Interview: Cover Girl Maria Rita Chiara Pantaleoni (Italy)
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Can you tell us a little about you?
I was born 24 years ago in Italy in a little medieval town called Orte, I am a a Doctor in Italian Litterature, and at the moment I am doing a Master in Modern Filology.
I like writing and more than two years ago I published a book titled “Sospesa”, it’s a a story about a young girl and the problems of everyday life in this era. Writing and reading is my great passion, but I also played piano for ten years and I used to study classical dance for many years.
Modelling is something that I do for passion, I did some editorials for magazines, advertising for different italian brands like Jewelry, nails, dresses and shoes, and beauty products. Is my way to get some money, but I never thought to go out of Italy as I really love the place were I live.
How did you start modeling?
I was 16, and they asked me to catwalk for some wedding dresses. After that an agency asked me to become a model for them, and this was my beginning as a fashion model.
What do you think of the work as a model?
I think is a work that you can do if you are lucky and you fit the right size. Of course beauty is important, but I am not the model that try everything to become famous. I love photography, so for me is more important to work with serious professionists and have beautiful images… maybe to show in the future to my grandcildren when I will be old.
What is your beauty regimen?
Maybe you don’t trust on me but I eat everything! I love pasta and pizza, I never got into a diet and my friend photographer Gabriele Rigon always say’s that I cost more for the food that for every other thing!
What are your personal qualities which distinguish you from others?
I don’t know, Gabriele Rigon told me that I have perfect forms to wear everyting, I am 1,76 and 38 size, but Gabriele say’s that the difference with other models is my way to pose, to be elegant and natural in front of the camera, a blondy cleaned face, blue eyes, and no make up.
With Gabriele we did many fashion works, whith him I feel safe and I have a special feeling, sometimes we shoot just for the pleasure to get beautiful photos, natural portraits without make up or styiling, and Gabriele just dedicated to me a book calle YOU, a series of portraits taken in differen situations since I met Gabriele, more than one year ago now.
What are your plans for the future?
First of all finish my exams in Modern Filology and after getting married with my boyfriend Pierpaolo. As for my carreer as a model, I will continue to work, and we have an “open photographic project” with my friend Gabriele, but I can’t tell you anything!!!
What are some of your favorite experiences so far?
I like traveling a lot, so, everytime is possible, togethr with my boyfriend we visit all the most important cities and museums in Italy. Everytime I am in a city that I never visited before I get crazy and I try to see as much as I can… I feel so excited when I visit Art Museums that this is every time a fantastic experience.
Do you have any advice for those who want to start modeling?
You know what… beauty is not forever, so I suggest do not concentrate only in this strange work. First of all a model should continue to study and think about a serious work the future, in this way you can appreciate every thing can offer for you the work of a Model.
What do you think of the magazine?
I didn’t know it, I am quite proud to have some of my photos and interview in you magazine! I like it, and is a perfect way to put together works of Models and Photographers.