While she was often referred to as Italy’s Marilyn Monroe, there’s no denying Sophia Loren stands in a league of her own…
An Academy Award winner, Grammy winner and renowned image of a stunning sex goddess, Ms Loren has had an impact on many people over her lifetime career in the public eye…
She was born “Sofia Villani Scicolone” in 1934 in Rome and as a young girl, she lacked the curves she is so famously known for. Sofia was a skinny, gangly girl nicknamed ‘the toothpick’, yet when she hit 14 she began to transform into the voluptuous and stunning woman she is so famously remembered as being.
Her beauty drew her to compete in the Miss Roma beauty pageant in Naples at the age of 15 and while she did not come away with the crown, she transfixed film producer Carlo Ponti instead.
It was Ponti who first influenced Sofia Loren into doing screen tests for movie rolls and ultimately assisted in her big professional break through American director Stanley Kramer. In her first breakthrough role, Sofia Loren claimed the lead role in The Pride and The Passion, starring opposite Hollywood legends Cary Grant and Frank Sinatra.
As her popularity grew, she officially changed her name to ‘Sophia’ to better fit into the Hollywood scene. The height of her success came about when she was presented with an Academy Award for best actress – the first woman to ever do so in a foreign-language film for her role in Two Women.
Not only has her career been on film but she has also recorded well over two dozen songs throughout her career, had a rolling stone song named after her and even a street in Ontario, Canada grace her famous name in her honour.
Throughout her career she broke many hearts with her mesmerising looks, while she was proposed to by the legendary Cary Grant, it was Carlo Ponti, the man who first discovered her that she married and had 2 children with. Despite their 22 year age gap, they remained happily together until his death in 2007. She was once asked if she would ever marry again to which she replied “No, never again. It would be impossible to love anyone else.”
As a style icon, her impressive curves were what made every man fall in love with her and every woman want to be her. She was constantly dressed in beautiful and flattering shapes which emphasized her minute waist and impressive décolletage.
In the world today, where shapeless models are idolised over hourglass curves, Sophia Loren’s feminine shape and classic taste in clothing make her a timeless beauty and irrefutable image of femininity. Many designers still use her style as inspiration for their creations, drawing back to how her shape and poise projected the ideal femme fatale.
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