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Italy: the country that breathes art. Milan: the city that sells fashion. Yet neither can boast being the home of top models, which in Italy can be counted on one hand. Sure, there was Benedetta Barzini in the sixties, Carla Bruni in the nineties and now the likes of Maria Carla Boscono and Bianca Balti, but despite the fact Italy is not exactly a country lacking in beauties, it is so in models. They are the exceptions to the rule, rare and scattered like decades on a rosary.
 
The reason is perhaps purely cultural. In Italy the image of modelling is damaged, associated with certain prejudices and a lack of information that makes it unappealing to would-be models, who instead choose to pursue work in cinema or TV. They want to become a new Sophia Loren, not a Giselle Bundchen. Even the mothers that push their daughters towards ‘Miss’ competitions or the soubrette (often as a way of fulfilling the dreams of their youth) don’t seem tempted to encourage their daughters to consider modelling. All this reflects that fact that modelling is not considered a constructive use of time, that it’s even a waste. Yet to be a model is a serious and professional career choice for people who are not only required to have great physical beauty, but commitment, determination and energy – not to mention other intrinsic values that are also necessary: savoir-faire, culture, charm, personal appeal and style.
 
Photo courtesy of Marilove
 
Considering the premise that the value of being a model in Italy has diminished, the few Italian models in existence therefore deserve to be celebrated – they rare gems in an ocean of foreign models. Representing their whole country, they are beautiful, engaging girls who, with tenacity and patience, are sailing against the current; even though most of them were first noticed and booked abroad as opposed to in their country. It is said “no one is a prophet in his homeland” but perhaps this is changing and can be debunked when we think about some of the beautiful – and surprising – collaborations that have come out of Italy between designers and muses. Riccardo Tisci of Givenchy chose Greta Varlese as his muse. Dolce and Gabbana had Vittoria Ceretti. Yet still both of these were discovered outside Italy at the Elle Model Look, held in Shenzhen, China. 
 
In New York, the ethereal beauty of Anna Gretel Zanovello, a classical dancer as well as a model, is papered all over the city following her campaign with Lacoste. And one of the biggest networks has just signed another Italian, Lalindaa, also known as Linda Morselli, the fiancée of Valentino Rossi. She too is a stunning beauty worthy of many compliments. Matilda Lutz was also chosen for a main role in the sequel of the film The Ring, her transition from model to actress unexpectedly opening the doors for others wishing to break in to American cinema, for example Giulia Manin (another brunette beauty and favourite of Dolce and Gabbana); Roberta Cardenio, who walks catwalks all over the world; Chiara Mazzoleni, who recently landed a role in ‘Dazed and Confused’; as well as other young hopefuls such as Serena Bows and Beatrice Brusco. Finally the babyface stars Vittoria Pitre, Benedetta Casaluci, and Beatrice Bano also have projects under development.   
 
Photo courtesy of Marilove
 
Italian models are the veins originating from the heart of the artistic world, Italy, who has been the centre of culture and genius for centuries and centuries. It is said that the heritage of each of us is inherently linked to a universal whole and it is that innate part that unites us and serves as a means of expressing who we are and what we stand for. Our values are essentially all the same and, even if we forget this, we are born in spirit before we are born in matter. We are transcending the prejudices that bind us, and in doing so we express our potential. Italian girls should be inspired by this immense resource they have inherited, the resource of Italian civilization, and not by the prejudices of our times. 
 
Here’s a message of celebration in the hope that the characteristics of Italian style, beauty and art will be recovered by valuable and talented women. Girls are born to be successful.
 
Article by Marilove
 
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意大利,艺术之国;米兰,时尚之都。然而两者都不能自夸是超模的家园,意大利的模特屈指可数。当然,在六十年代有Benedetta Barzini,九十年代有Carla Bruni,现在有Maria Carla Boscono和Bianca Balti。但是尽管意大利显然不是一个缺乏美女的国家,它确实是缺乏模特。她们是规则的例外,像钻石一样稀有。
 
原因也许纯粹是文化上的。在意大利模特的形象是受到诋毁的,与某些偏见有关,同时匮乏的信息不足以吸引潜在的模特们,她们宁愿去演电影或者电视剧。她们想变成新一代的Sophia Loren,而不是Giselle Bundchen。甚至妈妈们宁愿让女儿们参加形象小姐比赛或者选秀节目,也不愿意让她们去当模特。所有这些都反映出做模特不被认为是合理的选择,甚至是浪费时间。然而,对于那些不仅身材好,而且有担当有决心、精力又充沛的人来说,做模特着实是一个不错的职业选择,当然还有很多其他内在品质也是必要的:交际能力、文化背景、气质、人格魅力和风格。
 
