While describing Sophia Loren, some use the word "elegant", but most use "sexy". But perhaps the best word to describe a woman like Sophia Loren, is "Grand": She looks like an Italian volcano alive, with everything grand: grand eyes, grand nose, grand mouth, and of course, a grand figure: Grand, but feminine.
What is grander than her figure, is perhaps her personality: when one of the worlds' most handsome and stylish men Cary Grant wanted to marry her, Sophia Loren chose a married Italian man shorter and more than 20 year older than her, Carlo Ponti, and never left him; At the peak of her movie career, she stopped working for months and months to stay in bed, so she can be a mother, twice; She Calle her mother every single day wherever she is and however busy she is.
On screen, Sophia Loren can play duchess, but off screen and in her heart, she is a Neapolitan, knowing what she wants and fights for it, loyal to her family and close to the earth, like all those peasant women she played with De Sica.
But when Sophia Loren wears a scarf over her head, she is a star, even in a peasant girls' costume.