First women meeting's in Stresa (1949)

Published on 28 June 2021

On 25 September 1949, the first women's meeting organized by the newborn Vespa Club of Italy was held in Stresa. Two hundred “Vespistes” reach Stresa from all over the country. The "Rivista Piaggio" enthusiastically underlines the extraordinary nature of the event, perhaps the first of its kind in Italy.

Despite the bad weather, "signore e signorine" gave birth to a colorful "swarm" from Naples, Rome, Mantua, Vicenza, Alessandria, Cremona, Trieste and other cities of Italy.

Among the “Vespistes”, there were also the ten candidates for the title of "Miss Vespa 1950", judged by the jury of the perfume company GI.VI.EMME (the promoter of the first Italian beauty contests).

The winner is Graziella Buontempo from Naples, a "miss" rich in talent, who will make her way into the world of contemporary art, becoming one of the most important Italian collectors and patrons, founder of the International Art Meetings of Rome, of which was president Alberto Moravia and which was attended by artists such as Andy Warhol, Bob Wilson, Carmelo Bene, Alighiero Boetti, Luciano Fabro, Robert Rauschenberg, Michelangelo Pistoletto and Jannis Kounellis.

A living testimony of how Vespa, since its inception, has been able to accompany the journey of realization of women, representing their desire for freedom and independence



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