After growing up in Italy, Isabella Rossellini, the daughter of international film royalty, came to the United States when she was 19 and studied at Finch College and the New School for Social Research in New York City. Rossellini made her first movie appearance in 1976, with a small part in her mother’s film A Matter of Time. She then appeared in several European TV dramas before her first big-screen starring role in 1979’s The Meadow. Since then she made over 50 other films, including Blue Velvet, Wild at Heart, Big Night and Cousins
Now Isabella Rossellini joins Lancôme as the muse of the French house that has spread its vision of luxurious beauty worldwide. But as we all know, this is not their first collaboration, as it was in 1983 that Lancôme and the Italian-Swedish cinema icon began their journey together. We all remember her on the covers of such magazines as Vogue, Marie Claire, Harper’s Bazaar, Vanity Fair and Elle. And: ..her famous Tresòr ads….
Isabella Rossellini on set for Lancôme in 1983, the year she first joined the French House (photo Diane Walker).
More than three decades after she became its first face, then 31, still three years shy of her star-making turn in David Lynch’s Blue Velvet, Rossellini projected a fierce femininity that’s only grown more sure-footed with time. Her appointment back at the company now, at 63, promises to offer a more expansive definition of beauty, one that’s not limited by age.
I am overwhelmed with emotion to come back to Lancôme. Our collaboration meant so much to me in my life. Continuing it fills me with immense joy and great expectations. I am also well aware that this decision goes well beyond me: it’s a strong indication of Lancôme’s inclusiveness and celebration of all women
But then Rossellini has always been a rule breaker in her own right. As a young model and actress, the daughter of Italian neo-realist director Roberto Rossellini and Swedish screen siren Ingrid Bergman seemed determined to shake her legacy and make a unique mark on the industry, thanks in large part to her fearless spirit, which led her to unorthodox roles, and a sharp tongue that spoke candidly on her passion points.
If you look at most beauty advertisements, you would think that makeup is only for beautiful women in their early 20s, but older women like seeing older women in ads, and younger women do, too, because they see them and are not frightened of growing older
Modern, unique and free of constraints, for fourteen years this inspiring woman has embodied the spirit of the Lancôme woman through her values and at the age of 63, Rossellini is still infallible in reflecting the image of the intelligent, accomplished and beautiful woman.