Marisa’s modeling career began with a nude appearance for Perfect Ten, an adult magazine. More bits and pieces in the magazine followed, but branching out into other work proved difficult.
Then came a chance meeting that changed everything. When Marisa was out surfing on Manhattan Beach, she ran into the famous fashion photographer Mario Testino. He was instantly taken by her sexy feminine figure, and a quick off-the-cuff photoshoot followed. One thing led to another, and Marisa was offered a chance to develop her modeling work.
Within six months, Miller was working for Victoria’s Secret and the coveted Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue, in which she appeared in every issue from 2002 to 2008. In particular, she famously posed wearing only an iPod in the 2007 issue. She has also appeared in a diverse range of magazines, many of them international editions, such as GQ, Maxim, Glamour, Cosmopolitan, Marie Claire, Elle, and Vanity Fair, as well as working on advertisements for Nordstrom, J.Crew, Guess?, Tommy Hilfiger, Pepsi, Panasonic, Bath & Body Works, True Religion jeans, and motorcycle company Harley-Davidson, with whom she first partnered to launch the VRSCF V-Rod Muscle motorcycle in 2008 and rejoined in November 2009 to act as the face and spokesmodel of the company’s first “Military Appreciation Month” campaign, featuring Miller as a classic pin-up in military-themed advertisements and online content. In July 2008, Miller took her first step beyond modeling when her shoe line with skateboarder/surfer-oriented company Vans launched.