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.
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.
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.
Mădălina Diana Ghenea is a Romanian model and actress. Apart from acting and modeling, Ghenea also participates in fashion shows around the world. She achieved international fame in 2016, when she became the face of a luxury brand called Vanitas.
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.
A significant Venetian figure, Veronica Franco wasn’t an ordinary courtesan but was educated and a talented poet, too. She defended herself successfully against charges of witchcraft. Born to a courtesan, she was married to a doctor briefly and later became a sex worker to sustain herself and her children.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Alena Šeredová is a Czech actress and model best known for her work in Italy. Over the years, Šeredová has appeared on the covers of popular magazines like Playboy Europe, Penthouse Europe, Quo, and Spy. Her popularity increased in 2011 when she got married to Italian goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon; they separated in May 2014.
After winning beauty pageants such as Miss Teen Hungary and Miss Alpeadria, blonde Hungarian beauty Eva Henger moved to Italy and became a hit porn star. She has previously been a handball player and is also trained in the piano. She is now married to producer Massimiliano Caroletti.
Sylva Koscina was a Yugoslav-born Italian actress best remembered for her portrayal of Iole in the movies Hercules and Hercules Unchained in the late 1950s. She was also seen playing an important role opposite Paul Newman in the 1968 American comedy war film The Secret War of Harry Frigg. Sylva Koscina is also remembered for posing for the Playboy magazine.
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.