Italian actress and director Asia Argento grew up believing she was ugly because her father, legendary horror film director, Dario Argento repeatedly put her down as a child.

The XXX star only began to embrace her femininity when she broke away and began to star in a wider variety of films with more objective film-makers.

She says, "I always saw myself as really ugly. My father even told me I was ugly because I would shave my head and look like a boy. Then when I was 21 I was offered this part in a movie where I was supposed to be really sexy.

"It was strange for me to have to research femininity, but I found these tricks for getting attention that I didn't know before. It was a kind of revenge I guess, on all the kids who said I was ugly at school."

08/07/2005 01:48