Teenager who put himself in fake McDonald's poster wants 'more representation in TV and Hollywood'

Sophie Williams
Jevh Maravilla and his friend, Christian Toledo pose with their fake poster in a Houston McDonald's: Twitter/@JevHolution

A teenager who put a poster of himself and a friend on the wall of a McDonald’s store after noticing a lack of diversity says he “would love to see more representation on TV and in Hollywood.”

Jevh Maravilla, 21, and his friend Christian put up their own piece of branded art inside the restaurant in Texas after noticing that there was a lack in diversity in the artwork on the walls.

The artwork stayed in the store for over 51 days and went viral on social media in September. The student's Youtube video amassing over one million views.

Mr Maravilla told the BBC: “I feel I’ve made my mark with McDonald’s but I’d love to see more representation on TV and in Hollywood.”

Last week, the two teenagers were invited onto the Ellen DeGeneres show where they were told that McDonald’s would be featuring them in their next advertising campaign as part of their commitment to diversity.

The pair were handed $25,000 (£18,972.50) each for taking part in the campaign.

Mr Maravilla says he will donate some of the cash to a church in the Philippines.

When the video went viral he told local media at KPRC Click2Houston: “Asian representation in media is not as prevalent as it should be.

“What motivated me was ‘Crazy Rich Asians,’ the movie that came out, that boosted my confidence into thinking maybe one day I could be just like that, and if I take a step and do something small like this, it could make a difference.”

Their poster has now been taken down as the McDonald’s restaurant undergoes refurbishment. It has been signed by the pair and will be auctioned off with all proceeds going to the Ronald McDonald foundation.

On its Twitter account, McDonald’s said: “You guys earned this dream. Looking forward to more work from the best “Regional Interior Coordinators we’ve ever had!”