Italian Fashion Modeling: Eva Riccobono |

Eva Riccobono

An “apprentice”, as she defines herself. Actually, Eva Riccobono is a worldwide well-known Italian supermodel who has also made it big in show business, as showgirl, actress and even singer.  Inspired by the biblical figure she bears the name of, Eva has become throughout the years a symbol of Italian beauty all over the world: blue eyes, blond hair and fine lineaments reveal her German origins, but she is still a Mediterranean woman.

Born in 1983 in Palermo, half Sicilian and half German, she grows up between the cameras, starting to model at a very young age for local shows and campaigns. When the famous Italian photographer Marco Glaviano sees her, he suggest Eva to move to Milan, helping her to enter in the fashion system. He already saw in her the potential of a great Italian fashion model.

After collaborating with many famous Italian fashion maisons, as Trussardi, Blumarine or Gianfranco Ferré, in 2002 she is chosen by Dolce&Gabbana for an exclusive advertising campaign next to Naomi Campbell. The face of the Italian supermodel is seen all over the world, and the name of Eva Riccobono becomes famous worldwide, reaching the years of the photographer Bruce Weber, who decide to portrait her in some shoots for the 2003 edition of the Pirelli Calendar.

Eva Riccobono was the first Italian top model of “new generation” to appear in that calendar, following the steps of many Italian beauties, like Monica Bellucci for example.

Her international fame allows Eva Riccobono to model on the most famous catwalks of Paris, London, Madrid and New York as well as Milan, of course, dressed by the most renowned designers. From Valentino to Fausto Sarli, from Chanel to Emanuel Ungaro, the Italian supermodel becomes the favorite of many international fashion houses, her icy beauty and professionalism being appreciated all over the globe.

Along with shows and success came articles and cover stories dedicated to the Italian top model by the most renowned fashion magazines. Elle, Vogue, Flair, L’Officiel, Numéro or GQ and Max are just a few of the innumerable magazines in which Eva has appeared, immortalized by the most important photographers of the world: Mario Testino, Steven Meisel, Gilles Bensimon or Paolo Roversi. Alan Gelati was the author of the cover of Playboy Italia in May 2009, and the same year Annie Leibovitz portrayed her for the Lavazza calendar. The American photographer choose only Italian supermodels to represent the famous Italian brand, and Eva Riccobono was the protagonist of the cover, portrayed in an empty and magic Piazza San Marco in Venice.

2009 marked an important year for the Italian fashion model. Besides the calendar and the almost- naked poses for Playboy, she came out with a single, “Labbra”, born from the collaboration with her boyfriend Matteo Ceccarini, an Italian deejay. The song launched Eva Riccobono in the world of music, and she was immediately compared to another Italian supermodel who had come before her in along that same path: Carla Bruni. The soft voice and the bohemienne rhymes directly inspired by the Seventies’ French style certainly unite the two Italian top models-become-singers.

Music is not the only field the Italian supermodel has “invaded” with her beautiful eyes and her gift of the gab. In fact, she has worked for the Italian TV, side by side to the Italian frontman Fiorello, and even acted as co-protagonist in the movie “Grande, grosso e verdone” by the Italian director and actor Carlo Verdone, who choose Eva Riccobono to play the role of a naive and elegant French girl.

From runways to the red carpet, with her single as accompaniment, and socially engaged in a campaign against anorexia. This is the career of a young and beautiful Italian supermodel, which humbly recognizes that she has to improve and clench her talents. Even if she is already a worldwide famous Italian fashion model, Eva Riccobono has still much potential to show, and she is ready to do it in every possible occasion and sector. An emerging star, this is what she actually is.

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