Josie Maran (born Johanna Selhorst Maran on May 8, 1978)
is an American supermodel and actress. She is also well known for
her association with cosmetics company Maybelline.
Maran was born in Menlo Park, California to a father of Russian
and Polish descent and a mother of Dutch, French and German ancestry.
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 at 5 feet 7 inches, her career consists mostly
of editorial modeling and advertising/image modeling. Signed at
age 17 with the Elite agency of Los Angeles, Maran appeared on 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
independent 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.
In 2005, she was recruited by EA Games to appear as a main character
in the street-racing computer and video game, Need for Speed: Most
Wanted, which was released on November 17, 2005. She plays the game's
second lead Mia Townsend, who guides the lead character through
A January 2006 Shape Magazine interview with Josie has revealed
that she has quit modelling and acting and is now happily living
in Hawaii teaching children. She has also started doing yoga, eating
organic foods, and has quit smoking.
She has dated magician David Blaine.
She is expecting a baby with Lee Alialbozi.
Josie Maran is an avowed bisexual. She has spoken of having sex
with women, including porn star Jenna Jameson.
Height: 5' 7" (1.70 m) Measurements: 34-23-34
The Final Season (2006) - Polly Hudson
Need For Speed: Most Wanted (VG) (2005) - Mia
The Gravedancers (2005) - Kira Hastings
The Aviator (2004) - Thelma
Little Black Book (2004) - Lulu Fritz
Van Helsing (2004) - Marishka
Swatters (2002) - Susan
The Mallory Effect (2002) - Mallory
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