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Model of the Week: Jarah Mariano

Sports Illustrated model Jarah Mariano is the epitome of exotic; she's a gorgeous blend of Hawaiian, Korean, and Chinese. You may recognize her face from Victoria's Secret, Armani Exchange, Roxy, Abercrombie & Fitch, and H&M ads; it's a face you don't forget. But then again, her body is pretty unforgettable, too. It took the spotlight in both the latest SI swimsuit issue, as well as the 2008 edition. I recently chatted with the model — who at the age of 15 was discovered in Santa Monica — about bikinis, traveling, and fashion.

Three words that describe your personal style?

Bohemian, vintage, and natural.

What is the best and worst thing about modeling?

Living in a fantasy land.

What is one destination you still need a stamp for on your passport?

Halong Bay in Vietnam looks intriguing.

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Who are your favorite designers?

I'm not much of a fashionista but I like Stella McCartney and Alexander McQueen. Stella is sleek and light, but prominent. McQueen is edgy, bright, and innovative.

What was the coolest thing about being in Sports Illustrated?

Being in it!

What is your favorite bikini style and how many swimsuits do you own?

I own way too many and the list grows. I just bought five more last night. I like colors and nothing too bulky, as I can tan quicker and won't have those major lines!


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aimeeb aimeeb 6 years
Gorg!
aimeeb aimeeb 6 years
Gorg!
Chaelle Chaelle 6 years
I agree with steaknegg salad too. Tired of ethnicity defining people. She's gorgeous, the end!
steaknegg-salad steaknegg-salad 6 years
Again with the use of the word "exotic". Please stop. It's a damn shame that models do not reflect the global make up of the world... kudos to Jarah for makin' it in a profession set against her. She is just plain beautiful. Period. Quit the exotification. Thanks.
Steph84 Steph84 6 years
She went to HIgh School with me and is super-sweet! :) Good for her!!
clew001 clew001 6 years
i always thought she was filipino & white. i would have never guessed that she is full asian.
heatherhas heatherhas 6 years
Oo yay! I love seeing asian/pacific islander models.
lizzylu49 lizzylu49 6 years
She was just on Make Me a Supermodel. I love that show.
lizzylu49 lizzylu49 6 years
She was just on Make Me a Supermodel. I love that show.
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