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Introducing... Michelle Hunziker

Introducing... Michelle Hunziker

Published: 11 May 2012 13:30 GMT+02:00
Updated: 11 May 2012 13:45 GMT+02:00

Introducing... is The Local's new column giving the lowdown on a top Swiss personality. This week Lyssandra Sears looks at the woman whose bottom was once voted best in Italy and whose bosoms feature regularly in the Swiss media.

Who is she and why is she famous?

Michelle Hunziker was born in the Italian-speaking part of Switzerland in 1977. She started her career as a model, and has worked her way with varying degrees of success through a variety of roles including actress, singer and TV host. She was married to one of Italy’s biggest pop-stars, Eros Ramazzotti, with whom she has a daughter, Aurora.

How did she manage to bag Eros?

Not sure, but she might have come to his attention when she was voted as having Italy’s best bottom in 1996. Her family had moved to Milan and she had started modelling for one of Italy’s top designers, Riccardo Gay.

But they are not together now?

No, the macho superstar famously said that “a woman who has a career is too masculine for me,” which can't have sat well with the lovely Michelle, and they broke up a little while after that.

Then she went viral in Italy. She hosted a variety of TV shows, and really rose to fame through her singing and dancing on the comedy show “Zelig” in 2001, which boasted some 10 million viewers.

What else is she famous for?

Frankly? Appearing in bikinis. A lot. She is a Swiss press favourite, and her shapely figure is a regular feature in the “people” section of many a newspaper and magazine.

She has great bosoms. And of course, the award-winning behind.

That can’t be all?

Almost. Bikini shots are big business!

No, that’s not fair. She recently won the star prize in the Swiss TV awards for her flamboyant presentation on the German entertainment show “Wetten, dass…?” (“Wanna bet…?”).

She started her career in Germany having been spotted while she was presenting a Swiss show called Cindarella, a show dismissed as catastrophic by sections of the Swiss press. After all her years in Italy, she had forgotten how to speak German, so she said…

But then she got picked up by German producers?

Exactly. Apparently being blonde really does have advantages.

So much so that they kept her on the “Wetten, dass…” show, even when critics said she couldn’t present, screamed into the microphone and giggled in all the wrong places.

Now what’s she up to?

Showing off her new engagement ring, mainly. Although apparently it’s only a “sort of” engagement ring. She’s been with her current partner Tomaso Trussardi for a while and they thought they would “sort of” tie the knot.

Why only “sort of”?

You know how Italian men are about their mothers? Well perhaps Tomaso is trying to avoid offending his. Mama Trussardi doesn’t like Michelle, according to press reports.

How can she not?

It might have something to do with the fact that Michelle once said Italian men worship their mothers as if they were holy virgins that never kiss or go to bed with anyone.

Shame that Michelle is soon going to be related to a holy virgin then, isn’t it?

Actually, it’s quite a turn-around, particularly since she swore after breaking up with Eros that she would never again be with an Italian man. She once said in an interview that there was no such thing as healthy, normal sex with an Italian man.

Nevertheless, Michelle swears Tomaso is the man of her dreams.

Does that mean she’s reconciled herself to unhealthy abnormal sex?

One can only speculate…


Video: Michell Huniker interviewed on German TV show Wetten, dass...?

Lyssandra Sears (news@thelocal.ch)

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