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November 23, 1984 |
Kauai, Hawaii, U.S.
|Height||1.73 m (5 ft 8 in)|
|Measurements||34C-23-33 (US); 86-61-85 (EU)|
|Dress size||34 (EU); 2 (US); 6 (UK)|
Jarah-Evelyn Makalapua Mariano (born November 23, 1984), is an American fashion model best known for her appearances in the 2008 and 2009 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Editions, as well as Victoria's Secret.
Early life 
Mariano was born in the city of Lihue on the island of Kauai in Hawaii. At the age of four Mariano relocated with her family to California, where she was raised in the city of Mission Viejo with her two older brothers. At the age of 15 she was discovered in Santa Monica, California by a model scout. After graduating from Trabuco Hills High School, she moved to New York City, where she continued to model and attended Pace University as a full-time student, receiving her degree in Speech Communications with a Media Studies Concentration.
Mariano has appeared in ads for Abercrombie & Fitch, MAC, Armani Exchange, Sephora, Roxy Quiksilver, Redken, H&M, Avon, Old Navy, Dereon, Levi's, Pac Sun and Rock and Republic, as well as numerous catalogs for Victoria's Secret. She graced the April/May 2007 cover for Complex Magazine's 5th Anniversary Issue and has appeared in fashion magazines such as Self, Taiwan Vogue, Luomo Vogue, Glamour, Elle, and Italian Vanity Fair. She has walked in fashion shows in Miami and New York. Mariano made her Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition debut in 2008 and followed up this appearance in 2009.
Mariano's television credits include Jay-Z's comeback music video "Show Me What You Got" and a cameo in the NBC television series Chuck, several commercials for Old Navy, minor roles in Steven Spielberg's "Minority Report" and Hal Hartley's "The Girl From Monday", as well as a reoccurring role in "Rescue Me". In 2009, she appeared in the music video for "Love Again" and "Kiss Kiss Kiss (키스키스키스)"by experimental fusion music Korean group Clazziquai Project.
Personal life 
Mariano is "half Korean, 25 percent Native Hawaiian and 25 percent unknown". She previously dated American actor Norman Reedus, now dating Spanish tennisman Fernando Verdasco. She primarily resides in New York City. She enjoys photography, cooking, yoga and surfing into her spare time. Mariano has two known tattoos: "JOHN AND RENEE" on her right forearm, and "Veritas" on her left wrist.
- "Portfolio: Jarah Mariano" IMG Models. accessed October 4, 2011.
- Jarah Mariano, AskMen.com, retrieved 2007-11-28
- "Official Jarah Mariano Bio".
- "Jarah Mariano Reveals What She Dances To In Her Undies".
- Jarah Mariano at the Fashion Model Directory
- Jarah Mariano at the Internet Movie Database
- Jarah Mariano at IMG Models
- Sports Illustrated 2008 Swimsuit Model Page
- Sports Illustrated 2009 Swimsuit Model Page