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Bellucci talks about marriage, parenthood, and her desire for the good life.

Monica Bellucci is the Italian equivalent of the word “beautiful.” She isn’t, however, a frail starlet teetering on the brink of fame and starvation. Monica, an actress, mother, wife, and “lipstick addict,” tells Josephine Fairley that she is happies

Monica Bellucci is the Italian equivalent of the word “beautiful.” She isn’t, however, a frail starlet teetering on the brink of fame and starvation. Monica, an actress, mother, wife, and “lipstick addict,” tells Josephine Fairley that she is happiest when she indulges her desires. 

‘Beauty must come from inside.’ It’s hard to look beautiful if you don’t feel well,’ Monica Bellucci explains. 

You can know Monica Bellucci, 44, means it when she says, ‘I’ve never felt more comfortable in my skin,’ simply by looking at her — all Italian curves and glowing good health. 

The Oscar winner and Cannes Film Festival judge has a gorgeous, bronzed complexion (genuine, not artificial), glittering 70% dark-chocolate eyes, and pouting lips that make her one of the sexiest women on the planet. 

Monica is the latest in a long line of va-va-voom Italian cinema actresses that includes Sophia Loren, Gina Lollobrigida, and Monica Vitti, however she is not yet a household name outside of Italy and France. In short, she’s the antithesis to French actresses (who tend to appear like they’ve never eaten more than a corner of an éclair) and their carrot-stick-thin Hollywood counterparts (who are usually on a fad diet). 

While you may not have seen her César-winning performance in L’appartement, her role as a prostitute in Shoot ‘Em Up (opposite Clive Owen), or even her unlikely debut as one of Dracula’s wives in Bram Stoker’s Dracula (back in 1992) at your local Odeon, you are most likely familiar with her from Dior’s make-up campaigns, for which she was recruited as the face in 2006, when she was in her 40s. 

Monica has one of the nicest pouts in the industry, which makes her the ideal model for the debut of Dior’s revolutionary’serum’ anti-aging lipstick, Serum de Rouge, later this month, for which she will be featured in glossy magazines all over the globe. 

She is not an ingénue, like Sharon Stone and Charlize Theron, who are also Dior celebrity ambassadors. ‘Thank goodness!’ Monica says, “I wouldn’t want to be 20 again for anything.” ‘Compared to when I was younger, I am considerably happy today.’ There are so many uncertainties that you must overcome in order to find who you are and who you will become. Today, I understand what I need and what I can live without.’ 

Having her four-year-old daughter Deva with her while shooting is at the top of her list of ‘needs’ (a nomadic existence that currently sees them living out of suitcases in New York). 

‘Deva showed up at just the right time for me. I’ve done a lot in my life, been to a lot of places, and had a lot of fun – but when she arrived, I was ready to give her all she needed. When it comes to children, the most essential thing is to give them your attention. That is, in fact, all that counts. I’m at a point in my life where I don’t feel like I’m missing out if I don’t go out. I become tired being around by folks who smoke cigarettes and consume alcoholic beverages… And I’m no longer interested in attending premieres or having my picture taken on the red carpet. ‘I want to spend time with her.’ 

Monica also acknowledges that she no longer enjoys the party scene: ‘Kids steal your sleep!’ I didn’t sleep for two years and nine months because I was breast-feeding. But I’m so thrilled to be a mother that I’m not bothered by any of the sacrifices. They’re the methods you learn how to be a mother…’ 

She’s also trying to strike a balance between her need to be active and rushing about (she previously characterized herself as “like a shark, constantly moving; I need to move to remain alive”) and the realization that, at times, every woman has to be still and lazy in order to be healthy. ‘I suppose I’m half-shark and half-Mediterranean!’ That’s one of the things I like about my child: she finally allows me to slow down and relax.’ 

It’s still a ping-pong existence between Rome, Paris, New York, and London, but it’ll be decision time soon: ‘Deva will have to go to school in a year, and I’ll have to select where we’ll base ourselves,’ Monica jokes. ‘But not yet!’ says the narrator. I am, without a doubt, a lady of the last minute. I organized three different hospitals while I was pregnant because I couldn’t decide where I wanted to deliver my baby: London, Rome, or Paris. Finally, I chose to go to Rome, where I arrived on Monday and gave birth on Saturday.’ 

