This beauty is in a class of her own.
In her younger years, screen siren Sophia Loren could put today’s so-called crop of sexy celebrities to shame, including Maxim magazine’s top 10 sexiest women this year: Lindsay Lohan, Jessica Alba, Scarlett Johansson, Christina Aguilera, Jessica Biel, Ali Larter, Eva Mendes, Rihanna, Eva Longoria and Fergie.
Sophia Loren at 19.
But still Ms. Loren does not owe her success to her legendary beauty and curves. In a press conference in Rome, she says determination and stubbornness were the key ingredients that made her a star.
“It is not easy to become a star,” the still glamorous 72-year-old Ms. Loren says. “You have to have a very determined character. You have to work and to do so much.
“You really have to be stubborn; to know what you want and to think about it every day, every hour of the day: ‘I want to be a star.’”
Loren, dressed immaculately in a leopard-printed pantsuit, sparked pandemonium among the 30 assembled photographers when she appeared at a press conference ahead of the launch of the inaugural Italian Australian Film Festival.
The elegant grandmother-of-two said a film career demanded sacrifices such as spending time away from your family.
“But if this is what you want, you have to be passionate otherwise you will never reach anything. Because it’s a very hard road to go on,” she said.
“But when you get there, it’s the most beautiful thing in the world.”