Her ebony locks, sky-blue eyes and luscious mouth have captivated the fashion world. And there's more to Bianca Balti than meets the eye. Underneath her buxom figure lies a steely determination. Born near Milan on 19 March 1984, this gorgeous Italian faced rejection from several agencies before achieving her ultimate dream: to become a model.

Spotted in a supermarket by Bruno Paulette, Director of Brave Models, a modelling agency based in Milan, the charming beauty soon graced the covers of several glossy publications, including L'Officiel. Offers to appear in ready-to-wear shows quickly followed and by Spring 2005, Bianca walked on the coveted runways of Marc Jacobs, Prada and Victoria's Secret. But the campaign that propelled the top model to the spotlight was undoubtedly the colourful 2011 Dolce & Gabbana spread with Monica Belluci. Shortly after the Italian photo shoot, she was chosen to represent the Kaléidoscope perfume by Karl Lagerfeld in August 2011. Three months later, Bianca became the face of L'Oréal.

In addition to strutting the prestigious catwalks of Chanel, Dior and Marc Jacobs, the popular model has succumbed to the siren song of the big-screen, acting alongside Willem Dafoe and Asia Argento in Abel Ferrara's film, Go Go Tales (2007). Off-screen, Bianca Balti volunteers as a representative of SOS Children's Villages.

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Bianca Balti rocks the red carpet at the screening of 'Lawless' during the 65th International Cannes Film Festival in Cannes, France on 19 May 2012.
Model Bianca Balti opts for a stern yet becoming low chignon with a middle parting on the red carpet of the 2012 Cannes Film Festival.
 Bianca Balti decided to wear her pony-tail low with a quiff at the front when she walked up the famous steps at the 65th Cannes Film Festival, on 19 May 2012.
Bianca Balti looks every bit the Italian goddess with vibrant lips.
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 Bianca Balti poses in Rome on 6 July at the opening of the exhibition which has been dedicated to her.
Bianca Balti is a striking femme fatale on the cover of the August 2012 issue of Vogue Brazil.
 Bianca Balti looked stunning at the photocall for Abel Ferrara's film in Rome in June 2008.
 Model and L'Oréal Paris ambassador Bianca Balti wore a black gown to show off her great ombre hairstyle at amfAR's 20th Annual Cinema Against AIDS gala during The 66th Annual Cannes Film Festival on 23 May 2013.
 Model and L'Oréal Paris ambassador Bianca Balti wore a black gown to show off her great ombre hairstyle at amfAR's 20th Annual Cinema Against AIDS gala during The 66th Annual Cannes Film Festival on 23 May 2013.
Bianca Balti looked stunning on arrival to the 20th Annual amfAR Cinema Against AIDS Gala during the Cannes Film Festival on 23 May 2013. The gala has raised 80 million dollars for AIDS research since beginning.
Bianca Balti smiled during the amfAR gala held during the Cannes International Film Festival on 23 May 2013.
Bianca Balti walked the red carpet at the Cannes International Film Festival on 24 May 2013.
 Brazilian model Tais Araujo attended the Premiere of 'The Immigrant' at The 66th Annual Cannes Film Festival at Palais des Festivals on 24 May 2013 in Cannes, France.
 Bianca Balti arrived in style for the Immigrant screening held at the Palais Des Festivals in Cannes, France on 24 May 2013, as part of the 66th Cannes Film Festival.
Bianca Balti wore a sparkly silver manicure to the screening of  The Immigrant  during the 66th Cannes Film Festival on 24 May 2013.
Italian model Bianca Balti went for a red and black dress and a matching beauty look at the Cannes International Film Festival on 25 May 2013.
 A must to enhance your blue eyes: the cat eye makeup! Do like Bianca Balti: trace a large stroke of eyeliner and stretch it out of your eye corner
Bianca Balti for ELLE Croatia on May 2011.
Gather your hair up into a ponytail and brush it through. Spray generously with Elnett as this will help add extra texture to your hair. Secure with a hair elastic.
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 Bianca Balti's cat eye at the Cannes International Film Festival on 25 May 2013.
Bianca Balta poses at the amfAR Gala on 22 May 2014 in Cannes, France
Bianca Balti at the premiere of  The Clouds of Sils Maria  during the 67th Cannes Film Festival, May 23, 2014
Bianca Balti oozes elegance with dark brown locks