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The Influence of Sophia Loren on Your Style Today

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GUNAS New York

A lot of today’s current and most infamous trends exist because of Sophia Loren.

Gorgeous, voluptuous, elegant, and sexy beyond reason—Sophia Loren turned 82 this September, and you’d think that might mark the expiration date on bombshell status. Posh. Not for Sophia. A mere ten years ago she posed in lingerie for the Pirelli calendar. Yeah, you read that right. In lingerie. At 72.

Obviously, she’s not much for the square peg in a round hole idea. Instead, she’s built a sixty-something year career on the maxim that “Style must be adapted to the woman and not vice versa.” So adapt style she did. The cat eye look invented by the Ancient Egyptians was iconized by Sophia in the ’50s. In fact, we’re still talking about her trick of extending false eyelashes out beyond the edge of the upper lid. The wide-brimmed hat and a pair of oversized sunglasses—Sophia in the ’60s. Big hair—the ’70s. Oversized eyewear—’80s.


Sophia Loren - 1960s

Sophia Loren – 1960s


She’s been an inspiration to many an actress, from Whoopi Goldberg to Sophia Vergara to Eva Mendes to Penelope Cruz. Her beauty alone is enough to make us all insanely jealous, yet she’s quick to note she’s not an object of perfection. “Sex appeal is fifty percent what you’ve got and fifty percent what people think you’ve got.”

Wow. One of the most photographed women in the world claims it’s about attitude. Well, she should know. She was daring a bit of cleavage when the rest of Italy thought divorce was bad for your health.


Sophia Loren - 1970s

Sophia Loren – 1970s



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Sharon Roe wants to live in a world where words have colors, everyone lives in a cabin on the beach, and street musicians play on every corner. As a writer, her work has covered everything from artist profiles to diminishing aquifers. As acquiring editor for a romance publisher, she assists novelists in refining their vision and making their worlds come true. She’s proud to say she actually does use her degree in English Literature in real life. When she’s not mucking about in steamy romance syntax and structure, you can find her spending time with her family, playing the Irish drum, and working on her latest project—Beauty Secrets— a young adult novel about the true meaning of beauty and how to find it.

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