02 April 2009

Mariacarla Boscono, b 1980, Italy


  1. Boscono was born in Rome, Italy. She spent most of her early life travelling because of her father's work. Her parents lived in Thailand before she was born, but after her mother became pregnant they moved to Rome. She spent a couple of years in Rome until moving to Providence and then Key West. She spent her early school years in the States, but her parents thought it would be better for Boscono to study in Italy and reconnect with her Italian heritage. This did not last very long though: at 9 years old Boscono and her family moved to Africa, living in a village between Malindi and Mombasa. Boscono described her years in Africa as "the most fantastic in her life".

    Boscono was discovered at 17 during a dinner with a family friend who happened to be a photographer. The friend and Boscono's mother encouraged her to begin a modeling career, but Boscono chose to finish school first.

    During 2006's Fall Fashion Week she traded in her long dark locks for a short platinum blonde hairstyle reminiscent of Jean Seberg. Boscono is living in New York, and calls it her second home, coming second after her birthplace of Rome.

    Boscono is now the muse of maison Givenchy by Riccardo Tisci and has appeared in several campaigns for Givenchy.

    Boscono, who splits her time between New York City and Rome, has had a relationship with Vladimir Restoin Roitfeld, the son of the editor-in-chief of Vogue Paris. She is a good friend of the designer Riccardo Tisci and they usually spend time together traveling around the world. Her parents are the creators of fashion brand Saucony. She likes rock bands like Marilyn Manson, Smashing Pumpkins, Nirvana. Boscono loves vintage clothes and designers handbags and shoes.

    She is close friend with fellow models Eva Riccobono, Raquel Zimmermann, Natalia Vodianova, and Liya Kebede.

  2. Boscono is one of the few italian supermodels of the 2000's. She has appeared many times in editorials and on the cover of international magazines like: Vogue, Elle, Harper's Bazaar, L'Officiel, Numero, Marie Claire, Vanity Fair, Flair, W, Amica and many mores.
    She has worked with the gratest photographers "in the world like: Mario Testino, Steven Meisel, Peter Beard, Mert & Marcus, Annie Leibovitz to name a small number.

    During the 2000's Boscono was one of the most requested models on the international catwalks and she has walked between New York, London, Milan and Paris for every fashion top brand in the world: Armani, Balenciaga, Christian Dior, Donna Karan, Etro, Fendi, Gucci, Hermès, Issey Miyake, Jean Paul Gaultier, Karl Lagerfeld, Louis Vuitton, Missoni, Narciso Rodriguez, Oscar de la Renta, Prada, Rocco Barocco, Stella McCartney, Tommy Hilfiger, Ungaro, Valentino, Yves Saint Laurent, Zac Posen and many mores.
    In 2005 she walked in more than 70 fashion shows only in three weeks between New York, Milan and Paris.

    Boscono has also appeared in international adv campaigns for the likes of: Calvin Klein, Alberta Ferretti, Chanel, Blumarine, John Galliano, Versace, Hermès, Roberto Cavalli, Salvatore Ferragamo, Jean Paul Gaultier, Moschino, Givenchy, Dolce & Gabbana, Gianfranco Ferrè, Marc Jacobs, Armani, Michael Kors, Valentino, Alessandro Dell'Acqua, Emanuel Ungaro, Lancetti, Etro, Yves Saint Laurent, Christian Dior, Diesel, L'Oreal, Gap and many mores.

    In 2005 she replaced Kate Moss in the H&M adv campaign after the cocaine scandal and she earned an estimated $3,500,000 in the past 12 months for a spot on Forbes list of the World's 15 Top-Earning Supermodels.

    Boscono has also appeared three times in the "Pirelli Calendar": in 2003, 2004 and 2009.