“Bellucci was born in Città di Castello, Umbria, Italy as the only child of Brunella Briganti and Pasquale Bellucci, and she grew up in San Giustino. Bellucci began modeling at age 13 by posing for a local photo enthusiast. In 1988, Bellucci moved to one of Europe’s fashion centers, Milan, where she signed with Elite Model Management. By 1989, she was becoming prominent as a fashion model in Paris and across the Atlantic, in New York City. She posed for Dolce & Gabbana and French Elle, among others.
In that year, Bellucci made the transition to acting and began taking acting classes. The February 2001 Esquire’ s feature on Desire featured Bellucci on the cover and in an article on the five senses. In 2003, she was featured in Maxim,Men’s Health also named her one of the “100 Hottest Women of All-Time”, ranking her at No. 21. AskMen named her the number one most desirable woman in 2002.”