KARL LAGER­FELD TOLD BALTI SHE HAD “A BUTT LIKE A GOD­DESS”.

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It’s claimed that per­fec­tion can only be reached via cer­tain im­per­fec­tions. Who­ever spouted such non­sense never sat across from Bianca Balti – lost in what’s a fault­less jum­ble of fine fa­cial fea­tures and slen­der, sparkling, blue eyes. They’re the same two eyes that for years have been star­ing back from var­i­ous Dolce & Gab­bana cam­paigns – her time along­side David Gandy’s Bri­tish bulge for ‘Light Blue’ in­stantly mem­o­rable. That this per­fectly pro­por­tioned Ital­ian found fash­ion – or it, her – is not the tale of a young­ster be­ing ‘dis­cov­ered’ while flip­ping through a mag­a­zine at an air­port or while talk­ing din­ers though the spe­cials of the day. No, Balti sought a way into the in­dus­try – in need of money, as she was then liv­ing in a squat, par­ty­ing most nights and work­ing a su­per­mar­ket job by day. “And my mother was urg­ing me to see [the scout] be­cause she just wanted me to do some­thing,” the 32-year-old’s said. That ini­tial meet­ing took place lit­tle more than a decade ago. And it led to in­stant work – Balti flown past the snaking queue of at­trac­tive wannabes, land­ing with a high­fash­ion bang in de­but shoots for both Vogue Italia and L’of­fi­ciel. Brands started cir­cling, pri­mar­ily D&G, who ex­clu­sively signed the Ital­ian beauty to walk and front cam­paigns. She penned the deal three months on from her su­per­mar­ket check­out days. “I think it was meant to be,” Balti’s said of her sud­den as­cent and the strong re­la­tion­ship she shares with Domenico and Ste­fano. “That was the plan God had for me.” Karl Lager­feld is an­other to have be­come trans­fixed – se­cur­ing Balti for var­i­ous cam­paigns while also shoot­ing her as part of the 2011 Pirelli Cal­en­dar line-up, along­side Ju­lianne Moore, among oth­ers. Lager­feld told Balti she had “a butt like a god­dess”, en­cour­ag­ing her to keep it that way by not work­ing out. She made sure to fol­low that advice to the let­ter; to this day, she claims to have “never done one ex­er­cise in my whole life”. They’re the words of a woman – and mother of two girls – who keeps things hon­est. For all the pomp, perks and the il­lu­mi­nated ‘su­per­model’ tag that sits above her, Balti has a firm and at­trac­tive grip on re­al­ity. “It’s easy for me to stay grounded be­cause I know I am just a girl, a mother, a daugh­ter, a lover... A nor­mal per­son, who was lucky enough to do this job, and I know it’s my job – not the per­son I am.” As we said: per­fect.

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