Josie Maran was born on the 8th of May
1978 in Menlo Park, California, USA. Josie was raised in Menlo Park,
just outside San Francisco, and graduated from an all-girls private
school. Her father is Polish and Russian; her mother is Dutch, French,
and German. Although she now resides in Manhattan, California will
always be considered home.
Josie Maran did not initially aspire to be a model.
She was hanging out with her friends at a BBQ in her hometown when
a woman asked her to be in a fashion show. This request was the
beginning of her modeling career, since a modeling agent at the
show spotted Maran and encouraged her to start modeling.
Glamour Magazine gave Josie her first magazine
cover and she later graced future covers. She has also graced such
magazine covers as Fitness, and Teen, as well as Shape, Seventeen,
Stuff, and Sport.
She has one of those unforgettable faces. With
chestnut hair and chocolate brown eyes, Josie has the simple beauty
that gets her noticed. It was this magical loveliness that prompted
Paul Marciano, president and creative director of Guess? to include
her in the Summer ‘98 and Fall ’98 Guess? advertising
Josie has also appeared in ads for BMW, Neutrogena,
and Crest. She also did a Herbal Essences shampoo commercial, and
some of her earlier works included American Eagle Outfitters, Allen
Allen and Mango. She has starred in more than 25 television commercials
and music videos. People may recognize her as the main female character
in the Backstreet Boys video, "Everybody (Backstreet's Back)".
A very popular ongoing gig for her is the annual
Sports Illustrated Swimsuit issue which has featured her for three
years in a row. Her most prestigious professional contract to date
is with Maybelline International as their spokesmodel, where she
has appeared in numerous ads and commercials.
Although Josie has an impressive modeling career,
she is still down to earth. Not only does she "look at life
as an adventure", but she also enjoys learning about different
people, cultures and countries. When not working, Maran makes time
for her favorite pastimes: reading, hiking, traveling, and spending
time with her family and friends.
Maran has recently made the move from New York
back to L.A., started acting lessons, and is attempting to make
the transition from magazine covers to big-screen billboards. In
2002 she starred in the lead role of an independent film titled,
The Mallory Effect.
In her role as Mallory in she plays a gorgeous,
sexual woman who breaks the hearts of several men. Fortunately for
Maran, the role wasn't much of a stretch, for when shooting began
she had yet to take any acting classes.
Presently, spending her days auditioning for big films, modeling
for Maybelline, and dating a boy who she refers to as "just
chill" (unlike her magician ex-boyfriend of two years, David
Blaine, with whom she claims "things were too weird for them
to be normal"), Maran's life is pretty easygoing, she says
"I have the best life, and I have no idea how it happened.
I have good stars, I guess, or there's someone looking out for me."