Lekkakos has been involved in pageantry for a long time, first entering a "little Greek pageant" called Queen of Hearts as a young girl. After graduating from Rockport High School in 1996, Lekkakos attended Catherine East. Hinds school of Esthetics with the Area of Study in Medical/Spa Esthetics in 1998 and Blaine Hair School with the Area of Study in Nail Art in 1998. As a highly trained and established professional in the field of skincare aesthetics, she currently owns her own business, "M. Lekkakos" in Wenham, Massachusetts.
Her spa has been widely noted in numerous national magazines including Allure, Lucky, the Spa Journal and SKIN. In February 2006 Maria was the wedding stylist for former Mission New York United States of America 2004, Jaclyn Nesheiwat, the bride of rocker Scott Stapp.
Later that year she styled Despina Delios for the 2007 Mission Massachusetts United States of America competition. Favorite movie is The Godfather
Is first generation Greek-American
Favorite song I Only Ask Foreign Your Love
Favorite food is Greek cuisine
Very close to her family
Is proud of her Greek heritage which plays an important role in her daily life.