Monica Bellucci says working with Dolce & Gabbana is like "having fun with her friends".
The Italian actress is the face of the fashion house and has been working with it for over 20 years. She loves the role because it doesn't seem like a job as it is so relaxed, partly because she feels such a close bond with the designers Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana.
"It's amazing. It's a faithful Italian story of love and friendship: the important things in life. I started with them and we've stuck together after all these years," she said, when Stylist magazine asked what working with the label is like. "When we do photo shoots, it's not work; it's like having fun with my friends creating beautiful pictures together. As Mediterraneans we have the same ideal of beauty. If I was French I'd say the ideal is Brigitte Bardot or Catherine Deneuve, but I'm Italian so grew up with actresses like Gina Lollobrigida and Sophia Loren, so they're our ideal of beauty."
Monica is proud that Italians are synonymous with fashion and style. While other countries have chic women, she thinks there is something extra special about the ladies from her homeland.
For the 48-year-old star, Italy's love of relaxed glamour is vital.
"In Milan the women are really into fashion and all the big fashion brands are based there, but I don't think they feel pressure to look good all the time. Italian women take care of themselves; they have a special relationship with beauty and in Milan it's even more exaggerated. The style there is more elegant and conservative compared to Rome," she explained.
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