Eva Riccobono

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Eva Riccobono
Eva Riccobono 2.jpg
Born (1983-02-07) February 7, 1983 (age 32)
Nationality Italian
Occupation Model, actress, presenter
Years active Model (2001–present)
Actress (2008–present)
Modeling information
Height 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
Hair color Blonde
Eye color Blue
Measurements 85-62-89 (EU); 33-24-35 (US)
Dress size 34(EU); 4 (US)
Shoe size 37 (EU); 7 (US); 4 (UK)
Manager Women Management (New York)
Elite Model Management (London
)Marilyn Agency (Paris)
Seeds Models (Berlin)[1]

Eva Riccobono (born 7 February 1983) is an Italian top model, actress and television presenter.

Early life[edit]

Riccobono was born in Palermo, Sicily, the daughter of an Italian father and a German mother.[2] She has three older sisters and a brother who died aged 19 when she was four. Riccobono began modeling in Sicily before moving to Milan at the age of 18, where she pursues her fashion career and appears in two Italian music videos. In 2002 she made her television debut after being scouted by Fiorello for his RAI show Stasera Pago Io ("Tonight I'll Pay"), which hosted many international stars such as Joe Cocker, Lenny Kravitz and Celine Dion.[3]



Eva Riccobono, Cavalli fashion show at Life Ball 2013

Before choosing her model agency, Riccobono had already worked for photographers Marco Glaviano and Bruce Weber. Once she was acquired by Women Management, she began modeling aged 19 for the fashion runways of Alberta Ferretti, Blumarine, Gianfranco Ferré e Trussardi. In 2002 she gained popularity with Dolce & Gabbana, who secured her an exclusive contract for their shows and the advertising campaign (with Naomi Campbell).[4]

Riccobono has appeared on magazine covers for Vogue, Harper's Bazaar, Elle, Twill, Cosmopolitan, L'Officiel, Vanity Fair, Max, GQ, Amica, Glamour, Grazia and Playboy.[2] She worked for many photographers such as Mario Testino, Steven Meisel, Peter Lindbergh, Miles Aldridge, Satoshi Saikusa, Annie Leibovitz, Paolo Roversi, Arthur Elgort, Txema Yeste, Gilles Bensimon, Ellen von Unwerth, Craig McDean, Peter Lindbergh, Paul Empson, Patrick Demarchelier and Bryan Adams.[5]

Her model experience includes commercials and runways for the likes of Chanel, Giorgio Armani, Hermès, Fendi, Etro, Christian Dior, Balmain, Gianfranco Ferré, Gucci, Roberto Cavalli, Ralph Lauren, Versace, Kenzo, Hugo Boss, Lanvin, Zac Posen, Yves Saint Laurent, Blumarine, Marc Jacobs, Dries Van Noten, Oscar de la Renta, Missoni, La Perla, Prada, Sonia Rykiel, Celine, Lloyd Klein, L'Oréal, Valentino and many others.[5]

In 2004 an article by Laura Asnaghi for la Repubblica reported that Riccobono and Mariacarla Boscono were the most established italian top models internationally, earning $16.000 per runway show.

Riccobono posed for the 2003 Pirelli Calendar, shot by Bruce Weber, and for Lavazza Calendar 2009, with photographs of Annie Leibovitz. She has been the face of Argentovivo campaign by Marco Glaviano, and testimonial for Swarovski in 2012. She was also engaged to present a commercial for new Sky Channel High Life TV, about luxury and lifestyle.[6]

During the 2011 Cannes Film Festival Riccobono walked for the fund-raising show Fashion for Relief, founded by friend Naomi Campbell and Franca Sozzani to benefit victims of the Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami.[7] She also closed Vivienne Westwood Spring/Summer 2012 fashion show in Paris.

In 2012 she was the face of Swarovski jewels adv campaign and tv commercial. Then in 2013 she was the face of Jacob Cohen campaign and Franca Sozzani chose Riccobono to present the Vogue Experience in Dubai.

Television and films[edit]

Riccobono debuted in television as a presenter in the 2002 program Stasera Pago Io alongside Fiorello. Seven years later, Fiorello called her for another of his show, Il Più Grande Spettacolo Dopo il Weekend ("The Greatest Show After The Weekend"). As a main broadcaster she presented in 2012 a scientific divulgation programme for Rai 2 entitled Eva.[8]

In 2004, she starred in the short film Eva, by Italian artist and filmmaker Valerio Rocco Orlando, a conceptual story shot on the Hudson River.[9] When she was famous as a model, Riccobono was hosted by television programmes on MTV, Rai 1, LA 3, and in the jury of Miss Italia 2011.[10]

Her first movie role came aged 25 in 2008 Carlo Verdone's comedy Grande, Grosso e Verdone ("Big, Large and Verdone"). In this film she portrays Blanche, the main character's dream woman.[11]

In 2012 she plays the part of a toxic prostitute in E La Chiamano Estate ("And They Call It Summer"), winner at the Rome Film Festival.[12] For her performance in Marco Ponti's Passione Sinistra ("Sinister Passion"), Riccobono in 2013 won a Golden Ciak for Best Supporting Actress and got a nomination for the Silver Ribbon.[13] In the same year she is in the movie Niente può fermarci ("Nothing Can Stop Us"), a comedy about the juvenile fears for the future. She recently shot La Vita Oscena ("The Obscene Life"), Renato De Maria's film adaptation of the homonym tale by writer Aldo Nove.[14]

Riccobono hosted the opening and closing nights of the 70th Venice International Film Festival, with Bernardo Bertolucci as president.[11]


From 2002 to 2005 Riccobono lived and studied in New York. She currently resides in London, engaged since 2004 to sound engineer and dj Matteo Ceccarini. The couple have a son, Leo, born on May 2014.

She's a good cook, likes going to the shooting range, and one of her major interests is psychiatry.[3] Riccobono is the vocalist in Labbra ("Lips"), a song recorded in bed with her partner. For this track she also filmed the music video.[15]




  • Officine Artisiche - Rome
  • Upgrade Artists - Rome (image, press, comunication)


  1. ^ Profile at Fashion Model Directory
  2. ^ a b Caprara, Fulvia (23 Sep 2009). "Intervista a Eva Riccobono". La Stampa (in Italian). Retrieved 29 Jan 2010. 
  3. ^ a b "Eva Riccobono". La Mescolanza (in Italian). 25 Jul 2002. Retrieved 30 Jul 2013. 
  4. ^ "Models and Supermodels: Eva Riccobono". Vogue Italia (in Italian). 5 Apr 2010. Retrieved 30 Jul 2013. 
  5. ^ a b "Vanity Fair: Eva Riccobono" (in Italian). 15 Jul 2013. Retrieved 30 Jul 2013. 
  6. ^ "Chimera, Patrizia (17 Jun 2008). "High Life Tv: il canale di Sky dedicato al lusso debutta con Eva Riccobono". My Luxury (in Italian). Retrieved 30 Jul 2013. 
  7. ^ Frigerio, Barbara (20 May 2011). "Fashion For Relief Japan". Vogue Italia. Retrieved 30 Jul 2013. 
  8. ^ Marighetti, Debora (16 Apr 2012). "Eva: Lo spettacolo della scienza con Eva Riccobono". TV blog (in Italian). Retrieved 30 Jul 2013. 
  9. ^ "Eva Riccobono. Eva Herzigova. Top model & giovani registi". style (in Italian). 23 Feb 2005. Retrieved 30 Jul 2013. 
  10. ^ "Miss Italia: The Jury of the finals". The Chili Cool. 18 Sep 2011. Retrieved 30 Jul 2013. 
  11. ^ a b "Eva Riccobono set to host the opening and closing nights of the 70th Venice Film Festival". La Biennale. Retrieved 30 Jul 2013. 
  12. ^ "E La Chiamano Estate". Vogue Italia. 22 Nov 2012. Retrieved 30 Jul 2013. 
  13. ^ "Ciak Oro Eva Riccobono". Vogue Italia. 6 Jun 2013. Retrieved 30 Jul 2013. 
  14. ^ Spagnoli, Marco (10 Jun 2013). "La Vita Oscena per Eva Riccobono". primissima (in Italian). Retrieved 30 Jul 2013. 
  15. ^ "Eva Riccobono: un album con Matteo Ceccarini". stylosophy (in Italian). 16 Sep 2009. Retrieved 30 Jul 2013. 

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