Celebrity Then And Now
Publication: Albany Daily News. Posted by Lexi Schwartz
Celebrity Then And Now
Posted by Lexi Schwartz
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"I get up in the morning and I don't know what to do. This is a delicate time for me."
The country of Italy has no shortage of beautiful women. To stand out as a beauty icon in Italy you need to be more than just pretty, you need to be drop-dead gorgeous, and Nicole Minetti is nothing less than just that. Minetti first came to the public's attention as one of the dancing girls of Scorie (2007-09), before going into a career in politics after a brief time in dental hygiene. Most recently she has been associated with Italy's "Rubygate" scandal, but even this cannot erase the affection that many Europeans held for the young starlet in her days as a TV personality.
From Dentistry to Dancing
Nicole Minetti was born in Rimini, Italy to Georgina Reed, an English dance teacher, on March 11, 1985. Long before she found her way to television and politics, Minetti's passion was for health care. After graduating from Rimini's Classical High School she would go to Milan to study at the Vita-Salute San Raffaele University. Here she earned her bachelor's degree in dental hygiene, then attained a technical-assistance bachelor's.
Nicole never set out to be famous, rather, it simply happens for many people who look that beautiful. In 2007 she wound up on Scorie. Here she would be a "valet," essentially a showgirl for the TV series.
The Rai 2 program, hosted by prolific Italian entertainment personality Nicola Savino, followed an open format halfway between late night talk show and primetime variety show. The show featured recurring guests and interviews, home videos, dance and music, comedy bits, funny internet clips, and reality and game show sequences inspired by shows like X Factor and other series.
The show's draw was that anything could happen at any time, so the live episodes were a must-see, and it wound up launching a string of successful Italian personalities. Minetti ultimately lost interest in show business before long, however. While her time on Scorie had positioned her to pursue any career she might have liked in Italian television and film, she chose to go back to dentistry after leaving the series in 2009. As it would turn out, this would launch her to even greater visibility than any show-business gig might have.
From Dancing to Politics
Her time on Scorie had been a fun diversion, but Nicole's interests still lied in dental hygiene, and she returned to this profession, practicing at the St. Raphael hospital. Here she would make a fateful meeting with Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi. The two had been loosely acquainted, seeing one another at various parties and so on, but their first real meeting occurred when Berlusconi came into the St. Raphael Hospital with two broken teeth in need of repair.
"I met him I would say about 3 years ago. I had met him in several situations, but the time that I actually approached him was at St. Raphael hospital."
As it would turn out, this would seal the deal, bringing Minetti into the world of Italian politics. By 2010, as a member of Berlusconi's The People of Freedom Party, Minetti would be elected to regional councilor for Lombardy thanks to being included on President Robert Formigoni's list. Details have, for the most part, not been made public, but around this time she was in a relationship with Berlusconi, admitting in recent interviews to having been in love with the Italian PM.
There was, of course, much hand-wringing about the young councilor who, with no political experience, took one of the highest positions of influence in Lombardy government. As it turned out, these fears were focused on entirely the wrong person within the Italian political scene, and Berlusconi would soon become embroiled in the "Rubygate" scandal of 2010. This would be Minetti's political downfall, as well, given how closely she had been linked with the Prime Minister.
Losing out on a career in politic turned out to be something of a blessing in disguise, however, as Minetti had never been too fond of this career turn, finding the whole political scene a bit exhausting and even mildly nauseating.
"I would arrive in the assembly and say to myself 'Let's see what will happen to me today.'"
In 2013 Minetti took to the runway as a lingerie model, and has generally left politics and television behind. While her exit from politics would be marked by controversy, there are many Italians who will remember her not as the former councilor, but as the beautiful and charismatic dancing girl from Scorie.
"The president, he is a showman, let's say, he can talk about anything. He sings. He tells stories."