Sophia Loren, The Woman Who Proves Beauty is Timeless

Italian actress Sophia Loren reclining in a toweling bathrobe, circa 1960. (Photo by Silver Screen Collection/Getty Images)

At age 89, Oscar winner, Sophia Loren remains the epitome of la Dolce Vita and glamour. Although recognized as one of the most beautiful woman in the world, the Italian Icon is equivalently known as the woman who dared to challenge traditional conventions of beauty in the 1950’s. 

Born in Rome on September 20, 1934, Sophia Loren never stopped imagining a life of stardom through her hardships. From the town of Pizzouli, widely characterized as poverty stricken and squalid, would rise one of the world’s most iconic movie stars. Most empowering is that even after 100 films, decades in the spotlight, and multiple highly acclaimed awards, the Italian Icon has always been recognized as staying true to herself and humble to her Italian roots.

Like many other aspiring actresses, Sophia spent much of her early career dabbling with smaller acting and modeling roles. It wasn’t until a leading role in The Gold of Naples (1954) that Loren established herself as one of the up-and-coming stars of Italian cinema. The Italian icon built a tenacious career, starring in major Hollywood films and Italian productions.

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Sophia Loren’s beauty never undermined her undoubtable talent. The actress won Best Actress Academy Award for the film Two Women in 1961 and an Academy Honorary Award in 1991. Not only was she madly adored for her light hearted attitude and confidence, but she proved inspirational on paper as well, becoming the first female ever to win the Academy Award for a non-English film.

Since her introduction to acting in the 50’s, Sophia Loren has been a model for Italian allure and beauty. She was a full busted, hippy, beauty. However, when she first set off to become an actress at age 15, she looked different from other stars. The model shares that on many occasions, she was told she had a “nose too long and lips too wide,” and was suggested to change her appearance for a better chance at making it in the sometimes, stereotypical Hollywood. However, the actress remained confident and true to herself. She not only fiercely refused to change herself for others, but did so in a way that had Hollywood fumbling with a new ideal femme, one whose body is too powerful, too natural, and too invulnerable to change. The world soon fell in love with her individuality and grace.

Throughout her formidable career, Sophia Loren has powerfully instilled the importance of confidence over beauty to her fans.

Nothing makes a woman more beautiful, than the belief that she is beautiful.

On top of being named one of world’s most iconic movie stars and beautiful woman, Sophia also proves passionate about activism. She was appointed as a Goodwill Ambassador of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees in 1992, where she brought global attention to refugee crises. She has also served as an impressive mother, author, and lover of life.

Still stunning as usual, the beauty symbol shares her secret to timeless beauty…

There is a fountain of youth: it is your mind, your talents, the creativity you bring to your life and the lives of the people you love. When you learn to tap this source, you will truly have defeated age.

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At age 72, Sophia Loren’s practically nude photoshoot for the annual Pirelli Calendar in 2007, proves that beauty and confidence know no bounds! Similarly her empowering sense of self assurance, style, and grace, has made Sophia herself, truly timeless and her influence on the acting industry eternal.

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Feature Image: Italian actress Sophia Loren reclining in a toweling bathrobe, circa 1960. (Photo by Silver Screen Collection/Getty Images)

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