American Model – Josie Maran

American Model – Josie Maran

Johanna Selhorst “Josie” Maran (born May 8, 1978 (32 years ago)) is an American model and actress.

Early years
Maran was born in Menlo Park, California. She attended Castilleja School, an all-girls’ school in Palo Alto, California. She is of Russian-Jewish descent on her paternal side.

Her first cover was Glamour in 1998 (12 years ago). In 1990 (20 years ago), an appendectomy left Maran with a noticeable scar that is typically edited out of photos.

Career
Maran’s modeling career began at the age of 12; when an agent spotted her at a local barbecue restaurant, she began modeling part time.

Maran graduated from the Castilleja School in Palo Alto, then began to pursue modeling more seriously. As those in the fashion industry consider her height of 5’6″ to be too short for runway modeling, Maran works mainly in editorial modeling and advertising/image modeling.

Signed at age 17 with the Elite modeling agency of Los Angeles, Maran appeared on her first cover with Glamour magazine in 1998 (12 years ago), and she was the featured Guess? Girl in their summer 1998 (12 years ago) and fall 1998 (12 years ago) campaigns.

After building a résumé of over 25 commercials and advertisements, including playing Howie D’s companion in the music video of Backstreet Boys hit Everybody (Backstreet’s Back), in which she was bitten on the neck by Count Dracula (played by Howie D), Maran moved cross-country to join with Elite in New York City.

In 1999 (11 years ago), she landed a multi-year deal with Maybelline. Maran appeared in the annual Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue for three consecutive years; from 2000 (10 years ago) to 2002 (8 years ago).

Maran is also signed with London agency Storm Model Management, and 1/One Management in New York City.

Maran’s interest in the arts extends beyond film. When not in acting class, she is training herself in “dance classes… violin classes, speech classes, everything.

I’m just trying to train myself in the arts, you know? Nobody else is gonna do it so I’m going to. I’m gonna take on the world”.

Her interest in music led her to play casually in two bands: Darling, with socialite Nicole Richie (10 walls), and Hollywood 2000 (10 years ago), where she sang and played violin.

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