge with people who want to develop their talents, but don't have the economic means to do so. You can have incredible talent, but if we don't know how to develop it by acquiring new knowledge and staying up to date in this constantly changing world, it becomes more difficult to achieve our dreams.