The Italian Almanac

Alice Bellotto

Provocative Nature

After nude photographs surfaced on the web, two Miss Italy contestants have been disqualified from the national beauty pageant.

Rafaella Modugno, from Rome, and Alice Bellotto, from the northern province of Vicenza, were each taken out of the running when competition organizers spotted their rule-breaking pictures "of nude and semi-nude poses of a provocative nature," they said in a statement. According to article eight of the pageant rules, "contestants may not be photographed in the nude, or in compromising poses".

Modugno held the title of "Miss Curve", awarded by the plus-size clothing brand Elena Miro'. Alice Bellotto had won Miss Wella Veneto, hosted by the German cosmetics supplier Wella, before being disqualified from Miss Italy, which is currently in the finals stage in Tuscany with 39 remaining contestants from regions all over Italy.