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Who is Elodie: from Amici to Sanremo 2021

All you have to know about the Italian pop star

Who is Elodie: from Amici to Sanremo 2021 All you have to know about the Italian pop star

Elodie is grown up. She is no longer the shy contestant who was rejected, one step before the live show, by Simona Ventura at the Home Visit of X-Factor, nor the little girl with pink hair who took second place in the 2015 edition of Amici. She is a talented and beautiful woman, aware of who she is, of what she is worth and who has been capable of turning a difficult past into a sparkling future: an album at the top of the charts, a capsule with Sephora and a new adventure as co-host at Sanremo 2021.

Her story begins on May 3, 1990 in the Roman neighborhood of Quartaccio, where she grew up with her street artist father, her mother originally from Guadeloupe in the French Antilles, and her younger sister Fey. She talked about her life on the edge of the suburbs, spent in "a house where there was often no hot water", in many interviews:

My parents separated when I was eight but even before that they weren't very happy, there wasn't a good atmosphere at home. I could make a movie from my eight years old to my 23, with all the characters from my life: even just on the landing there were drug dealers, sexually promiscuous people, alcoholics, my family that wasn't the White Mill family. But the whole neighborhood had pretty recognizable faces: looking at them it's as if I had studied, I loved so many of those people. They gave me the chance to see life with serenity: all things work out and even when you suffer it's lucky, because you're living.

Elodie is instinctive, restless, free, hungry for life. Travels without direction until, at 25 years, she joined Amici. Maria de Filippi's talent gives her a strong discipline, gives her confidence, but, above all, makes her realize that music is her true path. After two albums (Un'altra vita and Tutta colpa mia, both produced by Emma Marrone) and an appearance at the 2017 Sanremo Festival, the singer was launched among the young interpreters of Italian pop of the moment. 

Although her career seems to be going in the right direction, Elodie feels that the role of yet another successful talent star fits her too tightly and decides to take a two-year break to work on herself and her sound. The result is This Is Elodie, an eclectic album, conceived as if it were a playlist with 19 tracks that tell of the many nuances of the thirty-year-old, from the rougher side to the sunny one, from the empathetic and introspective to the "un po' coatta" one. The project has over 50 collaborators and many hits: AndromedaGuaranàPensare male ft. The KolorsMal di testa ft. Fabri FibraMargarita, the song produced by Takagi & Ketra in which she duets with her boyfriend Marracash.

The musical evolution of Elodie also coincides with a new more glamorous and cool look. With the help of stylist Ramona Tabita, the singer becomes an it-girl, partner of PUMA and the muse of Versace that she wears at Sanremo 2020 and at the Venice Film Festival of the same year (remember the metallic silver evening dress that made her look like a goddess?) and on other occasions. Every outfit she shows off is perfect, like the David Koma body-dress chosen for an episode of X Factor and accessorized with Leda Madera earrings or the Jacquemus dress in the video for Parli Parli.

Even hairstyle and beauty are now more sophisticated. The pixie cut which has always distinguished Elodie is often declined in a wet look or accessorized with clips and hairpins, although recently it changed into a bob. The make-up, presented in a capsule for Sephora, leaves the lips bare and focuses on super bold eyebrows and eyes with eyeliner, khol and shades of brown or hints of neon-colored graphics to define the gaze. 

In her debut as co-host in Sanremo 2021 Elodie left everyone speechless and breathless, undoubtedly winning the title of "best look of the Festival" thanks also to the support of stylist Ramona Tabita.

For the second evening and her debut at the Festival, Elodie chooses a bold color that makes her radiant and sensual: from the red cloud of tulle by Giambattista Valli Fall 2019 couture, which unleashed a shower of memes on IG, to the long dress in metal mesh with deep slit by Versace; from the disco queen silver thread dress of Oscar de la Renta's FW20 to the cascade of red ruffles in the latest look, again by Giambattista Valli.

The beauty look is tailor-made for her by make-up artist Daniele Lorusso, MrDanielMakeup in collaboration with Sephora, with whom the singer has recently created a capsule collection. Among the exclusive Sephora products, the make-up artist has chosen for the base the novelties Best Skin Ever (foundation and concealer) by Sephora Collection and the face palette of the Elodie X Sephora Collection. For the lips Daniele used Fenty Beauty lipsticks and highlighters, like a true diva. Her gaze is instead framed thanks to the eye palettes of Charlotte Tillbury, the Lash Idole mascara by Lancôme, and the products of the undisputed queen of the eyebrows Anastasia Beverly Hills, with the brow pen. The result is a glow make-up, with blush that sculpts the cheekbones and a magnetic look. The hairstyle? High chignon, followed by a very long high ponytail in the Ariana Grande style.