Rare Photographs of a Teenage Sophia Loren at the Miss Italy Contest in Rome, 1950

In 1950, 15-year-old Sophia Loren competed for the Miss Roma title in her native Rome. Entered under the name Sophia Lazzaro, the local starlet missed the top gong but did scoop the Miss Elegance’ prize, a title created especially for her.

Anna Maria Bugliari was crowned the overall winner. Like Loren, Bugliari would become an actress, appearing in four films between 1951 and 1953.