With the arrival of the 21st century, a young Italian woman conquered the world of fashion and became one of the most sought-after top models. Of atypical beauty, her peculiar style has made her a place in a very competitive world and has led her to star in important campaigns, parade for the best designers and be portrayed by the best photographers for editorials and covers of the most prestigious magazines.
This mannequin with black hair, deep gaze and slim body, was born on September 20, 1980 in the Italian city of Rome, into a family linked to the publishing world and fashion. This did not last long: at age 9 Boscono and her family moved to Africa, living in a village between Malindi and Mombasa. Boscono describes her years in Africa as “the most fantastic of her life.” Her childhood was spent between the United States, Kenya and Italy. She starts her career at 17, when a family friend convinces her to take some pictures of her to promote her.
The photographer Catallini, a regular collaborator of the Italian director Federico Fellini, was a close friend of her parents. One day, invited to dinner at the family home and surprised by Mariacarla’s beauty, he proposed to the young Italian woman to have a future as a model. Mariacarla, surprised, had never considered herself a beautiful woman, she did not even consider herself a cheerful woman when it came to dressing, almost always in black as she herself confesses, but encouraged by her mother, she allowed Catallini to photograph her and later send her photos to various modeling agencies.
Her friend and Boscono’s mother encouraged her to start her career, but Boscono chose to finish school first. Shortly after graduating from high school, Maricarla debuted in 1999 by walking at Paris Fashion Week for brands like Issey Miyake, Paul Smith, and Vivienne Westwood. That same year she was hired by the DNA Model agency in New York and became the image of Bvlgari, Cavalli and Karl Lagerfeld. She also signs with DNA Model Management Milan under the guidance of Riccardo Gay and, thanks to the instinct of the famous manager Piero Piazzi, who will guide her career, she signs for the Viva Model Management agencies in Paris and for Women Management. What soon paid off for her and she became an image for the Roberto Cavalli firm. Later, he has starred in important campaigns for prominent brands such as Armani Exchange, Marc Jacobs, Paul & Joe, Chanel, Blumarine, D & G, Etro, Givenchy, Yves Saint Laurent, Jean-Paul Gaultier, Alessandro Dell’Acqua, Escada , Marc Jacobs, DKNY, Diesel, Roberto Cavalli, Alberta Ferretti and many more.
In 2005, she replaced Kate Moss as the image of the Stella McCartney collection for H&M and became the image and absolute muse of Givenchy at the hands of the creative Riccardo Ticsi, whom she met in London during her last year at the prestigious Central Design Academy Saint Martins, where he paraded for his graduation and, later, helped him to materialize the parade that would change his trajectory and would mean his accession to the Givenchy throne.
In 2006, Mariacarla Boscono suffered a crisis after suffering health problems related to fatigue and eating disorders, so she decided to take a sabbatical year in which she dedicated herself to taking theater classes. She made her stage debut as Solange in Jean Genet’s “The Maids” from the Lee Strassberg Theater Institute in New York. At the end of 2007 she was back and stronger than ever, taking the credit of being the model with the most campaigns of the autumn-winter 2008 season, and has also been photographed for the legendary Pirelli Calendar by Bruce Webber (2003), KnickKnight (2004) and Peter Beard (2009) and he has even made a short film in which he shares the limelight with the French actor Jérémie Renier.
In addition to possessing a unique beauty, Mariacarla has style, vision and understanding of the photographic creative process. She has exceptional taste and above all, she is bold and not afraid to go one step further. Boscono is a fixed face on the covers of Vogue, W, Bazaar, Madame Figaro, Grazia, Dazed & Confused, Glamor, Numero, Flair, Muse, Love, I-D or Wallpaper among others.
Regarding her personal life, Mariacarla Boscono maintained a relationship with Vladimir Restoin Roitfeld, son of the editor of Vogue Paris, Carine Roitfeld and in 2012 she married the Italian businessman Andrea Patti and gives birth to her first daughter, Marialucas. She and her until recently she was in a relationship with the Italian rapper Ghali.
Today, with a career of more than 20 years behind her, she is far from retiring from it while maintaining her role as iconic muse of fashion.