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考虑到在意大利当模特价值被削弱的前提,因此现在几乎没有意大利模特被认为值得赞颂——她们像稀有的宝石一样淹没在外籍模特的大海中。作为她们国家的代表,这些女孩美丽,迷人,有韧性有耐心,逆流而上;尽管她们中大多数是在国外被发现并签约,而不是在自己的国家。虽说“墙内开花墙外香”,但是也许这不是一尘不变的,想一想那些来自意大利的设计师和模特的美丽惊艳的合作——纪梵希的Riccardo Tisci选择Greta Varlese做他的灵感女神,杜嘉班纳有Vittoria Cerett。两者都是在中国深圳的精英模特大赛上被发现的,而不是在意大利。
 
在纽约,古典舞者兼模特Anna Gretel Zanovello为法国鳄鱼拍的广告海报随处可见。另一位意大利模特Lalindaa(又被称作Linda Morselli),Valentino Rossi的未婚妻,与一家大网络公司签约。她也是一位大受欢迎的美女。Matilda Lutz也被选作电影《指环王》续集的主演,她从模特向女演员的转变意外的为其他渴望打入美国电影界的模特们打开了大门,比如Giulia Manin(另一个棕色皮肤美女,也是杜嘉班纳的最爱);比如Roberta Cardenio,在全世界的T台上走秀;Chiara Mazzoleni,最近出演了电影《年少轻狂》;以及其他年轻有潜力的模特们,比如Serena Bows和Beatrice Brusco。 最后,还带着稚气的Vittoria Pitre,Benedetta Casaluci和Beatrice Bano,也在发展各种事业。
 
Photo courtesy of Marilove
 
千百年来,意大利一直是文化的中心、天才的摇篮,意大利模特则是连接这个艺术天堂心脏的重要脉络。据说每个人生来就与整个宇宙连结,正是这样我们才能团结在一起,表达出我们是谁,代表什么。我们的价值本质上是相同的,就算不是,我们也是精神先于肉体出生。我们要跨越束缚我们的偏见,才能表达出我们的潜能。意大利女孩应该摒弃时代的偏见,被她们继承的巨大的精神财富——意大利文明而激励。
 
这是一篇送给意大利模特的赞美诗,希望意大利的风格、美丽和艺术能被有价值有才能的女性们恢复,希望她们在T台上走出自信,走出成功。
 
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BorntoRunway | Marilove Diary | A Celebration of Italian Models


Photo courtesy of Marilove
 
Italy: the country that breathes art. Milan: the city that sells fashion. Yet neither can boast being the home of top models, which in Italy can be counted on one hand. Sure, there was Benedetta Barzini in the sixties, Carla Bruni in the nineties and now the likes of Maria Carla Boscono and Bianca Balti, but despite the fact Italy is not exactly a country lacking in beauties, it is so in models. They are the exceptions to the rule, rare and scattered like decades on a rosary.
 
The reason is perhaps purely cultural. In Italy the image of modelling is damaged, associated with certain prejudices and a lack of information that makes it unappealing to would-be models, who instead choose to pursue work in cinema or TV. They want to become a new Sophia Loren, not a Giselle Bundchen. Even the mothers that push their daughters towards ‘Miss’ competitions or the soubrette (often as a way of fulfilling the dreams of their youth) don’t seem tempted to encourage their daughters to consider modelling. All this reflects that fact that modelling is not considered a constructive use of time, that it’s even a waste. Yet to be a model is a serious and professional career choice for people who are not only required to have great physical beauty, but commitment, determination and energy – not to mention other intrinsic values that are also necessary: savoir-faire, culture, charm, personal appeal and style.
 
Photo courtesy of Marilove
 
Considering the premise that the value of being a model in Italy has diminished, the few Italian models in existence therefore deserve to be celebrated – they rare gems in an ocean of foreign models. Representing their whole country, they are beautiful, engaging girls who, with tenacity and patience, are sailing against the current; even though most of them were first noticed and booked abroad as opposed to in their country. It is said “no one is a prophet in his homeland” but perhaps this is changing and can be debunked when we think about some of the beautiful – and surprising – collaborations that have come out of Italy between designers and muses. Riccardo Tisci of Givenchy chose Greta Varlese as his muse. Dolce and Gabbana had Vittoria Ceretti. Yet still both of these were discovered outside Italy at the Elle Model Look, held in Shenzhen, China. 
 