Monica intends to bring Deva along with her when she makes a film – but only with a teacher. ‘Though if we’re going to be away for a long, I may attempt to locate a lycée where she can obtain the same education.’ Deva is already fluent in Italian and French, her parents’ native tongues, as well as English. ‘She’s a breeze to work with. She travels so much that she can sleep anywhere — she’s like a nomad baby. Even when the environment changes, her mother and father are always her rock…’ 

Intriguingly (and oh-so-continentally), Monica doesn’t need to be in the pocket of her husband, gorgeous French actor Vincent Cassel. Despite parts in English-language films like as Ocean’s Twelve and Ocean’s Thirteen, he is arguably best known in the UK for his long-running Renault Clio commercials as Nicole’s lover (which probably irritates the hell out of him). 

They’ve been married since 1999 and have collaborated on numerous films, including L’appartement and the very polarizing Irreversible, in which Monica was subjected to a violent ten-minute rape scene (she forced Vincent to leave the set at that time in case he assaulted the actor who was ‘rapping’ her). 

‘Vincent is an outstanding parent. We try to see each other as frequently as possible, but he’s usually shooting or I’m shooting. We prefer to work for a bit and then go someplace as a family, which is one of the beautiful things about our line of work.’ 

She’s been cited as stating she wasn’t interested the first time they met. ‘But, for both of us, it was attraction and repulsion at the same moment,’ she explains. ‘At first, we didn’t realize there was an attraction; we both assumed it was more repulsion.’ But then we got the opportunity to learn more about one other, and it was all attraction!’ (That throaty, seductive chuckle.) 

‘I find it exciting not to be with someone all of the time; you don’t get used to them or take them for granted.’ We’re polar opposites. But it operates at the same time.’ She aspires to have a second kid. ‘However, a kid arrives when he or she wishes. You can make a movie, but you can’t make a baby.’ 

Monica’s childhood dream was to be a movie star – ‘I grew up admiring those goddesses: Sophia Loren, Gina Lollobrigida, Claudia Cardinale, Anna Magnani’ – but she never worked out how to go from the modest Umbrian hamlet of Città di Castello where she was born to the big screen. A career as a lawyer seemed to be more feasible. A friend led her to various modeling agencies in Milan when she was at university in Perugia. When it sashayed in, they realized it was a wonderful thing, and she was immediately signed. 

Monica now considers herself fortunate, despite the fact that she first believed modeling was merely a method to supplement her student money. ‘I was under the impression that I could work and study at the same time.’ But then I had to leave university because I needed to travel for employment.’ 

‘Being a lawyer was too dull for me – for my nature,’ she admits now. The law’s loss is cinema’s gain: Monica was discovered in a magazine and cast in the film Vita Coi Figli by Italian filmmaker Dino Ris. Francis Ford Coppola attempted the same thing two years later, casting Monica as one of Dracula’s (topless) brides. 

‘I like doing beautiful, bold films in which I portray profound, feminine characters with great emotions,’ she explains. She recently appeared in Rebecca Miller’s film The Private Lives of Pippa Lee opposite Robin Wright Penn, Julianne Moore, Winona Ryder, and Keanu Reeves. Monica is presently shooting The Sorcerer’s Apprentice for Disney, starring Nicolas Cage — somewhat unusual choice for an actress who has played some contentious characters, like Mary Magdalene in The Passion of Christ, and spent a lot of time on-screen without her makeup on. 

Monica recognizes her fortunate fortune in being able to work in the United States (unlike many continental actors who never have the chance), but she feels much more at ease on this side of the Atlantic. In fact, England is the only location where she can completely unwind. ‘I spend a lot of time in London and feel completely at ease there. I may be completely anonymous and as free as a bird. I like going to the park with my “baby,” as well as going shopping with my pals.’ 

She avoids ‘jet-set VIP places’ when she goes on vacation, preferring to be barefoot on a beach in a wild location, such as a forgotten corner of Brazil or Puglia in Southern Italy. ‘I like lying around in the sun and being lazy.’ I know it’s harmful for my skin, but I can’t get enough of it!’ 

Monica is inherently Italian, despite her air-miles lifestyle. ‘I am a family person, which is very Italian: I come from a large, powerful family, and I like spending time with them. And my passion for cuisine is unmistakably Italian! I eat anything, but my favorite cuisine is Italian. My daughter is one of them. Pasta and parmigiano are her favorite foods.’ 

