A Miami native, Natalie Martinez is a Cuban model/actress most known as the face of Jennifer Lopez
' clothing line. And while people has mainly seen her on posters, billboards, and fashion and men's magazines, she has slowly evolved into a budding actress with projects on television and film since 2006. In 2007, Natalie moved to and has been living in Los Angeles, California focusing on her acting career.
It was thru her mother's encouragement that Natalie's career began when she suggested in 2001 that her daughter join the search for the spokesmodel of J.Lo's fashion line. Five thousand girls auditioned from six different cities, with the judges selecting only six from every city. Luckily, Natalie was one of the six picked from Miami. Of the 36 finalists, Lopez handpicked one from each city, and Martinez made the cut. In April 2002, she was crowned the new J.Lo girl.
Since then, Natalie has worked on magazine photoshoots, advertisements, and modeling gigs while she studied at Miami-Dade Community College. In 2006, she played Michelle Miller during the three-month run of the American telenovela Fashion House
. The following year, she was once again cast in another short-lived MyNetworkTV telenovela, Saints & Sinners
. 2008 was a big year for Natalie as she starred alongside Jason Statham
in the action film remake, Death Race
. In 2009, she was tapped for the female lead role, Maggie Morales, on the FOX comedy Sons of Tucson