Italian model Mariacarla Boscono has long shone as one of fashion’s brightest stars. A list of her professional achievements would run to encyclopedic length: over the course of her almost 20 year career she has booked nearly every top show, magazine, and campaign, while working with legendary photographers including Steven Meisel and Helmut Newton.
Yet whether she is walking for Prada, posing for Vogue Italia, or fronting her latest Givenchy campaign, Mariacarla is always distinctively herself. In this Mariacarla is the epitome of model as muse: able to embody the visions of a diverse spectrum of creative minds, while inspiring them to new heights with her own unique beauty, charisma, and character. It’s this quality, along with her vivid passion for her work, that keeps Mariacarla’s clients famously loyal season after season. The fashion industry loves to throw around the word “icon”, but in Mariacarla’s case it might be the only description that truly does her justice.
I am who I am. You get what you see. That’s why I’ve been a successful model, and will probably be around even 20 years from now. I put so much passion into what I do. I am still working these days, and I’m still very excited about what I’m doing. The day I lose this kind of excitement I’m just going to leave. I don’t want to make anyone miserable just because I am.
When I was 15, I couldn’t leave Rome, so I was doing a lot of showrooms for Karl Lagerfeld and Valentino. At the time, I didn’t even know who Karl Lagerfeld was; I was just a kid. I wanted to do a little bit of modeling and have a little freedom from school.
When I arrive on a job, I’m like a blank sheet of paper, and I want to be a blank sheet of paper and to have the artist who is going to be shooting me, to paint me, to paint over me the personage he is thinking about. And that’s what is inspiring to me, to have that type of freedom.
I don’t live the type of life where people are going to go around and scream my name. I choose not to. You will never see me on a red carpet, or at those big parties, because I just don’t really care about them. I just want to do my job. And when I get recognized on the street or somewhere else, I always get red. You know, the loudest people are always the shyest ones.
(from “Love” magazine)
“I don’t like to be overexposed. I’m around a lot, but I share only a little.”