These twenty Italian women are trendsetters not only in their homeland, but all over the world. We understand how and why these girls became role models.
Viviana Volpicella, Chiara Ferragni, Bianca Balti
At some point, Chiara began posting her fashion images on the Internet, refusing lucrative job offers, and went to fashion weeks with her own money. Now the creator of The Blonde Salad blog has more than 18 million followers on Instagram, and her business is estimated at a very round sum. Ferragni’s products can be purchased in 70 stores in Italy and in the largest retail outlets around the world.
Chiara Ferragni started her own blog, The Blonde Salad, in 2009, when the rapidly gaining popularity of the fashionista stopped having enough space for social networks. Very quickly, her page on the Internet reached incredible heights: more than 600,000 people visited her daily. Of course, Chiara was quickly noticed by fashion brands. Today, she not only takes pictures in their clothes and watches shows from the front row, but also poses for official advertising campaigns. Ferragni’s charming smile has already graced the windows of the brands Tod’s, Calvin Klein and many others. In addition, the whole world does not get tired of following the girl’s personal life — in 2018, Chiara and her beloved rapper Fedez became parents of a charming boy, and a few months later they got married. And in 2020 it became known that the couple is expecting the birth of their second child.
Chiara and Fedez, 2020
Bianca Balti is part of the triumvirate of the main Italian models, along with Mariacarla Boscono and Eva Riccobono. According to legend, Bianca got into the modeling business by accident — she was noticed in the store where she worked. The official start of her career was given in 2005 on the set of an advertising campaign for Dolce & Gabbana. Now it’s hard to believe that she came to the first photo shoot with her mother (by the way, an Azerbaijani).
Since then, the girl has always remained a favorite of the brand. She appeared in the pictures of the Dolce&Gabbana jewelry collection in 2011, posed with Monica Bellucci in 2012, and also starred in an incredibly sensual and seductive perfume commercial with one of the most desirable male models of our time, David Gandhi.
Bianca Balti gave birth to two daughters. Despite a short break in her modeling career, the girl could not be allowed to disappear from Olympus for a long time. In 2012, she graced the Dolce & Gabbana children’s clothing advertising campaign. It is symbolic that the public first learned about Balti’s second pregnancy in March, at the Dolce & Gabbana autumn show: she appeared on the catwalk with an impressive belly.
The beauty studied marketing and public relations, but became the star of fashion weeks. She became famous for a photo in a transparent blouse and without a bra – in this form Eleanor walked around New York — and other street-style shots. Tommy Tone, Scott Schuman and Lee Oliveira dote on her for her unusual and bold style. “You have to be brave to dress freely,” says Eleanor. — But that’s exactly my fashion philosophy. It’s not what you wear that matters, but how!”
Many fashion brands also fell in love with the girl. He stars in advertisements for Alberto Guardiani and Patrizia Pepe (for the latter, she even produced a capsule collection of accessories). By the way, Eleanor is also fond of photography, and more than 650 thousand subscribers follow her Instagram. Karisi is also the founder of his own creative agency GRUMBLE CREATIVE.
“Energy is just boiling inside me, I have a passion for passion, I love to share and learn new things!” – a bright Italian woman admits. Apparently, this love of active life gives her inexhaustible energy to have time to participate in all her projects.
Her mother Silvia Venturini is responsible for the accessories of the fashion house Fendi, and her father is a jewelry designer. But the girl wanted to show her own vision of fashion. The leitmotives of her work are surrealism, spiders, skulls, lips, eyes and other body parts. Delphine presented her first jewelry collection at the Colette concept store in Paris, and the Delfina Delettrez brand immediately became a high-profile jewelry event. Now Delphine is the youngest designer of all, whose works are part of the permanent jewelry collection of the Louvre Museum of Decorative Arts.
Carlotta Oddi and Viviana Volpicella
The shocking queen of the horde of fashion bloggers, the creative consultant of Vogue Japan, Anna Dello Russo, gave both girls the road to fashion life. Both were her assistants (Carlotta still helps Anna with everything from organizing filming and meetings to blogging), both were drawn to fashion from a young age, both dress very cool, inspiring an army of fans to style.com . The first tends to baby-doll dresses, the second to classic silhouettes.
The owner of a low husky voice and expressive facial features, Emma Marrone received her first singing lessons from her father Rosario, a musician from the Italian band Karadreon. She used to triumph: she became number one in the Italian Popstars show, took first place at the Sanremo Music Festival with the song “Non e’ l’Inferno”, released 10 platinum discs. Marrone has more than 4 million followers on Instagram, and in 2014 she represented Italy at the Eurovision Song Contest.
Rosabella Laurenti Sellers
Photo2014 Stefania D’Alessandro
Rising star Rosabella Laurenti Sellers made her theater debut in Euripides’ Medea at the age of eight. In the fifth season of Game of Thrones, she played the role of Tiena Sand and almost deprived fans of feelings by appearing on the screen naked to the waist. Audrey Hepburn, whom she looks a little like, was chosen as a role model.
