Issue #74

Martina Borgomanero

La Bolognese

Born on a Monday in Bologna. Moved to Malibu at 19 to attend Pepperdine University and, apart from three years back in Italy after College, have been in the States ever since, dividing my time between Manhattan and Los Angeles. After becoming a Mom 5 years ago, Miami has become my home.

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What do you do in your life (work and fun)?

I have always worked in communication and marketing, but now I slowed down and only take on very specific and interesting projects in order to have free time to dedicate to my family and to myself. As far as fun goes, it has never been a problem to find it in Miami.

What made you leave Italy and choose Miami?

When I left Italy 14 years ago, I was a student, and the main reason was really to have a different experience, to study abroad, to know about something new, something different. I didn’t leave with the idea of never going back, I simply wanted to know what else was out there so to have a choice for my future. After school I moved back to Italy and left again because of a business opportunity. So it is not that something in Italy made me leave, it is more that something in the USA brought me here. As far as Miami goes, at first it was really just logistics, I was pregnant and I wanted to be close to my family who has a home here, the weather is amazing for a baby… But now I could not imagine myself anywhere else. Miami is a city bursting with opportunities, it is hardly finished developing under any aspect. I feel this city is less than 50% done and I absolutely love to be part of it, to watch it grow and happen. The quality of life is superlative. And it is objectively beautiful.

Please share your best memory in the City.

It was a hurricane that happened around 10nish years ago maybe? I don’t remember its name, but it was my first hurricane and I remember South Beach getting ready for it – longest line at the gas stations, every window and every stored boarded up, traffic in the streets… it looked like a zombie apocalypse movie. But I guess it was just for show, because Hurricane parties are notoriously the best ones in the city.

What made you choose this specific location and outfit?

My picture was taken by my pool, in my backyard. I invited ITALIANY in my home and I choose that specific location because if it has to be a portrait, then let it be an intimate one. As far as my outfit goes, I went along with the same philosophy and choose to go with what I normally would wear.

Your thoughts about this project, ITALIANY.US

I am a strong supporter of this project. Apart from being just a very a cool idea! And apart from making Italians look so incredibly sophisticated and stylish! I am glad that our community of “finest Italian exports” is brought together.

How would you describe being an ambassador of the Italian style/culture abroad?

My opinion is that every Italian abroad cannot help but be an ambassador. I think it is very difficult to shake off our background, our cultural education, our way of living and dressing. It shines through us and I think you can spot an Italian miles away. So I would describe it as INEVITABLE.

  • Miami Beach, FL


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    120 mins

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