She is not one of those actresses that deprives herself of food. ‘If I have to reduce weight for a job, I can do it: I eat meat, fish, and vegetables, and I lose weight quickly.’ But there are occasions when I have to acquire weight for a job, and I can assure you that I like it!’ She’s also not likely to be seen on a treadmill anytime soon. ‘With my way of life, it’s impossible.’ Go up at 5 a.m. to get to the gym and be on set by 6 a.m.? Impossible! So instead of going to the gym, I wear black,’ she says with a grin. ‘Much more practical and enjoyable.’ 

What about beauty tips? She admits, ‘I don’t have any.’ ‘It needs to originate from inside.’ It’s hard to look nice if you don’t feel good — not only for girls, but also for women with a life and experiences.’ 

She’s a lipstick addict, just like the rest of us. ‘I have a plethora of them. Mostly nudes and neutrals. But every now and then, I’ll put on a traditional red, and it immediately reminds me of my mother and grandmother, who, even as a very old lady, would to put on red lipstick before going to church. For me, it is such a lovely picture because it shows that she still had her femininity and was taking care of herself. I aspire to be like that.’ 

With a pout that rivals Angelina Jolie’s in terms of volume, Monica’s skincare standards are understandably high: ‘Because I have large lips that dry out quickly, I have to keep them moisturized.’ The importance of the lips cannot be overstated. You communicate with your mouth, eat with it, kiss with it…’ 

Spoken, of course, like a true Italian – one who’s refreshingly at ease in her sexy, tanned, utterly bellissima and not-too-skinny skin. Honestly, she’s enough to make anyone throw their low-calorie meal-replacement milkshake down the sink, pick up the nearest bowl of spaghetti carbonara, pour a glass of chianti and wallow in la dolce vita.

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Who Looks More Stunning in a Red Dress, Scarlett Johansson or Elizabeth Olsen?

The youngest Olsen sibling, formerly dwarfed by her older sisters, has grown up. She claims to be 32, although she seems much younger. At Saturday night’s 33rd Film Independent Spirit Awards in Los Angeles, Elizabeth wowed in a bold red sheer lace Zuhair Murad outfit that highlighted her amazing physique. The actress looked both sultry and refined in her choice of wardrobe. One of the actors that caught our attention was Elizabeth Olsen, who donned a Zuhair Murad bespoke gown and Jimmy Choo stiletto sandals. Her all-ruby-red outfit is stunning and clearly draws inspiration from the designer’s spring/summer 2018 collection. A thin lace dress like Elizabeth’s would look stunning in this colour of red for an evening out on the town. The midi-length gown accentuates her figure thanks to the mirror-image lace work down the garment and the corset-style bodice. Check out her attire below: –

Scarlett Johansson, who also appeared in “The Avengers,” wore a garment quite identical to the one in question. She didn’t wear it to an event, but the photographs she snapped of herself in it are undeniably sultry. Her hair was done in a classic updo, and she wore minimal makeup. Her cherry red dress matched the colour of lipstick she was carrying, and her eyes were captivating. While the overall style of her clothing was comparable to that of Elizabeth’s, the shearing pattern was unique to her own. Look at Scarlett in that dress: –

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How Monica Bellucci always looks so young

30 September 2014 The actress Monica Bellucci will be 50. She is still one of the most stunning and seductive ladies on the planet despite being far from youthful.

A gathering was hosted in Moscow in March 2014 to celebrate the launch of a new Dolce & Gabbana store. The party’s primary attraction was the incomparable Monica Bellucci. Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana, two fashion designers, and the actress have a close bond. In the late 1980s, Bellucci made her modeling debut in the Dolce & Gabbana show. She has been promoting this fashion brand’s clothing, perfumes, and cosmetics for about ten years now. The journalists, Russian celebrities, and ordinary admirers of her talent described the Italian actress as luxurious, sophisticated, exquisite, and singular. The actress, who is approaching her 50th birthday, looks gorgeous despite her recent divorce.

One of the few women who age gracefully is Monica Bellucci. She encourages all women to follow her lead because she has figured out how to accept herself at any age. The Italian beauty’s visage makes it clear that she resisted the trend for “beauty injections” and only occasionally makes use of cosmetic surgery’s advancements. This makes Monica Bellucci appear really authentic. Bellucci is stunning without makeup and has traditionally attractive facial features. However, the actress acknowledges that she finds it impossible to envision her existence without makeup. She loves lipstick and mascara for beauty goods. Her brown eyes are highlighted by the eyeshadow’s delicate selection of light gray or brown hues.

