#20 – Maria Carfagna (Italy)
As mentioned earlier, Maria Carfagna is an Italian Minister for Equal Opportunity. Her title might be a little bit ironic, as not many other politicians stand a chance when comparing looks. The Italian born wasn’t always interested in politics, though. Before shifting gears and obtaining a law degree, Maria worked as a showgirl and model.
In her early years, Maria studied dance and piano – skills that, when paired with her breathtaking looks, allowed her to do quite well in the Miss Italy contest in 1997. Although she did not win the top prize, the experience opened a lot of doors for her and contributed to her popularity. Shortly after, she began working in television, where she experimented with various platforms.
Aside from her work on TV, Maria posed for several magazines, including a nude shoot for Maxim – an experience that she is reluctant to talk about. Eventually Carfagna concluded that modelling wasn’t for her (despite her coveted symmetry), and entered the political circuit as a representative for the women’s movement in the political party Forza Italia. She managed to work her way up the ranks, and was appointed as Minister for Equal Opportunity in 2008 – a position that she holds to this day.