Monica Bellucci is one of the most popular actresses from Italy. Her popularity in the West helped her become the oldest woman to play a Bond girl in the history of the James Bond film franchise. Known for her hourglass figure, she has been regarded as a sex symbol and has appeared in lists like 100 Hottest Women of All-Time.
Carla Bruni is an Italian-French fashion model and singer-songwriter. She gained international recognition after marrying the then president of France Nicolas Sarkozy in 2008. Also known for her political activities, philanthropy, and charity work, Bruni established the Carla Bruni-Sarkozy Foundation in 2009; the foundation helps promote access to knowledge for all. She also supports organizations, such as PETA.
Alessandra Mussolini is an Italian former politician and former actress. The granddaughter of Benito Mussolini, she is a former member of the Chamber of Deputies and the Italian Senate. She was the leader of the national conservative political party Social Action as well. Prior to joining politics, she was a model and actress in the 1970s and 1980s.
Known as the Rolling Stones muse, for her affairs with at least two of the iconic rock band’s members, Anita Pallenberg was an actor-model. The Rolling Stones tracks such as You Got The Silver and Angie were inspired by her. She had also studied fashion designing after recovering from drug addiction.
Once likened to pop icon Samantha Fox, Sabrina Salerno was a pop diva from the 1980s. She began her career winning a beauty contest and then became a known face on Italian TV, with shows such as Premiatissima. She later soared to fame with tracks such as Sexy Girl and Boys.
Born in a stable in Verona, Lory Del Santo lost her father in an accident later and was raised by her mother. Beginning her TV career at 16, she later also participated in the Miss Universe contest. She gave birth to Eric Clapton’s son but lost the child in a freak accident.
Born to a fashion photographer father and a fashion PR mother, who were both models previously, Matilda Lutz began modeling quite early in life. She moved to Los Angeles after dropping out of university and initially worked in an Italian eatery to sustain herself. She later appeared in movies such as Rings.
Elettra Lamborghini began her career with TV reality shows such as Gran Hermano VIP and Super Shore. She later soared to fame with her chart-busting track Pem Pem, which was viewed over 4 million times in its debut week. Her track Tócame from Twerking Queen featured Grammy Award-winning rapper Pitbull.
Best known for her role as the Cigar Girl in the James Bond flick The World Is Not Enough, Maria Grazia Cucinotta initially made a name for herself in the Italian TV industry. She was also appreciated for her role in the comedy-drama movie Il Postino and has a star on Toronto’s Italian Walk of Fame.
Beatrice Borromeo is an Italian fashion model and journalist. She has worked for major publications like Newsweek. She has also walked for luxury fashion brands like Trussardi, Valentino, and Chanel. In 2021, Beatrice Borromeo was made the ambassador for Dior.
Known for her high-profile marriage to former Formula One manager Flavio Briatore, Elisabetta Gregoraci is a popular dancer and model in her own right. She gained a lot of flak for reportedly offering sex in exchanged for a job at RAI. She has also campaigned for Wonderbra and posed nude for Maxim.
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Miss USA 2017, Kára McCullough also boasts of a BS in radiochemistry. She has previously worked for the Nuclear Regulatory Commission. Born to a mother who worked with the US Navy, McCullough spent her childhood in places such as Sicily, South Korea, and Japan. She supports the natural hair movement.
Czech supermodel-actor Eva Herzigová was quite a sports lover in her younger days. She deviated to modeling after winning a pageant at 16. Known for her iconic Guess and Wonderbra campaigns, Herzigová, who is now a mother of three, has won hearts with her classic smile and blue-green eyes.
Italian-Filipina model Ambra Gutierrez made headlines when it came to light that she had been sexually assaulted by Harvey Weinstein back in 2015. Born to a ballerina mother, she had started her career as a beauty contest participant at 14 and had then taken to modeling at 19.
Kasia Smutniak began her modeling career at 15. The Polish-Italian actor-model was initially known for her campaigns for the Italian phone company TIM. Known for her roles such as that of Caroline in the action-thriller From Paris with Love, she also boasts of a glider pilot's license.
Michelle Hunziker is a Swiss-Italian model, actress, and television hostess. After starting her career as a model by posing for brands, such as Armani, La Perla, and Rocco Barocco, Hunziker established herself as a TV personality, hosting popular shows like Paperissima Sprint and Colpo di Fulmine. Over the years, she has also acted in films and TV series.
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Italian model, showgirl and television personality Ilary Blasi began her career as a child artist, appearing in four films till the age of nine. On growing up, she reentered the showbiz as a model, taking up all kinds of assignment before joining Miss Italia as a contestant, shortly gaining recognition as a popular television host and a successful model.
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Italian-American photographer Tina Modotti was the daughter of migrant laborers in Austria. She later worked in a textile factory in Italy, before moving to the U.S., where she acted in Italian theater. Initially excelling in still lifes and portraits, she later gained fame for her signature close-ups of Mexican workers.
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Giorgia Palmas is an Italian model and TV personality best known for her work in the popular television show Striscia la notizia. Palmas began her media career in 2000 when she took part in the Miss World pageant, where she lost in the final round to Miss India, Priyanka Chopra. Since then, Palmas has appeared in magazines and reality shows.