In New York, the ethereal beauty of Anna Gretel Zanovello, a classical dancer as well as a model, is papered all over the city following her campaign with Lacoste. And one of the biggest networks has just signed another Italian, Lalindaa, also known as Linda Morselli, the fiancée of Valentino Rossi. She too is a stunning beauty worthy of many compliments. Matilda Lutz was also chosen for a main role in the sequel of the film The Ring, her transition from model to actress unexpectedly opening the doors for others wishing to break in to American cinema, for example Giulia Manin (another brunette beauty and favourite of Dolce and Gabbana); Roberta Cardenio, who walks catwalks all over the world; Chiara Mazzoleni, who recently landed a role in ‘Dazed and Confused’; as well as other young hopefuls such as Serena Bows and Beatrice Brusco. Finally the babyface stars Vittoria Pitre, Benedetta Casaluci, and Beatrice Bano also have projects under development.   
 
Photo courtesy of Marilove
 
Italian models are the veins originating from the heart of the artistic world, Italy, who has been the centre of culture and genius for centuries and centuries. It is said that the heritage of each of us is inherently linked to a universal whole and it is that innate part that unites us and serves as a means of expressing who we are and what we stand for. Our values are essentially all the same and, even if we forget this, we are born in spirit before we are born in matter. We are transcending the prejudices that bind us, and in doing so we express our potential. Italian girls should be inspired by this immense resource they have inherited, the resource of Italian civilization, and not by the prejudices of our times. 
 
Here’s a message of celebration in the hope that the characteristics of Italian style, beauty and art will be recovered by valuable and talented women. Girls are born to be successful.
 
Article by Marilove
 
Photo courtesy of Marilove
 
意大利,艺术之国;米兰,时尚之都。然而两者都不能自夸是超模的家园,意大利的模特屈指可数。当然,在六十年代有Benedetta Barzini,九十年代有Carla Bruni,现在有Maria Carla Boscono和Bianca Balti。但是尽管意大利显然不是一个缺乏美女的国家,它确实是缺乏模特。她们是规则的例外,像钻石一样稀有。
 
原因也许纯粹是文化上的。在意大利模特的形象是受到诋毁的,与某些偏见有关,同时匮乏的信息不足以吸引潜在的模特们,她们宁愿去演电影或者电视剧。她们想变成新一代的Sophia Loren,而不是Giselle Bundchen。甚至妈妈们宁愿让女儿们参加形象小姐比赛或者选秀节目,也不愿意让她们去当模特。所有这些都反映出做模特不被认为是合理的选择,甚至是浪费时间。然而,对于那些不仅身材好,而且有担当有决心、精力又充沛的人来说,做模特着实是一个不错的职业选择,当然还有很多其他内在品质也是必要的:交际能力、文化背景、气质、人格魅力和风格。
 
Photo courtesy of Marilove
 
考虑到在意大利当模特价值被削弱的前提,因此现在几乎没有意大利模特被认为值得赞颂——她们像稀有的宝石一样淹没在外籍模特的大海中。作为她们国家的代表,这些女孩美丽,迷人,有韧性有耐心,逆流而上;尽管她们中大多数是在国外被发现并签约,而不是在自己的国家。虽说“墙内开花墙外香”,但是也许这不是一尘不变的,想一想那些来自意大利的设计师和模特的美丽惊艳的合作——纪梵希的Riccardo Tisci选择Greta Varlese做他的灵感女神,杜嘉班纳有Vittoria Cerett。两者都是在中国深圳的精英模特大赛上被发现的,而不是在意大利。
 
在纽约,古典舞者兼模特Anna Gretel Zanovello为法国鳄鱼拍的广告海报随处可见。另一位意大利模特Lalindaa(又被称作Linda Morselli),Valentino Rossi的未婚妻,与一家大网络公司签约。她也是一位大受欢迎的美女。Matilda Lutz也被选作电影《指环王》续集的主演,她从模特向女演员的转变意外的为其他渴望打入美国电影界的模特们打开了大门,比如Giulia Manin(另一个棕色皮肤美女,也是杜嘉班纳的最爱);比如Roberta Cardenio,在全世界的T台上走秀;Chiara Mazzoleni,最近出演了电影《年少轻狂》;以及其他年轻有潜力的模特们,比如Serena Bows和Beatrice Brusco。 最后,还带着稚气的Vittoria Pitre,Benedetta Casaluci和Beatrice Bano,也在发展各种事业。
 
Photo courtesy of Marilove
 
千百年来,意大利一直是文化的中心、天才的摇篮,意大利模特则是连接这个艺术天堂心脏的重要脉络。据说每个人生来就与整个宇宙连结,正是这样我们才能团结在一起,表达出我们是谁,代表什么。我们的价值本质上是相同的,就算不是,我们也是精神先于肉体出生。我们要跨越束缚我们的偏见,才能表达出我们的潜能。意大利女孩应该摒弃时代的偏见,被她们继承的巨大的精神财富——意大利文明而激励。
 
这是一篇送给意大利模特的赞美诗,希望意大利的风格、美丽和艺术能被有价值有才能的女性们恢复,希望她们在T台上走出自信,走出成功。
 
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