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How long have you been a model and how did you start?

About 10 years. I’m from Italy. My aunt was a photographer. She practiced on me when I was a child. It started from there. I decided I liked to be in front of the camera.

Do you think Italians are more glamorous than Americans?

We have a better way of expressing passion through a picture. We are more blessed with looks. Overall, Italians can portray sexiness better in a picture than most people can.

What is the most interesting modeling job you have had?

When I lived in Florida I had a shoot in South Beach, Miami. I was shooting and there were a couple of men watching from a distance through binoculars. People like to look at you when you shoot.

When I think about modeling names like Naomi Campbell, Elle McPherson (right) and Rachel Hunter come to mind. Who is your favorite model?

To be honest I don’t have any one in particular that is my favorite.

In “Zoolander,” the movie about male models, Ben Stiller had names for his best poses … things like Magnum and Blue Steel. Do you have any poses? What is your best pose?

I can do them all depending on what the shoot is calling for. I can switch roles and do different poses as they require. The best for me is anything with swimsuits or swimwear modeling. Those pictures come out the best for me.

Do photographers try any hanky-panky with you?

A couple of times with photographers who are not very experienced, but not with professional ones.

What is the best part about modeling?

Traveling and meeting different people from different backgrounds. I have traveled to several places in the States and all around Europe. For me modeling is a way to express how I think through a picture.

People have a stereotypical view of models as not being too sharp. Is that true?

I have worked with models who are very smart. From my experience I have not met any dumb models. Actually, it is the opposite. They were very smart. With this job you build up a lot of experience about everyday life and sometimes end up being smarter than somebody who is not a model.

Does the life of an Army wife make it hard to be a model?

Yes. Sometimes it is a tough subject that people don’t really talk about. Sometimes it can be a problem when you have to deal with other wives in the military who don’t like the idea of you doing pictures.

What is your ambition as a model?

My biggest goal is to appear in a calendar that I’m working on with two major magazines. It is going to be a swimsuit calendar. Also, to be in more papers and magazines.

Alessandra Bosco

Age: 32

Title: Model / military spouse — married to Sgt. 1st Class Edward McCoy of the 12th Combat Aviation Brigade at Katterbach, Germany.

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Seth Robson is a Tokyo-based reporter who has been with Stars and Stripes since 2003. He has been stationed in Japan, South Korea and Germany, with frequent assignments to Iraq, Afghanistan, Haiti, Australia and the Philippines.
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