Coco and Bianca Brandolini D’Adda
Bianca and Coco are girls with a brilliant family tree. They are the daughters of the Italian Count Ri, who belongs to one of the most influential clans in Italy. Their ancestors also include King Philip IV the Handsome and other monarchs.
Bianca is the “face” of the duo, goes non-stop to social events, and six years ago she starred in an advertisement for Dolce & Gabbana. “Before I met Domenico and Stefano, I thought that to be sexy, you only need to wear a mini,” Bianca admits. — And now I understand that the most seductive thing that can only be is a pencil skirt.” Bianca often visits the Palazzo Innocenti in Milan, where Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana hold their couture shows and exclusive fittings for the most expensive clients. Here they talk to their muse, ask what she likes, what outfits she would like to see in her wardrobe.
And Coco is quieter, she is eight years older, a mother of two children, but also connected with the fashion sphere – she consults fashion houses.
A graduate of the Milan Istituto d’arte dell’Accademia di Brera, she started as a stylist in the avant-garde magazine Pig. Admits that the place of unquestionable authority in the fashion world was given to her by sweat and blood — no one believed in the “pretty face” of the model. By the way, Giovanna Battaglia is another student of Anna Dello Russo: she met Anna at a nightclub, and she invited her to shoot.
Like many secular people, whom the whole world wants to resemble, if not the whole world, then an impressive part of it – for sure, Giovanna periodically participates in collaborations. However, in January 2019, Battaglia’s activity decreased somewhat, but there is a good reason for that — the girl became a mother for the first time.
To shoot and produce films, to give birth to two sons, to live in a happy marriage with a Hollywood star for 22 years, to make friends with fashion and ecology – Livia Firth is subject to everything.
She introduced the fashion for eco-outfits at social events (for example, Stella McCartney eco-dresses are close to her). By the way, it was under her patronage that the Green Cut exhibition was held in 2012, for which eight famous designers created luxurious eco-outfits inspired by cult films.
In the fall of 2019, Livia appeared on all the front pages of newspapers and magazines — she and her husband Colin Firth announced their divorce. The reason for the breakup was Giudjolli’s betrayal. However, even after the breakup, the couple continued to be seen together – Mr. Darcy was not immediately able to let go of the fatal Italian.
Melissa P. (Panarello)
The author of the erotic novel One Hundred Strokes of the Hairbrush Before Going to Sleep, in Russian translation called “One Hundred Touches”, Melissa Panarello (better known as Melissa P.) has the fame of a modern Lolita. The plot was autobiographical, she described herself at the age of 17. Based on the bestseller in 2005, the film “Melissa” was staged: intimate diary”, it was shot by Luca Guadagnino. At the end of March 2015, a photo of the first page of the new novel “The Night when Everyone was Healed” appeared on her Twitter (@melissappi) with the caption: “Is coming …”. We are looking forward to it.
Maddalena Corvalha, Georgia Palmas, Melissa Satta
A separate and important category, especially for Italy, is beauties with shapes. After all, the popular taste there is impressed by a sexy on the verge of a foul. Maddalena, Georgia and Melissa promote these canons in social networks on a global level, returning fashion to soft, feminine forms. They have something to say to the world.
For example, Signorina Palmas hosts rating TV shows that have nothing to do with the modeling business — sports and music. For six years, the girl also starred in the TV series “Carabinieri” and participated in the Miss World 2000 contest, where she represented her native country.
Elisabetta was born in Sardinia in the small town of Sassari. She danced in the TV show “Funny News” and was the star of the TV series “Carabinieri”. She is known for filming nudes (in defense of animals), as well as romances, including with footballer Didier Drogba, Portuguese football coach Jose Mourinho and George Clooney. I’ve never liked fashion parties (although her Instagram has almost 2.5 million subscribers), and now especially: in 2014, Elisabetta married an orthopedic surgeon, and a year later became a mother for the first time.
This bright blonde is the only Italian swimmer who won gold at the Olympic Games in Beijing. And a few days earlier, Federica Pellegrini set a world record, which she then updated herself. In ordinary life, the “golden girl” loves Alberta Ferretti dresses and boyfriend Filippo “Superpippo” Magnini, also a swimmer, a four-time world champion.
Photo2015 Tony Barson
Carla Bruni’s older sister Valeria Bruni-Tedeschi lives in France. To play the first significant role in the film “Hotel de France” she was offered by her teacher, director Patrice Shero. Mandatory viewing in her filmography can be considered “Ten minutes older: Cello”, “Farewell Time”, “5 x 2” (in which she starred in a rape scene completely naked), “A Good Year”, “Queen Margot”. She was in a long-term relationship with the handsome Louis Garrel, with whom she is raising her daughter Celine.