Michelle Yvonne Hunziker (born January 24, 1977), is a Swiss actress, model and a famous personality on Italian and German television.
Hunziker was born at Sorengo (Lugano), in the southern, Italian speaking part of Switzerland.
Her mother Ineke is Dutch; her father Rudolf, who died of a heart attack in the fall of 2001, was a German speaking Swiss national.
He was a painter, but worked as a hotel manager.
In 1983, the family moved to Ostermundigen, a suburb of Berne in the German speaking part of Switzerland, where Hunziker attended elementary school.
After her parents' separation, Hunziker's mother moved to Zuchwil/Solothurn. This caused a crisis in Hunziker's life.
In 1993, when Hunziker was 16 years old, she moved to Bologna with her mother.
Wanting to become an interpreter, she studied Italian, French, German, English and Dutch at a local college.
After moving to Milan with her mother, she decided to become a fashion model and was hired by Riccardo Gay, a renowned agent. Although considered to be both too heavy and short, at 17 she posed for well-known labels such as Armani, Rocco Barocco, La Perla, Colmar, Fuerte Ventura, Lovable and Swish.Gallery