Malgosia Bela (born Malgorzata Bela on 6 July 1977 in Kraków, Poland is a Polish fashion model and actress. Bela became a successful runway and editorial model in the late nineties, appearing on the covers of many international editions of Vogue, including Vogue Italia and Vogue Paris.
Lanvin, Valentino, Jil Sander, and Versace enlisted her in their advertising campaigns. In 2001 Bela moved on to an acting career, playing leading role in the Polish movie Stranger (dir. Małgorzata Szumowska) and the Italian/Polish production Karol: A Man Who Became Pope about the Polish Pope John Paul II. She continues to undertake film projects in Poland. She returned to the fashion industry in 2006, appearing in advertising campaigns for the houses of Louis Vuitton, Chloé, Jil Sander, Donna Karan, and Marc by Marc Jacobs, and for retailers H&M and Barneys. She appeared in the Pirelli Calendar for 2009 and 2012. She is the face of many cosmetic products, like Chanel, Stella McCartney’s perfume, Max Factor makeup. At the age of 34, Malgosia keeps working for the most important magazines and brands. Before her career in the fashion and film industry, Malgosia played the piano for 12 years and got her diploma in 1998, she also studied literature and linguistics, in which she majored in 2006.
“Even though I took a different path in my professional life at some point, music has always been very important to me. Twelve years of intense musical studies and playing the piano played a crucial role in my upbringing, in shaping my character, helping me becoming the person I am today. Music filled my life for many years and i am grateful for that experience, it definitely was the time spent well, even if I did not end up being a concert pianist. Today I observe my seven year old son beginning to read the notes and I wish the learning experience could be more exciting, more fun for children, who have so many distractions nowadays. I will always support with all my heart, a project that helps to introduce and propagate classical music, I believe our children, OUR WORLD needs that.”