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Michele Merkin


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Biography for Michele Merkin

Michele Merkin (born Jun. 25, 1975 (45 years ago)) is an American model and TV host.

Early years

Merkin was born in San Francisco of Swedish and Russian Jewish descent, but attended boarding school in England. Her mother was from Sweden, and had been a model for twenty years, including an appearance in the first Victoria's Secret (26 walls) catalog in the late 1970 (50 years ago). Merkin grew up tall and slender, reaching 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m) by the age of 14. This helped her play basketball, but gathered her some abuse in school, where she was called nicknames such as "Giraffa" and "Manute Bol".


Modeling career

Merkin began modeling part time from the age of 15, while she was in high school. She attended UCLA, aiming to study medicine, specifically plastic surgery, but left during the first quarter to become a professional model. She modeled for 15 years, living in Paris, Milan, New York, and Los Angeles, appearing in such magazines as ELLE, Marie Claire, Harper's Bazaar and Vogue, and over 60 commercials, most notably campaigns for Clairol and the Nintendo video game Perfect Dark.

For Perfect Dark, Merkin appeared as the lead video game character Joanna Dark in commercials and in-store promotions for the N64 cartridge; Merkin's hair was cut short and dyed black for the appearances.

Merkin was selected for the Maxim "Hot 100" list of attractive women in 2006 (14 years ago) (at #74) and 2007 (13 years ago) (at #56).

TV host

Merkin co-hosted the cable TV program Foody Call with Rossi Morreale, which began to air on Jun. 2005 (15 years ago) on the Style Network. This was a reality show which combined cooking and romance, by teaching men to seduce women with food. It was the second highest rated show on the Style Network. After the program was canceled in 2006 (14 years ago), Merkin admitted that the premise was faulty, saying, "... most girls I know don’t really eat. The way to a woman’s heart is definitely not through her stomach."

Concurrently, Merkin was a sideline reporter on the season three of Extreme Dodgeball which aired starting Jul. 19, 2005 (15 years ago) on the Game Show Network.

In May 2007 (13 years ago) she ventured off cable TV to host the The Next Best Thing TV series, which aired on American Broadcasting Company.

She is now co-hosting Party Monsters Cabo on E!, a reality TV show where participants compete to determine who is the best party event planner.

In Mar. 2008 (12 years ago) she hosted Sand Blasters III: The Extreme Sand Sculpting Championship on the Travel Channel.

She has also hosted individual episodes of E! News Daily, NBC's For Love or Money, VH1's Red Eye, The Movie Fan Show, The Love Report for Studios USA, Close-up Hollywood, Buy TV, Movie Watch and Attack of the Show! (4 walls).


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