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MARA CARFAGNA: Former Topless Model, Current Italian Equal Opportunities Minister (PHOTOS, VIDEO)

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Today Italy's Minister of Equal Opportunity Mara Carfagna showed the G8 wives around Rome. This hostess with the most-ess, who was appointed to her current post by Berlusconi on May 8, 2008, is nicknamed Mara La Bella ("Maria The Beautiful").

Before breaking into politics, Mara competed for the Miss Italia crown, did some acting, and posed nude for several magazines. In 2006 Carfagna was elected to the Chamber of Deputies for Forza Italia party. She's been active in curbing crime in her hometown of Salerno, and she championed legislation against street prostitution. And last year, Maxim ranked her as the "World's Hottest Politician." That's amore!

Check out 33-year-old Mara's move from model to minister.

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