Sophia Loren. The iconic Italian actress put models 50 years younger to shame when she arrived at the launch of Pirelli's annual calendar on Tuesday night in Rio de Janeiro.This is what 78 looks like...if you're
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Dressed in a low-cut sparkling, crystal-white gown that hugged her
waistline, and boldly displayed her famously age-defying curves, she
proved that beauty isn't wasted on the young.
Joined by models in their '20s like Karlie Kloss and Isabeli Fontana, the 78-year-old, held court at the event celebrating 40 years of the iconic publication.
The Pirelli calendar, sponsored by the Italian tire company, is an
annual flipbook of some of the world's most stunning women. For the past
40 years it has featured everyone from Heidi Klum to Kate Moss posing
in the outfits they were born to wear--that is to say practically
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In 2007, at the age of 72, Loren was one of five actresses (including
Penelope Cruz and Naomi Watts) to appear in the racy European calendar.
Back then she posed for photographer Inez van Lamsweerde with tousled
bedroom hair in a black bra, looking no different than she did during
her early '60s breakout moment as cinema's leading sex symbol.
Loren in 2007's Pirelli calendar. (courtesy of Pirelli)
This year's photographer, Steve McCurry, actually covered up his models for the shoot, which included Sonia Braga, Petra Nemcova, and a very pregnant Adriana Lima.
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Posing with actors Owen Wilson, Stephen Dorff, and Afef Jnifen, all eyes were on Loren, who seems to counter everything we know about aging.Her secrets? "I go to bed very early and wake up at 5 in the morning and have coffee and exercise and do things in the house when it's quiet," she told People Magazine back in 1991.
In the age of surgical reinventions, you'd imagine there's more to her preservation than just early rising. But in 2009, she told the magazine she's never had plastic surgery. "I don't believe in having work done, because then everybody looks the same."
She also famously believes in the power of pasta. "Everything you see here I owe to spaghetti," she once famously said of her flawless figure. Forget the stem-cell creams, the frown line injections and the juice detoxes: I'll have what she's having.