Johanna Selhorst "Josie" Maran
(born May 8, 1978) is an American model
Maran was born in Menlo Park, California
. She attended Castilleja School
, an all-girls' school in Palo Alto, California
. She is of Russian
descent on her paternal side. Her first cover was Glamour
in 1998. In 1990, an appendectomy
left Maran with a noticeable scar that is typically edited out of photos.
Maran's modeling career began at the age of 12; when an agent spotted her at a local barbecue restaurant, she then began to model part time
. Maran graduated from the Castilleja School in Palo Alto, then began her pursuit of modeling more seriously. The fashion industry generally consider her height of 5'7" to be too short for runway modeling. Maran works mainly in editorial modeling and advertising
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
, 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......