Monica Anna Maria Bellucci, born September 30, 1964, is an Italian actress and fashion model.
Monica Bellucci began modeling at age 13 by posing for a local photo enthusiast.
Bellucci‘s film career began in the early 1990s. She played some minor roles in La Riffa (1991) and Bram Stoker’s Dracula (1992). In 1996 she was nominated for a César Award for best supporting actress for her portrayal of Lisa in L’Appartement and strengthened her position as an actress. She became known and popular with worldwide audiences, following her roles in Malèna (2000), Brotherhood of the Wolf, and Irréversible (2002). She has since played in many films from Europe and Hollywood like Tears of the Sun (2003), The Matrix Reloaded (2003), The Passion of the Christ (2004), The Brothers Grimm (2005), Le Deuxième souffle (2007), Don’t Look Back (2009), and The Sorcerer’s Apprentice (2010).
In 2004, while pregnant with her daughter Deva, Bellucci posed nude for the Italian Vanity Fair Magazine in protest against Italian laws that prevent the use of donor sperm. She posed pregnant and semi-nude again for the magazine’s April 2010 issue.
Men’s Health named her one of the “100 Hottest Women of All-Time”, ranking her at No. 21. AskMen named her the number one most desirable woman in 2002. Bellucci‘s modelling career is managed by Elite+ in New York City. She is considered an Italian sex symbol. From 2006 to 2010 she was also the face of Dior‘s Rouge lipstick and Hypnotic Poison perfume. Bellucci is signed to D’management group in Milan and also to Storm Model Management in London.