In 2018, Maki founded Asian American Girl Club, her answer to the exclusion she felt growing up and experiences even now, as an actress in Hollywood. The fashion and lifestyle brand aims to redefine the modern Asian American woman through normalization and unity. AAGC’s popular Instagram account showcases its vibrant members, proudly wearing the brand’s T-shirts. “I wanted to change the narrative of what a club should feel like, what a club can be for you, your self-worth, identity and confidence,” Maki adds.
Ahead, Maki talks AAGC, her special relationship with Olivia Munn, and why it’s important for Asian Americans to be allies to the Black community.