Late Bloomers, This Model's Success Story Will Speak to You

by Gina Marinelli

Emily Soto

On Bianca Balti: Hope blazer; Kendall & Kylie top and pants; Zadig & Voltaire shoes; Amanda Pearl rings; Urban Outfitters ring; Monica Vinader bracelet and ring.

Model Bianca Balti is anything but a fashion industry novice. The Italian model has walked the runways of fashion weeks around the globe as well as for Victoria’s Secret, and she’s appeared in countless major campaigns, including her most memorable work for Dolce & Gabbana. After her over 10 years of experience, you might assume so much of her work is been-there, done-that, but in the latest Fashion Firsts film, Balti tells us why earning a "rookie" title at age 33 was one of the craziest—and most rewarding—career moments of all.

Balti tells us that she was basically the oldest Rookie of the Year that the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue had ever had (for instance, the 2018 picks were mostly in their early 20s). “This is amazing to me,” she says. “In life it’s never too late to achieve stuff.” Watch the full video below for more of Balti’s story.


Emily Soto

On Bianca Balti: All Saints leather jacket; Mola Walker top and pants; Amanda Pearl necklace, earrings, and rings; Urban Outfitters ring; Monica Vinader bracelet and ring; COS cuff

Photographer: Emily Soto; Photo Assistants: Victor Soto and Zach Alston; Stylist: Tatiana Cinquino; Hairstylist: Dominick Pucciarello; Makeup Artist: Victor Henao; Video Director: Clarence Fuller

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