In 2002, Barolo began appearing as one of the veline on the Italian television program Striscia la notizia. Barolo appeared in this role alongside Giorgia Palmas until 2004. Barolo then developed a career as an actress, appearing as a main cast member in the soap opera CentoVetrine from 2005 to 2007, and again in the sitcom series 7 vite in 2007 and 2009. In 2011, she appeared in the feature films Ex - Amici come prima! and Un Natale per due.
In January 2012, Barolo started a fashion blog called "Affashionate".
Coming from family of noble origins, Giulio Mazzarini was born in Italy, and grew up in Rome, Italy, where he attended university. After graduating in Sociology, he deepened the studies of Visual Communication and Photography, thanks also to one of his lecturers, the former Benetton photographer and Creative Director Oliviero Toscani. After graduation, he moved to London, where he studied Design and Photography at the famous Central St Martins College.
After helping the birth of the Trend Forecasting website WGSN, in 1999 he began his career as fashion and people photographer. His photography has been seen in international magazines such as Vanity Fair, Marie Claire, Elle, Style, Label, Drome, Dazed & Confused, Psychologies, Cond Nast Traveler, La Repubblica and has contributed to the image development of companies and brands, including L'Oral, Reebok, Citroen, Gianfranco Ferre, Selfridges. He is also Associate Professor of the University of the Arts London and Visiting Professor at the University of Milan IULM, Istituto Europeo di Design (IED) and at the Sapienza University of Rome.
Aaliyah Dana Haughton was born on January 16, 1979, in Brooklyn, New York, and was the younger child of Diane and Michael "Miguel" Haughton (19512012). She was African American, and had Native American (Oneida) heritage from a grandmother. Her name has been described as a female version of the Arabic "Ali"; however, the original Arabic and Jewish name "Aliya (Hebrew: )" derived from the Hebrew word "aliyah (Hebrew: )", and meant "highest, most exalted one, the best." Regardless of origin, the singer was highly fond of her Semitic name, expressing support by calling it "beautiful" and asserting that she was "very proud of it," and she thus spent her entire life striving to live up to her name every day. At a young age, Aaliyah was enrolled in voice lessons by her mother. She started performing at weddings, church choir and charity events. When she was five years old, her family moved to Detroit, Michigan, where she was raised along with her older brother, Rashad. She attended a Catholic school, Gesu Elementary, where in first grade, she received a part in the stage play Annie. From then on, she was determined to become an entertainer. In Detroit, her father began working in the warehouse business, one of his brother-in-law Barry Hankerson's widening interests. Her mother stayed home and raised Aaliyah and her brother.
Throughout her life, she had a good relationship with her brother, which traced back to their childhood as Rashad reflected that growing up with Aaliyah was "amazing". He recalled her running around their home singing and that never being annoying due to her having a "beautiful voice". She and her brother became close with their cousin Jomo Hankerson, since growing up, they lived "about five blocks apart". Jomo walked Aaliyah and Rashad to their home from school when their mother was not able to pick them up and recalled the Haughton household being filled with music. Aaliyah's family was very close due to the struggles of her grandparents and when the Haughtons moved to Detroit, the Hankersons were ready to take them in if necessary. These same bonds led to ties in the music industry, under the Blackground Records label.
Aaliyah's mother was a vocalist, and her uncle, Barry Hankerson, was an entertainment lawyer who had been married to Gladys Knight. As a child, Aaliyah traveled with Knight and worked with an agent in New York to audition for commercials and television programs, including Family Matters; she went on to appear on Star Search at the age of ten. Aaliyah chose to begin auditioning while her mother made the decision to have her surname dropped. She auditioned for several record labels and at age 11 appeared in concerts alongside Knight. She had several pet animals in during her childhood, which included ducks, snakes and iguanas. Her cousin Jomo had a pet alligator, which Aaliyah felt was too much, remarking, "that was something I wasn't going to stroke."
Her grandmother died in 1991. Years after her death, Aaliyah said her grandmother supported everyone in the family and always wanted to hear her sing, as well as admitting that she "spoiled" her and her brother Rashad "to death." She also enjoyed Aaliyah's singing and would have Aaliyah to sing for her. Aaliyah stated that she thought of her grandmother whenever she fell into depression. Aaliyah's hands reminded her of her aunt, who died when she was "very young" and Aaliyah referred to her as an "amazingly beautiful woman".