The key elements of Monica Bellucci’s look include a floor-length dress, high heels, natural makeup, and beautiful black hair. This actress has frequently appeared on lists of the sexiest and most attractive women in the world. The Italian movie star’s physique might be used as the benchmark for femininity. She doesn’t make an effort to meet the expectations of beauty set by Hollywood and the fashion industry. Monica’s weight stabilized at around 68 kg after the birth of her second child, but the actress was in no rush to start a diet. She was breastfeeding, which was her main concern.

Monica Bellucci has frequently stated that she doesn’t take any additional measures to maintain her physical fitness. She doesn’t exercise or follow a diet. The actress chuckles and says, “I’m too lazy for that.” The actress prefers to wear black clothing that conceals her imperfections rather than working out at a gym until she is exhausted. If she wants to drop weight for a certain job, she just switches to lower-calorie foods, and the pounds naturally disappear. With a height of 175 centimeters, Monica weighs between 64 and 66 kg. By Hollywood standards, this is almost a catastrophe. However, Bellucci has always stood out since she never tried to uphold the standards.

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Unknown Facts About Monica Bellucci

Italian model and actress Monica Anna Maria Bellucci. She is frequently considered as one of the most stunning ladies in the world.

About Monica Bellucci

The only child of Brunella Briganti and Pasquale Bellucci, Monica Anna Maria Bellucci was born on September 30, 1964, in the Italian village of Città di Castello, Umbria.

She holds Italian nationality. Brunella Briganti and Pasquale Bellucci’s only child is Monica Bellucci.

When Monica Bellucci was a teenager, she began modeling. She first appeared in Bram Stoker’s Dracula and The Apartment after working as a model. Early in the 1990s, Bellucci’s film career got underway.

She cemented her status as an actress in 1996 when she was nominated for a César Award for best supporting actress for her depiction of Lisa in The Apartment.

Bellucci played Persephone in the popular science-fiction sequel to The Matrix, The Matrix Reloaded, which debuted in 2003. The two were nominated for best kiss at the MTV Movie Awards for their on-screen liplock with co-star Keanu Reeves.

Two national publications claim that Italian is regarded as a sex symbol.

After that, Bellucci focused on all things biblical, portraying Mary Magdalene to Jim Caviezel’s Jesus in the Mel Gibson-directed The Passion of the Christ (2004). Immediately after that, Bellucci starred as the Mirror Queen alongside Matt Damon and Heath Ledger as the title characters in the fantasy-action adventure The Brothers Grimm (2005).

She briefly studied law before opting to pursue modeling.

Bellucci Love Life

In 1990, she wed the photographer Claudio Basso; however, the couple separated in 1994.

Claudio Carlos Basso 1. (1990-1994)
Vincent Cassel 2. (1999-2013)

Bellucci continued to split her time between Hollywood assignments and European film appearances. She co-starred in the 2000 film Under Suspicion alongside Gene Hackman, and the same year, she won praise for her moving portrayal of a wife who is torn apart by war in the Italian-language drama Malèna.

Before divorcing in 2013, she married Vincent Cassel, with whom she had two daughters: Deva in 2004 and Leonie in 2010.

Bellucci Family

1. Deva Cassel (daughter with Vincent Cassel)
2. Léonie Cassel (daughter with Vincent Cassel)

Leonie and Deva

She posed half-naked for the Italian Vanity Fair magazine’s April 2010 issue while she was carrying her daughter Deva in 2004 in an effort to draw attention to the country’s ban on sperm donations.

Bellucci continued to split her time between Hollywood assignments and European film appearances. She co-starred in the 2000 film Under Suspicion alongside Gene Hackman, and the same year, she won praise for her moving portrayal of a wife who is torn apart by war in the Italian-language drama Malèna.

Later, Bellucci co-starred with Rachel Weisz in the 2010 true-crime film The Whistleblower and Robert De Niro in the 2011 Italian romantic comedy The Ages of Love. She also gained notoriety when she was chosen to play the next “Bond Girl” opposite Daniel Craig in the 2015 film Spectre, making her the oldest actress to ever portray the superspy’s love interest in the James Bond film series.

It was named Dolce & Gabbana’s advertising spokesperson in 2012.

Bellucci and her then-husband Cassel co-starred in the historical action movie Brotherhood of the Wolf two years later.

Monica is dating Mountain Jew millionaire and entrepreneur Telman Ismailov.

Monica Bellucci and Telman Ismailov

Ettore Scola’s A Special Day is her favorite film. Her favorite actresses are Claudia Cardinale and Sophia Loren. She can sing, and acting is his love.

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