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Before being a model
Marisa Miller is an American supermodel. She is known for her many appearances in Sports Illustrated Swimsuit issues and Victoria’s Secret catalogs. She loves football, muscle cars and cooking which makes her the coolest supermodel on the planet, as well as the hottest. Voted #9 in the AskMen.com’s Top 99 Women 2008 Edition. She was also voted Hottest Babe 2008 by Maxim Magazine.
Marisa Lee Bertetta was born in Santa Cruz, California. Marisa attended high school at Aptos High and Monte Vista Christian School. She considered herself a tomboy, with mostly male friends and little interest of anything girly. At school, her tall athletic physique proved a potent weapon for the volleyball team – they never lost a match when she played as outside hitter.
Marisa’s modeling career began with a nude appearance for Perfect Ten, an adult magazine. More bits and pieces in the magazine followed, but branching out into other work proved difficult.
Then came a chance meeting that changed everything. When Marisa was out surfing on Manhattan Beach, she ran into the famous fashion photographer Mario Testino. He was instantly taken by her sexy feminine figure, and a quick off-the-cuff photoshoot followed. One thing led to another, and Marisa was offered a chance to develop her modeling work.
Within six months, Miller was working for Victoria’s Secret and the coveted Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue, in which she appeared in every issue from 2002 to 2008. In particular, she famously posed wearing only an iPod in the 2007 issue. She has also appeared in a diverse range of magazines, many of them international editions, such as GQ, Maxim, Glamour, Cosmopolitan, Marie Claire, Elle, and Vanity Fair, as well as working on advertisements for Nordstrom, J.Crew, Guess?, Tommy Hilfiger, Pepsi, Panasonic, Bath & Body Works, True Religion jeans, and motorcycle company Harley-Davidson, with whom she first partnered to launch the VRSCF V-Rod Muscle motorcycle in 2008 and rejoined in November 2009 to act as the face and spokesmodel of the company’s first “Military Appreciation Month” campaign, featuring Miller as a classic pin-up in military-themed advertisements and online content. In July 2008, Miller took her first step beyond modeling when her shoe line with skateboarder/surfer-oriented company Vans launched.
On December 4, 2007, Miller made her debut in the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show, and opened a segment in the following year’s edition. Other runway credits of Miller’s include 2007’s Fashion for Relief show, benefiting victims of Hurricane Katrina, as well as MTV’s Fashionably Loud, Imitation of Christ, Inca, and Amir Slama’s Rosa Cha, for which she was one of the most anticipated models.
On the February 12, 2008 episode of The Late Show with David Letterman, it was announced via a three-story billboard in New York City that Miller would grace the cover of that year’s Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue. In September 2008, Sports Illustrated released a “Best of Marisa Miller” swimsuit calendar for the 2009 year.
Victoria’s Secret also put her to work in 2008, with a five-city tour to promote the 2008 Swim collection’s release in stores. The relaunch of Victoria Secret’s sports line, VSX, soon followed, along with her first official campaign as an Angel: promoting the company’s fragrance Very Sexy Dare.
For the 2009 Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show, Miller was chosen to wear the year’s “Fantasy Bra,” a harlequin design featuring 2,300 white, champagne, and cognac diamonds, and a 16-carat heart-shaped brown-yellow diamond pendant for a $3-million value and 150 total carats. And she looked absolutely gorgeous in the Victoria’s Secret Catalogue
In response to claims that Miller had parted with Victoria’s Secret in January 2010, the Chief Marketing Officer for Limited Brands responded, saying the claims were “unfounded and untrue” while adding “we adore Marisa and we will continue to work with her in the future.
And they did. In 2010 Marissa Miller graced the Vegas magazine Cover. She posed for Victoria’s Secret Swimwear collection. Check out Marisa Miller for Victoria’s Secret Swim Spring 2010
Marissa Miller named the World’s Sexiest Woman by FHM magazine.
Marisa Miller’s first appearance on TV was being a judge on the reality series Manhunt: The Search for America’s Most Gorgeous Male Model in 2004, the same year she appeared in Puddle of Mudd’s “Spin You Around” music video. 2007 brought appearances in the pilot episode and finale of VH1’s reality show The Shot and cameos in HBO’s Entourage and the CBS comedy How I Met Your Mother,the latter with her fellow Victoria’s Secret Angels. In 2009, she had a guest judge role on an episode of America’s Next Top Model and a minor role in an episode of Gary Unmarried. It wasn’t until 2007 that she filmed her first television commercial for Victoria’s Secret, appearing alongside Heidi Klum for the It bra. Miller starred in a 2008 viral video on YouTube with All Star baseball player Ryan Braun for Remington’s ShortCut clippersand has appeared in commercials for the NFL Network and the California Travel and Tourism Commission’s “Visit California” campaign.
The hot Victoria’s Secret Model married Jim Miller, a Los Angeles surfing contest promoter and lifeguard from California in 2000, and after 2 years of marriage, separated from him in 2002.They divorced soon after. Later she married music producer Griffin Guess on April 15, 2006.
From an early age she loved surfing and her aunt was on the pro tour. In 2004, she placed second in the celebrity division of the Kelly Slater Surf Invitational and says of the sport, “I feel my absolute best—physically, mentally and spiritually—when I’m surfing every day.” She also won the most valuable player award at the 4th annual Celebrity Beach Bowl. She was a standout volleyball player in high school and has taken up boxing. She has said that she would like to be a sportscaster.
As of 2009, Miller is an ambassador for the American Cancer Society,to which proceeds from her online store are donated. She also supports the Young Survival Coalition, which raises awareness of breast cancer in women under 40, as well as environmental organization The Surfrider Foundation, which aims to preserve the world’s oceans and beaches. In October 2009, Miller hosted the “Monte Foundation MusicFest and Fireworks Extravaganza,” an annual fundraiser for schools in the Aptos area, where she and Guess own a home.
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