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.
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.