It all started at a Lexus track day two years ago. Now, this duo will swap tarmac for dirt and dunes.
Mia is the Emerging Platforms Director at Cosmopolitan and is a multi-hyphenate, creator who oversees the brand’s TikTok, Snapchat, and social-first projects. Her content spans the gamut from learning how to drive a manual transmission to what every driver should know about hybrid and EV vehicles.
Mara is the Associate Creative Director at Hearst Autos and the resident automotive and motorsports expert. She’s a track habitué that knows her way around the garage and is the host of the Car School 101 mini series on Cosmopolitan’s TikTok.
Together, these two make up “The Cosmos” Team #192—an epic collaboration between Lexus, Cosmopolitan, Car and Driver, and Hearst Autos.
Car and Driver
I am a type A-. I care a lot about what I do but will never take anything too seriously.
Emerging Platforms Director
New York, NY
“What’s for you won’t pass you.”
I interned for Martha Stewart for three semesters. She snuck up on me in the prop closet while I was wrapping her dishes. I’ve never known and will never know fear like that again.
I am known as the "bad driver” in my family. While I’m the navigator on our team, I love to work on my weaknesses and understand how I hold myself back. Having trained for a marathon, I’ve learned that the best way to self-improve is to push yourself beyond what you think you’re capable of doing—because you can do it. I’m a big planner and love to be meticulous about the timelines that I plan my life around. As I get older, I realize that spontaneity can be a great thing and teach you lessons that you’re meant to learn at the perfect moment. So the question for me isn’t “why now?”—it’s “why not now?”
My parents, who built a small business together and work together to keep the dream alive 39 years later.
Conan O’Brien Needs a Friend
Moving to New York City after college, which has presented me with more opportunities, friends, and memories than I could have ever imagined.
I'm not a regular mom. I'm a cool mom.
Associate Creative Director
Elmwood Park, NJ
"When in doubt, flat out."
I bought a manual car before I knew how to drive stick and what an interesting first-drive home that was.
I've known about the Rebelle Rally since it was first founded in 2015 and always imagined that I would be a part of it one day. After working in luxury fashion, travel, automotive, and motorsports for over a decade—the stars aligned with the perfect OEM partner and navigator to help bring this dream to the finish line. Timing is everything.
My 3-year-old daughter, Tala.
The Dark House Podcast by House Beautiful
Go Like Hell by A.J. Baime
Anything on Bravo
It seems cliche, but having a baby. If I could do that, I could do just about anything, right?