Sophia Loren At The Miss Italy Contest (1950)

In 1950, 15-year-old Sophia Loren (born Sofia Villani Scicolone) competed for the Miss Italy title in her native Rome. Entered under the name Sophia Lazzaro, the local starlet missed the top gong but did scoop the Miss Elegance’ prize, a title created especially for her.

Anna Maria Bugliari was crowned overall winner. Like Loren, Bugliari would become an actress, appearing in four films between 1951 and 1953.

Sophia Loren Miss Italy

Sophia Loren as a contestant in the ‘Miss Italy’ Contest. She entered under the name Sophia Lazzaro and came away with the ‘Miss Elegance’ prize – 1950

Sophia Loren Miss Italy 1950

Sophia Loren Miss Italy 1950


Sophia Loren as a contestant in the ‘Miss Italy’ Contest. She entered under the name Sophia Lazzaro and came away with the ‘Miss Elegance’ prize – 1950

sophia loren beauty Miss Italia 1950

sophia loren beauty Miss Italia 1950

sophia loren beauty Miss Italia 1950

sophia loren beauty Miss Italia 1950

sophia loren beauty Miss Italia 1950 Miss Italy

sophia loren beauty Miss Italy 1950

Sophia Loren Miss Italy 1950

Sophia Loren as a contestant in the ‘Miss Italy’ Contest. She entered under the name Sophia Lazzaro and came away with the ‘Miss Elegance’ prize – 1950

sexy bust sophia loren beauty Miss Italia 1950

Sophia Loren at the beginning of her career – 1950s