Jarah-Evelyn Makalapua Mariano is an American fashion model of Hawaiian, Korean and Chinese decent. She was born in the city of Lihue on the island of Kauai in Hawaii, but at the age of 4 relocated with her family to California, where she was raised in the city of Mission Viejo with her two older brothers. At the age of 15 she was discovered in Santa Monica, California by a model scout. After graduating from high school, she moved to New York City, where she continued to model and attended Pace University as a full-time student, receiving her degree in Speech Communications with a Media Studies Concentration. Mariano has appeared in ads for Victoria's Secret, MAC Cosmetics, Armani Exchange, Sephora, Roxy Quiksilver, Redken, H&M, Avon, and Rock and Republic. She also graced the April/May 2007 cover for Complex Magazine's 5th Anniversary Issue. She has appeared several times in numerous fashion magazines such as; Self, Taiwan Vogue, Luomo Vogue, Italian Vanity Fair and so on. Mariano has been featured in 2 Abercrombie & Fitch campaigns, as well as 2 AE campaigns, and made her Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition debut in 2008. You can find her in the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition 2009 for her second year.
Mariano's television credits include Jay-Z's come back music video- "Show Me What You Got", several Old Navy commercials, a re-occurring role on "Rescue Me", NBC's "Chuck", and a quick feature in Spielberg's film "Minority Report". She has walked the runway in both New York City and Miami.