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Ode to Elegance

Ode to Elegance

Italian model and actress Stella Manente brings to life the true essence of beauty, poise and sophisticatation to celebrate the global love for Indian fashion and culture. She has her heart in the right place and considers the world to be her oyster. Her aesthetic sensibilities transcend geographical boundaries to highlight her love for the country, in the most beautiful way. 

In an exclusive interview, Stella shares her journey, idea of beauty, future plans, and more. Edited excerpts...

How and when did you get started in the modelling and acting industry? 

It all started for fun as the world of modelling and acting always allured me. One day the director of “Miss Italy” pageant visited our family shoe store and introduced himself. I was 17 years old and he asked me if I wanted to participate in a model hunt. What started out as fun, ended up in a great achievement as I won the contest and thereafter, participated in the “Miss Italy” pageant in 2009. This opened opportunities for me to pursue a career in modelling in Venice, my hometown. Eventually, one thing led to another; Milan happened, and then finally, I got a chance to showcase my talent worldwide. The journey has been immensely frantic, exciting 
and rewarding. 

The world of modelling brought me closer to television, after participating in numerous advertising campaigns and commercials. As a result, I took the next step of my career and decided to enroll at one of the oldest acting schools in Italy. I fell in love with the theater and attended the academy for three years to become an actress. Craft excellence is a never ending journey and I would love to be an inspiration to younger models who aspire to become actresses.

Shivpriya Bajpai

Shivpriya Bajpai is the Assistant Editor at L’Officiel India. She loves to hoard sneakers and can intrigue you with her perpetually curious mind.