Viviana Varese


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Alice in the new Wonderland

  • Words by Alessandra Piubello
  • Photos by Francesca Brambilla, Serena Serrani

I was named after the audacious girl in Lewis Carroll’s classic book who follows a white rabbit down his rabbit hole to discover a magical world. Through the Looking-Glass, and What Alice Found There, the title of the sequel, could be an image of my reflection. Luminous, vivacious eyes with a splendid silvery back, I see myself as thin and agile like an anchovy (or, as they say in Italian, Alice).

I was born on the first day of spring in 2007, an auspicious beginning. Pugliese and Campano blood in my veins, I grew in the shadow of the Madonnina, Perego’s famous statue that adorns the Milan cathedral. I think that my mothers, Viviana and Sandra, gave me this name because…

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