Josie Maran

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Josie Maran
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Johanna Selhorst Maran

(1978-05-08) May 8, 1978 (age 42)
Menlo Park, California, United States
OccupationModel, actress, entrepreneur
Years active2002-2008 (acting)
2007-present (entrepreneur)
Spouse(s)David Belle
Modeling information
Height1.72 m (5 ft 7 12 in)[1]
Hair colorBrown
Eye colorBrown

Johanna Selhorst "Josie" Maran (born May 8, 1978) is an American model, actress, and entrepreneur.[2]

Early life[edit]

Maran was born May 8, 1978 in Menlo Park, California.[citation needed] Her father is of Russian-Jewish ancestry.[3] Maran attended Castilleja School, an all-girls school in Palo Alto, California, from grades 6 to 12.[4]

Modeling and acting career[edit]

While she was still in high school, Maran was approached by a woman who asked her for a modeling performance[clarification needed] in San Francisco, and a scouting agent encouraged her to pursue modeling professionally.[5] Her first cover was Glamour in 1998. In 1990 an appendectomy left Maran with a noticeable scar that is typically edited out of photos.[6]

Signed at age 17 with the Elite modeling agency of Los Angeles, Maran appeared on her first cover with Glamour magazine in 1998; she was then the featured Guess? Girl in their summer 1998 and fall 1998 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)",[7] 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, she landed a multi-year deal with Maybelline. Maran appeared in the annual Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue for three consecutive years: from 2000 to 2002.

Maran's interest in music led her to play casually in two bands: Darling, with socialite Nicole Richie, and Hollywood 2000, where she sang and played violin.[citation needed]

In 2001, Maran appeared in an independent film, as title character Mallory in The Mallory Effect. Maran followed this by appearing as Susan in Swatters in 2002. In 2004, she appeared in three films: As a French model in Little Black Book, as one of Dracula's brides, Marishka, in Van Helsing, and briefly as a cigarette girl in The Aviator. Maran appeared in a short film "The Confession" alongside Wentworth Miller in 2005, and as Kira Hayden in The Gravedancers in 2006.

Maran appeared in the street-racing video game Need for Speed: Most Wanted released in November 2005. She played Mia Townsend, who guides the player's character through the game.[8]

Maran competed in the 2007 season of Dancing with the Stars,[9] but she and dance partner Alec Mazo were the first couple eliminated.[10]

Josie Maran Cosmetics[edit]

In June 2007, Maran launched her own natural cosmetics product line, named Josie Maran Cosmetics.[11] The company motto is "luxury with a conscience" and the main ingredient of the skincare and cosmetics is fair trade argan oil, grown and harvested by co-ops of Moroccan women.[citation needed]

Beyond her business activities she commits herself to the protection and improvement of nature and the environment.[12]

Personal life[edit]

Maran and her ex-partner, Iranian-American photographer Ali Alborzi, have two daughters, Rumi Joon (born 2006), and Indi Joon (born 2012).[13][14][15] Maran married David Belle on August 26, 2018.[16][17]


Television and radio appearances[edit]


  1. ^ Fashion Model Directory profile. Retrieved 2010-01-01.
  2. ^ "Argan Oil & Natural Skincare and Cosmetics Products by Josie Maran". Josie Maran Cosmetics. Retrieved January 9, 2019.
  3. ^ Dancing with the Stars Countdown! Josie Maran Q&A - Celebrity and Entertainment News | Archived May 22, 2008, at the Wayback Machine
  4. ^ "AskMen - Become a Better Man". AskMen. Retrieved January 9, 2019.
  5. ^ "Josie Maran". Into The Gloss. February 26, 2016. Retrieved January 9, 2019.
  6. ^ "Josie Maran - Fashion Model - Profile on New York Magazine". Retrieved January 4, 2017.
  7. ^ Ceron, Ella. "Everybody, Nick Carter's Tribute to the Backstreet Boys on Dancing with the Stars Will Make You Cry". Teen Vogue. Retrieved January 4, 2017.
  8. ^ "Need For Speed: Most Wanted News Article". EA Games. Archived from the original on July 18, 2011. Retrieved September 29, 2009.
  9. ^ Steibel, Deborah Starr (September 24, 2007). "Dancing with the Stars Countdown! Josie Maran Q&A". Retrieved January 4, 2017.
  10. ^ "Josie Maran First Contestant Voted Off 'Dancing With The Stars'". Access Hollywood. Retrieved January 4, 2017.
  11. ^ GREEN GIRL LOVES: Josie Maran Cosmetics Archived January 12, 2008, at the Wayback Machine Green Girl May 3, 2008.
  12. ^ Archived May 9, 2008, at the Wayback Machine as of February 21, 2008.
  13. ^ "Josie Maran's Blog: Meet Me and My Family!". People Magazine. Retrieved March 22, 2012.
  14. ^ "Josie Maran Welcomes Daughter". People Magazine. Retrieved July 2, 2012.
  15. ^ "Newly Engaged Josie Maran on Motherhood, Her Cosmetics Line, and an Important Message About Beauty". HuffPost. August 12, 2014. Retrieved June 4, 2020.
  16. ^ "Josie Maran on Instagram: "Mr. and Mrs. Belle 🎊 It's official! I'm getting married on Sunday to the love of my life ❤️Join me on @qvc all day today to celebrate with…"". Instagram. Retrieved January 9, 2019.
  17. ^ Castañon, Kelsey (September 3, 2018). "This Is How a Beauty Mogul Does Hair and Makeup For Her Wedding". POPSUGAR Beauty. Retrieved June 4, 2020.

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