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|Born||Johanna Selhorst Maran
May 8, 1978
Menlo Park, California, United States
|Occupation||Model, actress, entrepreneur|
|Children||Rumi Joon (b. 2006), Indi Joon (b. 2012)|
|Height||1.72 m (5 ft 8 in)|
Maran was born in Menlo Park, California. She is of Russian Jewish descent on her paternal side. Maran attended Castilleja School, an all-girls school in Palo Alto, California from grades 6 to 12.
Modeling and acting career
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. Her first cover was Glamour in 1998. In 1990 an appendectomy left Maran with a noticeable scar that is typically edited out of photos.
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), 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.
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. She also voiced the character of Annie in the street-racing Playstation 3 and Xbox 360 game Midnight Club: Los Angeles released in October 2008.
Josie Maran Cosmetics
In June 2007, Maran launched her own natural cosmetics product line, named Josie Maran Cosmetics. 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. Josie Maran cosmetics are sold on QVC and at Sephora.
Beyond her business activities she commits herself to the protection and improvement of nature and the environment.
- Swatters (2002) as Susan
- The Mallory Effect (2002) as Mallory
- The Aviator (2004) as Thelma
- Little Black Book (2004) as Lulu Fritz
- Van Helsing (2004) as Marishka
- The Confession (2005) as Wife
- The Gravedancers (2005) as Kira Hastings
- Need For Speed: Most Wanted (VG) (2005) as Mia Townsend
- Midnight Club: Los Angeles (VG) (2008) as Annie
Television and radio appearances
- The Howard Stern Show (2000)
- The Late Late Show with Craig Kilborn (2004) (2002)
- Van Helsing: Behind the Screams (2004)
- Late Night with Conan O'Brien (2004)
- Jimmy Kimmel Live! (2007) (2005) (2004) (2003)
- Dancing with the Stars (2007) (Eliminated in week one)
- Karma Air (2008)
- Music video for "Everybody (Backstreet's Back)" by Backstreet Boys (1997)
- Music video for "Morning Light" by Truman (2004)
- America's Next Top Model, Cycle 13 Guest Judge, episode "Dance With Me" (October 7, 2009)
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- "Need For Speed: Most Wanted News Article". EA Games. Retrieved 2009-09-29.
- GREEN GIRL LOVES: Josie Maran Cosmetics Green Girl Guide.com. May 3, 2008.
- Globalgreen.org as of February 21, 2008
- "Josie Maran’s Blog: Meet Me and My Family!". People Magazine. Retrieved 2012-03-22.
- Style.com article as of August 10, 2007
- "Josie Maran Welcomes Daughter". People Magazine. Retrieved 2012-07-02.