Sophia Loren is frankly not my type. In my mind, she represents a certain kind of overdone Italian bombshell that perhaps appealed to the World War II generation, but didn't appeal much to my generation coming to age after the 1960s. We much preferred the slender, athletic, sunny girls (the Cheryl Tiegs or Christie Brinkley look) who looked as if they had just come from the beach. Less scary? Probably. But it is what it is.
But, miraculously, here is Sophia Loren in a lovely photograph as a blonde:
And, of course, Miss Loren wasn't too bad on a beach either: