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Monday, March 4, 2013 Nasty Gals In The Wild: La Dolce Vita with Natalia Bonifacci

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Italian beauty Natalia Bonifacci invited us over to her sun-drenched L.A. pad to play dress up (and down) in our Spring ’13 Collection. Between shots, we chatted with our multi-hyphenate muse about her new home base, how she got into modeling, what inspires her impeccable style and the countless other amazing projects she has up her sleeve.

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“I love living in Los Angeles, even though I’m on the road a lot. When I saw this place, I just sort of knew right away. It’s very luminous and white, and I love all of the little details. It has that Old Hollywood feeling yet is still modern. It is still a work in progress, but my friends tell me that it’s really welcoming and I like that. I feel at home here.”

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“Growing up, I never thought of modeling. I wanted to be an actress or an architect, I read a ton of books, and I drew a lot, I had a little funny clothing line when I was in middle school. I was definitely surprised and flattered when I got scouted, and I sort of kept it for myself and didn’t tell any of my friends that I was modeling at first. Now, I love my job. It’s hard work, but it’s fun and I enjoy the creative process of it. I love meeting new people and the opportunities that come with it. It made me extremely independent.”

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“Personal experiences tend to inspire me. I travel a lot and have to say goodbye often, so I like making postcards for friends. I draw them myself, something personal from the city – and they tend to have a made up quote connected to it. I usually draw on long flights, in hotel rooms and at cafés in cities where I don’t know anyone.”

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“My mom used to tell me “Bisogna prendere la palla al balzo”. It’s a way of saying you gotta catch the ball when it “rebounds”, to catch the opportunity when it presents itself. I think it represents my way of being. I might get jittery or nervous about things, but I go for opportunities when they present themselves.”

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“I am actually excited about a few trends this season because they really represent my personal style. It’s nice when trends adjust to you, rather than the other way around.”

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“To me, fashion is a creative playground, an extension of myself. Through the pieces I choose to wear, I am making a statement of my personality. It’s a way to choose my own skin.”

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“Besides modeling, there are a few new things that I am excited about. I’ve been part of some fashion short films that will be coming out soon. They allowed me to play with acting a little bit, and I really got into that, so I am starting to take acting classes. I also launched an interview series for RedMilk called A Beautiful Tandem. It’s a window into creative duos that give life to artistic original projects in the world of fashion, music, art and so on. I do it in collaboration with photographer and director Nick Walker. I love interviewing and enjoy being behind the camera. I think having been in front of it for so long has given me insight into how to make people feel at ease in a situation that can be uncomfortable for some. I have to say it is a very powerful feeling to have a completely random idea and bring it to life.”

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  1. Marta

    Oh wow, beautiful and inspiring pictures!

    http://www.martasfashiondiary.com/

    March 4, 2013 at 1:00 pm

  2. Anna

    Gorgeous photographs. Who shot this?

    March 4, 2013 at 5:31 pm

  3. Sheadorah

    What a Lovely story!

    March 5, 2013 at 12:12 am

  4. mia

    Are those new JC Solitaire Pumps???????
    Anyways, I MUST HAVE THEM!!!!!

    March 13, 2013 at 3:28 pm