Born in Kauai, the fourth largest and oldest of the main Hawaiian islands, Jarah-Evelyn Makalapua Mariano is the perfect blend of rich Hawaiian, Chinese and Korean ancestry. Her unique and appealing mix of ethnicities has already made her one of the world’s fastest rising and most desirable supermodels.
If you require proof of Jarah Mariano’s sexiness, you don’t need to look any further than her jaw-dropping ads for Victoria’s Secret, MAC Cosmetics, Armani Exchange, Sephora, Abercrombie & Fitch, and PacSun. Jarah Mariano’s arresting appearance has also captured the attention of A-list photographers like Bruce Weber, who photographed her for L’Uomo Vogue, as well as hip-hop moguls like Jay-Z, who personally cast her in his red-hot “Show Me What You Got” music video.
Of course, Jarah Mariano is more than just a pretty face. This raven-haired model is also a graduate of Pace University, the same academic institution that counts Rachael Ray, Vincent Pastore and Robert F. Kennedy Jr. among its distinguished alumni. Jarah Mariano lives in New York City, where she enjoys listening to Bjork, devouring fast food, drinking Jack Daniel’s and Coke, and keeping the peace among fellow models, such as Alessandra Ambrosio and Adriana Lima. “I’m all about the love,” she insists.
In 2007, Jarah Mariano was on the cover of the April/May issue of Complex magazine. She also appeared in the February 2008 edition of the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue, and then a year later, Jarah Mariano was featured in SI’s 2009 Swimsuit Issue.