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Sultry & Seductive: 7 Italian Femme Fatales

Italian women are a treat for the eyes. They embody irrefutable beauty and are known as some of the most desired women on the planet. Not only have Italian women charmed the world with fiery allure and ultra feminine grace, they are figures with immense talent who have achieved great success. Here is a collection of 7 Italian femme fatales that are sure to make your head spin:

Sophia Loren

Known as one of Italy’s most iconic movie stars during the Golden Era of Hollywood, Sophia Loren’s sultry yet effortless glamor captured the hearts of audiences around the world. Her name spurs nostalgia as Old Hollywood's seductive, feminine, and classic beauty. She is a natural talent who made history in 1961 as the first performer to win an Academy Award for a foreign-language role. Dubbed the “Italian Marilyn Monroe”, Sophia still continues to shine and captivate the world with her enduring beauty and strength.

Alessandra Mastronardi

Alessandra Mastronardi is an Italian actress who is equal parts funny, thoughtful, beautiful, and intelligent. She is best known for her roles in the Woody Allen film To Rome with Love and Netflix series Master of None. For her work with Aziz Ansari on Master of None she earned a nomination for the Critics' Choice Television Award for Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series. The petite Italian actress, born in Naples and raised in Rome, is the gorgeous face of one of Bulgari’s fragrances and an ambassador for Chanel. 

Olivia Culpo

Olivia Culpo landed a spot on Maxim’s 2019 Hot 100 list as the magazine’s pick for the sexiest woman in the world. In 2012, Culpo entered her first beauty pageant and was named Miss Rhode Island and went on to win the Miss USA pageant. In the same year, she was crowned Miss Universe at the 61st Annual Pageant in Las Vegas as the first American to win the title since 1997. Culpo has earned the title of a style icon. After gaining a significant following on Twitter, Instagram and YouTube she became a social media personality and has been featured in the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue.

Alexandra Daddario

Alexandra Daddario had recurring roles on All My Children and White Collar but it was her part in 2010's Percy Jackson & Olympians: The Lightning Thief that put her on the map. In 2021, she had a recurring role in The Girlfriend Experience Season 3 and was one of the lead cast members on season one of the Emmy award-winning series The White Lotus. Daddario's striking looks and piercing blue eyes make her one of the most beautiful actresses who captivates audiences across many genres and fan bases.

Elisabetta Canalis

Elisabetta Canalis is a brunette beauty known as a model and has made numerous appearances in Italian and American media. She has appeared on the cover of Vanity Fair three times and worked with major international brands such as Pantene and Roberto Cavalli. This Italian star is now world-renowned for both her skill on screen and her beautiful style. Canalis is best known by American audiences for dating Hollywood heartthrob George Clooney.

Matilda De Angelis

Matilda De Angelis is a rising star that is stunning, perfectly imperfect and charismatic. Born in 1995 in Bologna, the actor made her international breakthrough in Susanne Bier’s “The Undoing,” alongside Nicole Kidman and Hugh Grant. She is the lead in the Netflix series of The Law According to Lidia Poët where she plays the titular character and has made an impression on fans. Before acting career took off, Matilda sang in the band Rumba de Bodas and is a talented musician who plays the guitar and violin.

Monica Bellucci

Monica Bellucci is the Italian bombshell who has seduced audiences with her cheekbones, smoldering smokey gaze, and dark, glossy mane. She started her career as a model and moved into the acting space, starring in films like The Passion of Christ and Spectre. Bellucci also has the coveted title of the oldest Bond girl in history at age 50. Bellucci, who was born in Umbria and briefly studied law, was once married to French actor Vincent Cassel, which lasted from 1999 to 2013.

Arianna DiCicco

Arianna DiCicco is an educator and writer from California, born into an Italian American restaurant family with strong ties to her grandparents’ home in Abruzzo, Italy. She has lived in San Francisco, Rome and New York City where she’s made deep connections within the Italian communities and gained new perspectives about her own culture. With a Masters in International Education, Arianna has a love and passion for learning and educating others about Italian history & culture.