Jarah Mariano is one of the world's most unique beauties stemming from a mixture of Native Hawaiian and Korean descent.
Born on the exotic island of Kauai in Hawaii and dually raised in the southern part of California in Mission Viejo.
From a young age Mariano had ambitions to be an artist or to work with animals, nonetheless always with the desire for travel and exploration.
Lo and behold one day while shopping in Los Angeles she caught the eye of a model scout at the tender age of 15, and everything rapidly progressed from there.
Quickly landing her first job with a campaign for MAC Cosmetics shot by renown photographer Dah Len. Jarah was on the fast path to booking other elite campaigns, as well as editorial and television work.
After graduating from high school she set her eyes on the big city and immediately moved to New York. Jumping straight into school again, she attended Pace University in lower Manhattan full-time and completed her degree with a Bachelor of Arts in Speech Communications with a Concentration in Media Studies.
In 2005, Mariano landed the utmost coveted position of being a part of the Victoria's Secret rankings. Continuing to the present day to represent the brand. It is arguable that she was the first of Asian descent to be featured, although indeed the first of Native Hawaiian descent.
In 2008, Jarah became the first Native Hawaiian and Korean to be featured in Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition photographed on Maui, Hawaii by Stewart Shining. She continued on to grace the pages in 2009 as well photographed by Raphael Mazzucco on Canouan Island, St. Vincent and the Grenadines.
She has been the subject of other countless top photographers' lenses including; Bruce Weber, Mario Sorrenti, Russell James, Walter Chin, Norman Jean Roy, Peter Beard, Ellen Von Unwerth, Ben Watts, Peggy Sirota, Richard Phibbs, Alexei Hay, Dewey Nicks, Mitchell McCormack, Alexi Lubomirski, Nigel Barker, Bjorn Iooss, Rick Haylor, Patrick Cariou, and Leslie Kee.
Other advertisements range from Abercrombie & Fitch to Armani Exchange, Sephora, H&M, Elizabeth Arden, Roxy Quiksilver, Redken, Levis, Avon, Jo No Fui, Phillip Lim, Tommy Jeans, Nature Republic, Peek & Cloppenburg, House of Dereon, American Eagle, L'oreal Matrix, Rock and Republic, Starhwabo, C-Thru Fragrance, and Festival Walk Hong Kong.
Jarah has appeared in the pages of numerous magazines such as; Self, L'Uomo Vogue, GQ, Glamour, Italian Vanity Fair, Taiwan Vogue, Elle, Vibe, Shape, Korean Esquire, Women's Health, V, Fitness, Teen Vogue, Luxury Korea, Theme, and heated up the cover for Complex Magazine's 5th Anniversary Issue in 2007.
She has strut the runways for fashion week in both New York and Miami.
Her video work includes; Jay-Z's comeback video "Show Me What You Got" directed by F. Gary Gray, a cameo appearance in the NBC television series "Chuck", several commercials for Macy's and Old Navy, minor roles in Steven Spielberg's feature film "Minority Report" and Hal Hartley's independent film "The Girl From Monday", as well as a reoccurring role in the hit television show "Rescue Me" with Denis Leary. In 2009, she appeared in music videos for the Korean group Clazziquai and was featured in several Korean spots such as Star King.
Outside of the fashion world, Mariano lends her support to various charities ranging from; breast cancer, muscular dystrophy, water relief, inner city children, environmental awareness, and animal rights. She primarily resides in New York and in her free time she likes to do photography, cook, practice yoga, surf, attend concerts, and enjoy her family and friends. For the future, this daring Sagittarius holds no limits to ambitions within her professional career and personal life, and will continue on with her desire for exploration.