Wonder Women: Monica Bellucci

Monica Bellucci, model and actress, was born in Città di Castello, Italy and began her modeling career at age sixteen. As a young girl, you could sense the woman who would become a world famous star. Her one-of-a-kind beauty captured the eyes of the greatest fashion photographers ­– including Helmut Newton, Peter Lindbergh, Bruce Weber and Richard Avedon – and they turned her into an international icon.

Soon the world of cinema came calling, and she became a new symbol of Italian cinema. She speaks four languages, and has appeared in over 60 films, including Bram Stoker’s Dracula, Malena, Irreversible, and The Matrix series. Never missing a beat, at the glamorous age of fifty she will become the oldest Bond girl in the franchise’s history, proving that women don’t just get older, they get better with age.

Monica lives in Paris. She has two daughters, Deva and Leonie. She is living proof that glamour and beauty don’t age, and that women can be as cheeky and effervescent as girls, having recently been quoted as saying “Don’t call me a Bond girl, I’m a Bond lady. I’m proud to be a Bond lady, because actually, Bond is the most amazing man. You know why? Because he doesn't exist.”