Raffaella Modugno is an Italian model who was crowned Miss Curve d’Italia Lazio 2011 (“Miss Curvy Lazio 2011”). She was the cover model of the German Maxim (2012) and Indian GQ (2013), and modeled for brands such as Dolce & Gabbana, Roberto Coin and Prada. In the end of 2013 she played a main role in the video for the song “Timber” by Pitbull.
In 2011 and 2012, she appeared in two Italian TV series: Qualunquemente and Teresa Manganiello, respectively. In 2014 she was named among the “25 Most Beautiful Women in the world” by the Italian webmagazine “BE! Magazine”.
Modugno was born on 3 March 1988 in Ariano Irpino, Province of Avellino, Italy, to Joseph e Julia Modugno. She has a twin sister, Rosanna, and a brother, Vincent. As a teenager she was a basketball player, sport which she dedicated professionally 13 years of her life.
At 12 she started watching the Miss Italia contest with major interest.
Raffaella Modugno started her career in beauty pageantry in 2007, when she competed for the first time in the Miss Italia contest. In the finals she was classified among the top 15 semifinalists. In between this and the next contest she would participate, she kept modeling for several brands.
In August 2011 she went for the Miss Curve d’Italia Elena Mirò Lazio 2011 (Miss Curvy Italy) and won it. The contest, promoted by the organization of Miss Italia, is intended for curvier candidates. Later in the same month she was again a candidate for the pageant Miss Italia 2011, but, even though she was one of the favourites to the crown, she was banned from the competition by the judicial department of the contest due to some sensual photos in lingerie she had taken while modeling. Against her, the Article 8 of the competition guidelines: «Nude poses and semi-nudity with strong emphasis on the provocative element.» Following the decision, a press release from the organization was made public and it stated:
- «Raffaella Modugno, Miss Curve d’Italia Elena Mirò Lazio 2011, was excluded from the Miss Italia 2011 contest due to some photos published on the internet. The legal department of Miss Italia and its director Patrizia Mirigliani have taken this decision after having examined—following numerous indications—photo shootings on the network showing ‘poses of nudity and others of semi-nudity with strong emphasis on the provocative element’.»
Besides her, two other contestants—Alice Bellotto and Tiziana Piergianni—were also eliminated for the same reasons.