I was born in Casablanca, from a French/Catalan mother and a Moroccan father. After my parents separated I followed my mother in the south of France.

Overwhelmed by my boundless energy, my mother enrolled me to the nearest dance studio when I was about ten. Weeks after weeks, I kept going by myself, riding my bike, solo. Then a few months later, the dance teacher called up my mother and told her that I had what it takes to become a professional dancer, and thatit was worth going to the strict ballet boarding school in Cannes “Rosella Hightower”. My mother sacrificed half of her salary and off I went. The training was intense, army like, and although I studied many styles, I was undoubtedly a jazz dancer.

At sixteen I went on to study with Jazz Master Gianin Loringett in Nice. My first paid job was dancing right next to Prince in “Under the Cherry Moon”  and shooting the video "Girls and Boys". It was the 80's and the make up artist who was making our faces was wearying purple mascara, "how funky is that?" I thought. I loved transforming my face for stage performances. I would spend hours training in front of my mirror putting eyelashes and lipstick, fast and furious. Then at eighteen I was finally soloist of the Jazz Dance company “OFF JAZZ”.

At nineteen, real ambitious, with stars in my eyes, I decide to move to Paris. The city of Love was nothing but struggles to survive as a dancer. I trained even harder and got a huge break with Redha on the famous “Champs Elysées”. To make ends meat, I got into acting, the pay was way better.

Of course acting came naturally, since it terrified me, so, I started taking classes with Sarah Sanders and met my soon to be agent Jean-François Gabard who got me a co-starring role in the TV Series “The Adventures of the Black Stallion”. I barely spoke English and lied about my riding skills, or maybe I just didn’t understand the questions? Fifty-two episodes later, the series got syndicated and I went to New York City to do theatre in an original play written by Abi Sanders. I was supposed to stay three months and ended up being something like five years. We formed “Room 203” an underground performer’s lab. There I got the chance to act, sing, dance and direct. Meanwhile Broadway called and I performed in “Chronicle of a Death Foretold”. I went on to act and dance at The Public Theatre in the East Village and in movies.

All this wear and tear took me to the operating room for a herniated disk in 1996, I was twenty-seven and my dancing career was over. I couldn’t move at all for a long time, so all I could do is paint. After a few paintings, I packed and left for Los Angeles to feel the sun and the healing energies of the West. Of course I kept acting (everyone is an actor in LA) and proudly landed many parts, amongst them “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button” sharing screen time with Brad Pitt. In between gigs I was an awful waitress so I decided to hang out at my friend's hair salon and start painting peoples faces. Then I cold-called headshot photographers and pushed doors, until I jumped into the celebrity whirlpool and assisted two of the most inspiring makeup artists of our times, Gina Brooke and Pati Dubroff. I worked everyday and in 2011 I moved back to Morocco and was invited by the House of Dior for the International Film Festival of Marrakech. I am eternally grateful to still be walking and making people feel great. Life is beautiful…



Née à Casablanca d’une mère Franco-Catalane et d’un père Fassi, Marian Filali est influencée dès son plus jeune âge par un environnement multi-culturel. À 8 ans elle suit sa mère sur la Côte d’Azur où elle se passionne pour la danse classique. Dans plusieurs écoles de formations professionnelles, elle forgera sa discipline et son expression artistique, sur scène elle apprivoise la lumière et découvre la magie du maquillage. C’est en dansant avec Prince à 16 ans dans "Under the Cherry Moon" qu’est révélée sa passion pour le makeup en adorant le mascara pourpre sur une des maquilleuses. 

À 19 ans elle “monte à Paris” et se lance comme actrice dans le 7ème Art ce qui lui permet de poursuivre une carrière internationale, en travaillant entre autre avec Woody Allen, Oliver Stone et David Fincher. C’est à New York qu’elle s’installe et réalise ses rèves notamment sur Broadway. Suite à un accident grave qui mettra fin à sa carrière de danseuse, elle se tourne vers la peinture qui nourrit alors sa créativité, son goût de la couleur et des pigments. Marian s’applique désormais à maitriser ses pinceaux.
 C’est alors qu’elle décide d’aller à Los Angeles, où très vite elle entame une brillante carrière dans le monde exclusif de la beauté.

Elle est invitée à faire partie de l'équipe Bourjois aux Oscars, assistante de Troy Jensen, où elle maquille de nombreuses célébrités. Elle rejoint ensuite LancÔme en tant que "National Makeup Artist". Lors d’un évènement “Red Carpet” elle fait la connaissance de Gina Brooke qui, séduite par ses talents, lui propose de l’assister sur ses projets avec Madonna. Peu de temps après elle fait une autre belle rencontre, celle de Pati Dubroff et devient son disciple. Afin de se démarquer en tant qu'artiste polyvalente, elle perfectionne l'art du cheveux et ainsi s'élève au dessus de la forte compétition. Depuis elle ne cesse d’être demandée et  collabore avec de nombreux réalisateurs et photographes de renoms tels que Peter Lindberg, Annie Liebovitz et Steven Klein. 

Depuis peu au Maroc, Marian à été invitée par la Maison Dior ,en 2011, 2012 ainsi qu'en 2013, à faire partie de l'équipe internationale du Festival du Film de Marrakech.