Melissa Haro

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Melissa Haro
Born (1987-09-05) September 5, 1987 (age 29)
San Jose, California
Modeling information
Height 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)[1]
Hair color Naturally Light Brown
Eye color Blue

Melissa Rose Haro is an American model who appeared in the 2008 & 2009 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue.[2] Her 2008 photo shoot was set in the Cayman Islands during the Pirate Week festival and included many photos in keeping with its motif.[3] Her 2009 photo shoot was set in Riviera Maya.


She has been modeling since the age of thirteen,[3] and now she mainly models in New York City and Paris, France, but she considers San Jose, California home.[4] She was a model contestant on the first season of Project Runway in 2004 and made it to the final three contestants.[5] She was the youngest model on the show.[6] She was the 2004 Miss Bay Area Teen as well as fourth runner-up in 2004 Miss California and replaced Paris Hilton as a Guess Jeans spokesperson. In addition to Guess, Haro has modeled for Bebe, and Jessica McClintock.[7] Haro is represented by Elite Model Management.[8] In San Francisco, California, she is represented by Look modeling agency.[9] She is also represented by Priscillas Model Management.[7]

Haro, who was born on San Jose's east side, graduated a year early from James Lick High School in 2005 and now lives in Los Angeles, California near her parents Linda and Dennis Haro. Being a native of the California's San Francisco Bay Area, she is an Oakland Raiders fan and enjoyed shooting in the Cayman Islands during the Pirate Week festival with an all-black suit and boots beneath the skull and bones in keeping with the pirate motif.[3] Haro was joined in the shoot by Seattle's Seafair Pirates who were in full uniform including their tricorn hats.[10]

She is part Italian.[11]


  1. ^ "Profile of Melissa Haro". Fashion Model Directory. Retrieved 2008-04-02. 
  2. ^ "Melissa Haro". Sports Illustrated. Retrieved 2008-02-15. 
  3. ^ a b c Ryan, John (2008-02-15). "S.J. model makes splash". San Jose Mercury News. Retrieved 2008-02-15. 
  4. ^ "Melissa Haro's Q&A". Sports Illustrated. Retrieved 2008-02-15. 
  5. ^ "Melissa Haro". CNET Networks, Inc. Retrieved 2008-02-15. 
  6. ^ Rubin, Sylvia (2005-01-30). "More shows, celebs at N.Y. Fashion Week". San Francisco Chronicle. Hearst Communications Inc. Retrieved 2008-02-15. 
  7. ^ a b "Profile of Melissa Haro". Fashion Model Directory. Retrieved 2008-02-16. 
  8. ^ "Melissa Haro". Retrieved 2008-02-15. 
  9. ^ "Melissa Haro". 2007-10-18. Retrieved 2008-02-15. 
  10. ^ "Seafair Pirates land in Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue". Tacoma News, Inc. 2008-02-13. Retrieved 2008-02-15. [dead link]
  11. ^ "Melissa Haro - Interview - 2009 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition -". CNN. Retrieved 2010-05-12. 

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