Born Marisa Bertetta in Santa
Cruz, California, she was first "discovered" at age 16 walking through
a San Francisco cafe by two Italian modeling agents. Marisa gained
attention when she appeared in a 1997 issue of Perfect 10 magazine.
Although she came in third behind Ashley Degenford and Monica Hansen in
Perfect 10 magazine's first annual model search, she was repeatedly
showcased in following issues, including the covers of the Winter 1998,
Aug/Sept 1999, and Fall 2004 editions.
Atypically, Marisa was able to move from a start as a nude
magazine model to high profile mainstream work after she was spotted by
fashion photographer Mario Testino in Manhattan Beach, California in
2001. She soon worked with the likes of Victoria's Secret and appeared
in the coveted Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue (2002–2007). In
particular, she featured in the 2004 and 2005 editions' sections of
body painting. Raphael Mazzucco's photograph of Marisa wearing a iPod
bikini in the 2007 edition became one of the most famous photos ever
published in that magazine. She's also appeared in other magazines such
as Fitness, Shape, and Vogue, as well as working on campaigns for
Nordstrom, J.Crew, and Tommy Hilfiger.
In 2004, she served as a modeling judge in the short-lived reality
television series Manhunt: The Search for America's Most Gorgeous Male
Model. In the same year she also appeared in Puddle of Mudd's music
video for "Spin You Around".
In 2007, Marisa shot her first television commercial for
Victoria's Secret with fellow supermodel Heidi Klum, causing quite a
stir unexpectedly drawing more attention than Klum, as well as
appearing in a cameo on the HBO show Entourage.
Victoria's Secret, Nordstrom, J.Crew, Tommy Hilfiger, Andrew Marc, Calzedonia, Michael Stars
Sports Illustrated, Cosmopolitan, Shape, Esquire, Self, Glow, Foam, Razor, Ocean Drive, Fitness, Amica, Marie Claire Russia
Betsey Johnson, Michael Kors