Marisa Miller, born August 6, is an American supermodel. She is known for her many appearances in the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issues and Victoria's Secret catalogs. She is the Swimsuit Issue cover model for the 2008 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit issue and a Victoria's Secret Angel.
Born Marisa Bertetta in Santa Cruz, California, she was first "discovered" at age 16 walking through a San Francisco cafй by two Italian modeling agents. After talking to her mom Krista Bertetta, she was on a plane to Italy with her mom a few months later. Marisa says that the most valuable thing that her mom has ever told her was "You can always go back to school but you may not always be able to model." Marisa took her mom's advice and soon 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. She has two sisters and attended Monte Vista Christian School in Watsonville, California.
Atypically, Marisa was able to move from a start as an amateur magazine model to high profile mainstream work after she was spotted by fashion photographer Mario Testino in Manhattan Beach, California in 2001. Noticing Marisa, Mario snapped pictures of her and approached her for a job offer. Soon after, Marisa worked with the likes of Victoria's Secret and has appeared in every issue of the coveted Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue since 2002. In particular, she was featured in the 2004, 2005, 2007, and 2008 editions' sections of body painting featuring the work of Joanne Gair. Raphael Mazzucco's handbra photograph of Marisa wearing nothing but an iPod in the 2007 edition became one of the most famous photos ever published in that magazine. As part of the Sports Illustrated 50th anniversary celebration, she was selected to duplicate some of the swimsuit issues most memorable photos of models such as Tyra Banks, Cheryl Tiegs, Daniela Pestova, and Cindy Crawford. She's also appeared in a diverse range of magazines, many of them international editions, such as Fitness, Shape, GQ, Maxim, Stuff, Vegas, Malibu, Surfing, Ocean Drive, Glamour, Cosmopolitan, Marie Claire, Elle, and Vogue, as well as working on campaigns for Nordstrom, J.Crew, Tommy Hilfiger, and most recently, Bath & Body Works and True Religion jeans. 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".
Marisa Miller was featured on the cover of the 2008 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue.
In 2007, Marisa shot her first television commercial for Victoria's Secret with fellow supermodel Heidi Klum. Marisa caused quite a stir, unexpectedly drawing more attention than Klum, as well as appearing in a cameo on the HBO show Entourage. Marisa was also featured as a model on the pilot episode and the finale of the VH1 reality show The Shot.
On November 26, 2007, Marisa made a special guest appearance on How I Met Your Mother (episode: "The Yips") with her fellow Victoria's Secret supermodels (Alessandra Ambrosio, Adriana Lima, Selita Ebanks, Miranda Kerr, and Heidi Klum). Eight days later, on December 4, 2007, Marisa made her debut at the Victoria's Secret Fashion Show, and has been confirmed for the 2008 show, which will take place in Miami.
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 Marisa would grace the cover of the 2008 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition. The tandem online launch of the 2008 issue drew record page views to the SI website: 228 million, a 41% increase over 2007.
Marisa's next big assignment was a five-city tour to promote the launch of the Victoria's Secret 2008 Swim collection in stores. The April-May tour included stops in New York City, Miami, Chicago (where she threw the opening pitch at a Cubs game), Boston, and Minneapolis, where Marisa signed copies of the Swim 2008 catalogue for fans.
She has designed a shoe line with Vans that launched in July 2008.
The swell in publicity resulting from her 2008 work served to land Marisa Miller in the number one spot on Maxim magazine's "Hot 100" rankings for 2008, beating out list regulars such as Scarlett Johansson, Jessica Biel, and Eva Longoria-Parker. This marked the first time anyone has debuted on the list in the number one position. In her subsequent cover story for the July issue, Maxim proclaimed her as the "return of the great American supermodel." She also finished first place in The Best Damn Sports Show Period "Smokin' Sixteen" competition in 2008, repeating her 2007 win over competitors such as supermodels Gisele Bundchen and Adriana Lima. Marisa then ranked #9 in the Askmen.com's "Top 99" for 2008 (an increase of three places from the previous year, which was a two-place increase itself from 2006) and added to her popular accolades with the "Hot N' Fresh" award at the second annual Spike Guys' Choice Awards, broadcast on June 22nd.
Marisa is currently an ambassador for the American Cancer Society, to which proceeds from her online store are donated. She also supports the Young Survival Coalition, which seeks to promote 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.
Marisa married Jim Miller, a Los Angeles surfing contest promoter and lifeguard from California in 2000 and separated from him in 2002. They divorced soon after. She married Hollywood producer Griffin Guess on April 15, 2006. Marisa enjoys football, muscle cars, cooking, baseball and boxing. From an early age she loved surfing; in 2004, she placed second in the celebrity division of the Kelly Slater Surf Invitational behind Perry Farrell of Jane's Addiction fame. She was a standout volleyball player on her high school team, and has long been a big sports fan in general. She has said that if she weren't a model she would be a sportscaster.