Isabella Palandra

Photo by Stephen Gaitan

Nickname: Bella/Bellabeautie (on Instagram) Occupation: Medical aesthetician and makeup artist Age: 23 Generation: Third Dad’s side from: Monteleone di Puglia, Foggia, Puglia Mom’s side from: Pachino, Siracusa, Sicilia Raised in: Richmond Hill Speaks: English, some Italian

What would someone be surprised to know about you? I’m basically a nonna because I love to sew.

What’s the best thing about being Italian-Canadian? Being able to share the Italian traditions my nonni started when they arrived in Canada and continue them in today’s modern society.

What’s an Italian tradition you want to carry on? I definitely want to continue my nonno’s tradition of making wine and homemade prosciutto.

What Italian stereotype do you completely live up to? It’s physically impossible for me to tell a story without using my hands.

What movie title best describes your life? Gone in 60 Seconds (literally anything my mom cooks).

Favourite Italian expression: “Accetta le cose che non puoi cambiare”—accept the things you cannot change.

Photography by Stephen Gaitan, Makeup by Camila Notari