The World Better Be Prepared for Marisa Miller

Marisa Lee Miller is an American model best known for her appearances in the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issues, and her work for lingerie retailer Victoria’s Secret. An avid surfer who calls her love of the waves “almost an addiction at this point,” she uses the sport as a way to bring peace to her mind and also keep her body in tip-top shape.

Marisa Miller was born and raised in Santa Cruz, the sunny surfing capital of California. Though she regularly dressed in heavy clothes to obscure her figure, Marisa did manage to catch the attention of two Italian modeling scouts at age 16, when she strolled by them in a San Francisco eatery. She gained attention in 1997 when she appeared in the first issue of Perfect 10 magazine.

After a stint shooting with photographer Mario Testino for fashion magazines like Vogue, Marisa began working for both companies in 2002. In 2007, she became a Victoria’s Secret Angel, and graced the cover of the 2008 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue to record-setting numbers. Between 2002 and 2008, she came to dominate the famed Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition.

During her rise to prominence at Sports Illustrated, Marisa came to be equally busy with Victoria’s Secret, she filmed her first television commercial for Victoria’s Secret, appearing alongside Heidi Klum for the It bra. She is also known for contracts with companies like Harley-Davidson, for whom she is the first spokesperson in the history of the company. Marisa ranked #1 on Maxim magazine’s 2008 “Hot 100” list.¬†Aside from modeling, she is an ambassador for the American Cancer Society.

Marisa ranked second in AskMen.com’s “Top 99” for 2010, after ranking third in 2009, ninth in 2008, twelfth in 2007, and fourteenth in 2006. She added to her popular accolades with the “Hot N’ Fresh” award at the second annual Spike Guys’ Choice Awards. She came in third in FHM magazine’s UK edition 2010 of the 16th annual “Sexiest Women in the World” poll, placing behind actress Megan Fox and winner, British singer Cheryl Cole.

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