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Birth Place: Menlo Park, CA, USA
Date of Birth: May 8th, 1978
Name Pronounced: Josie "MAIR-an"
Height: 5'7" --- 170 cm
Famous for: Campaigns for Guess?, Maybelline, Neutrogena and others.
* Measurements: 34-23-35½ --- 86-61-90
* Eyes: Brown
* Hair: Brown
* Ethnicity: Mix of Polish, Russian, Dutch, French, and German.
1. The Gravedancers (2005) (post-production) .... Kira Hastings
2. The Aviator (2004) .... Thelma
3. Little Black Book (2004) .... Lulu Fritz
4. Van Helsing (2004/II) (VG) (voice) .... Marishka
5. Van Helsing (2004) .... Marishka
6. The Mallory Effect (2002) .... Mallory
7. Swatters (2002) .... Susan
Maran was born in Menlo Park, California. She began modeling part-time after an agent spotted her at a local barbecue restaurant at the age of 12. Maran continued a more dedicated career after graduating from high school. Considered to be too short for runway modeling, her career consists mostly of editorial modeling and advertising/image modeling. Signed at age 17 with the Elite agency of Los Angeles, Maran received her first cover with Glamour in 1998, and was the featured Guess? Girl in their Summer 1998 and Fall 1998 campaigns. After accumulating a resumé of over 25 commercials and advertisements, including a music video for popular boy-band Backstreet Boys, Maran moved cross-country to join with Elite New York. In 1999 she landed a multiyear deal with Maybelline following in the footsteps of Christy Turlington, her idol.
In addition to her thriving modeling career, Maran began an acting career in 2001 with a star turn as title character Mallory in an indie film, The Mallory Effect. She continued to take on roles, in 2004 landing film roles as a French model in Little Black Book and as one of Dracula's brides in Van Helsing.
his chestnut haired exquisite beauty is best known for her work in the Summer '98 and Fall '98 Guess? advertising campaigns. Josie Maran was born and raised just outside San Francisco in Menlo Park, and graduated from an all-girls private school. Although she now resides in Manhattan, California will always be considered home. Following the path of many other models, Maran did not initially aspire to be a model.
She was hanging out with her friends at a BBQ in her hometown three years ago when a woman asked her to be in a fashion show. This request was the beginning of her modeling career, since a modeling agent at the show spotted Maran and encouraged her to start modeling. Presently managed by the Elite Model Management, Maran has graced such magazine covers as Fitness, Glamour and Teen, as well as Shape, Seventeen, Stuff, and Sport. Apart from her work in the Guess? advertising campaign, she also appeared in ads for Maybelline and American Eagle Outfitters. People may recognize her as the main female character in the Backstreet Boys video, "Everybody (Backstreet's Back)".
Although Maran has already had an impressive modeling career at the tender age of 20, she is still down to earth. Not only does she "look at life as an adventure", but she also enjoys learning about different people, cultures and countries. When not working, Maran makes time for her favorite pastimes: reading, hiking, traveling, and spending time with her family and friends.
With such a large number of young girls being approached by modeling scouts, she advises young aspiring models to finish high school, since there is always time for modeling after graduation. She also suggests to keep an open mind, not to take life so seriously and be deceived -- modeling is not as glamorous as it seems! It may not be glamorous, but with Maran's natural beauty, she makes modeling seem like second nature, despite the fact that she is only 5'7" tall(below the standard for female models). Maran hopes to continue modeling for a few more years and eventually try her hand at acting.[/b]
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