11 Italian Women With Smarts, Style & Success

To celebrate our wonderful giveaway to Italy, we are showcasing eleven exceptional Italian women, who confirm that it’s entirely possible to have both brains and beauty!

September 1890- November 1973

A rival of Coco Chanel, Elsa was a prominent fashion designer between the two World Wars. She collaborated with artists, including Salvador Dalí, and designed for celebrities such as Mae West.

marella-agnelliMay 1927-

The widow of former Fiat chairman Gianni Agnelli, Marella was born Princess Marella Caracciolo di Castagneto, and is an art collector, socialite, style icon, writer, landscape designer and photographer.


June 1932-March 2006

Born to an Italian-American shoemaker, Anna was an American soprano known for her warm and rich voice, dramatic vulnerability and radiant beauty. She debuted at The Metropolitan Opera in 1959 as Violetta in “La Traviata,”  and appeared there over 200 times.

September 1964-

A model-turned-actress, Monica was a Bond girl in the 2015 James Bond film Spectre, making her the oldest Bond girl in the franchise.

September 1934-

An Oscar and Grammy-winning actress, Sophia has been a knock-out since her career began at age 15. Her films include Desire Under The Elms (1958), Houseboat (1958), and Brief Encounter (1974). She was the first celebrity to launch her own perfume line, Sophia, in 1981.

June 1952-

Known for her roles in Blue Velvet and Death Becomes Her, Isabella ‘s famous parents were actress  Ingrid Bergman and director Roberto Rossellini. She continues to model for Lancôme in her 60s.

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