Miriam Leone has around 903,000 followers on Instagram. Her posts: a clip from her Italian L’Oréal ad, a selfie taken pre–red carpet at Cannes. But it’s likely you haven’t heard of the Italian beauty—she works from home.

And who could blame her? Leone was born on the eastern coast of Sicily, in the port city of Catania, to a family as melodramatic as an Italian opera. Her grandmother left her first fiancé after their engagement party, where she met the would-be bridegroom’s cousin, and instantly fell for him.