Skip Nav
Beauty News
10 Influencers Just Designed New MAC Lipsticks — and They're Not What You'd Expect
MAC Cosmetics
Beauty Influencers Reveal the 7 Products From MAC That Everyone Should Own
Spring Beauty
These Spring Makeup Items Will Make You Feel Peachy-Keen

Bella Donna: Isabella Rossellini

Born in 1952 to the Swedish actress Ingrid Bergman and Italian director Roberto Rossellini, it seems only natural for Isabella Fiorella Elettra Giovanna Rossellini to be equally legendary herself. She arrived in New York at the age of 19 holding a variety of jobs from translator to television reporter before her first movie role in 1976, alongside her mother in A Matter of Time. Finding some success and enjoyment in acting, she had her first big-screen starring role in The Meadow a few years later.

Of the many hats worn by Isabella, though, it was modeling that gave her the most recognition. First appearing at age 28 in British Vogue, it was two years later that she became the first model to sign an exclusive contract with Lancome in 1982, a role which reportedly earned her more than $2 million to date. (Her daughter Elettra Rossellini Wiedemann is also a Lancome model.)

Learn more about her role – and her dismissal – when you

.

Serving as an spokesperson and official face of the cosmetics company, Isabella was associated with the fragrance, makeup, and skin care line before until her infamous "firing" in 1996 for being "too old" to continue in her role. She was only 40. She later said:

What hurt me was that after fourteen years, with the marketing research so positive and the company selling so much, I thought that the cosmetics industry finally had the opportunity to break this taboo about women in their forties not being beautiful, that narrow idea of beauty.

It's hard not to see her point there and, sadly while things are somewhat better some 10 years later, there are still big improvements that can be made. Kudos to this Bella Donna for her intellect and her beauty.


Image

Image

Image

Image

Image

Image

Image

Image

Image

Image

Image

Image

Image

Image

Image

Image

Image

Image

Image

Image

Image

Source

Around The Web
Join The Conversation
cloroxcowgirl cloroxcowgirl 8 years
Almost every woman I know looks up to Isabella. Good for her for speaking out against age discrimination in the cosmetics industry. After all, Elizabeth Hurley was still modeling for Estee Lauder in her 40's, and Ellen Degeneres just got signed to Cover Girl at age 50! Times are changing, slowly.
helloimkaren helloimkaren 8 years
She really is gorgeous. Remember the friends episode that Isabella Rossellini was in? :)
aimeeb aimeeb 8 years
Such a legend!
aimeeb aimeeb 8 years
Such a legend!
Remembering Elizabeth Taylor: Pictures and Biography 2011-03-23 06:50:38
Jane Russell Tribute: Photos and Biography
Beauty Biography of Florence Henderson
Lena Horne Tribute
Bonnie Raitt Bio and Pics
Beauty Biography of Marlo Thomas
Biography of Nina Simone

POPSUGAR, the #1 independent media and technology company for women. Where more than 75 million women go for original, inspirational content that feeds their passions and interests.

From Our Partners
Latest Beauty
All the Latest From Ryan Reynolds