Maria Belen Rodriguez Cozzani (maˈɾi.a βeˈlen roðˈɾiɣes koˈsani) (born 20 September 1984) is an Argentine television personality, actress and model. She is known by the name of Belen Rodriguez or as Belen and she lives and works in Italy, where she has presented many variety shows.
In 2009 and 2010, she has appeared in television commercials alongside actor Christian De Sica advertising a popular mobile phone network operating company. She made her acting debut as the female protagonist in the Italian film Natale in Sudafrica in December 2010. In 2011, she was a co-presenter of the annual televised Italian singing contest, the Sanremo Music Festival. The following year, she substituted as co-presenter for the first two nights of the festival.
Belen was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, to Gustavo Rodriguez and Veronica Cozzani de Rodriguez. Her mother is of Italian origin Veronica Cozzani, the daughter of immigrants from La Spezia, Liguria. Belen is the sister of Jeremias and Cecilia, other sons of Gustavo and Veronica.
Belen began a modeling career at the age of 17 while still attending high school. Besides Argentina, she also worked in Miami, United States and Mexico, before Belen moved to Italy in 2005; where she has worked as a fashion model and presenting variety shows such as Scherzi a parte, Love Bugs 4, and Sarabanda.
In 2007, Belen made her television debut in a small local network, Teleboario, and later was hired to co-host the variety programme La Tintoria on Rai Tre, the third channel of the Italy national television network.
Belen modeled for Max magazine in June 2008, and in the autumn of the same year, she appeared in the reality show' L'isola dei famosi, which was televised by Rai Due.
In 2009 and 2010, Belen appeared in television commercials, advertising mobile phone network operating companies. Belen began endorsing and modeling luxury jewellery during this period.
Belen was a guest performer at the prestigious, televised Italian song contest, the Sanremo Music Festival, where she sang a duet with singer Toto Cutugno on 18 February 2010.
At the end of 2010, Belen made her acting debut as the female protagonist in the Italian comedy film Natale in Sudafrica (Christmas in South Africa).
In February 2011, Belen co-hosted the Sanremo Music Festival 2011 with Gianni Morandi and Elisabetta Canalis.
In 2012, Belen became a co-presenter on the televised talent show Italia's Got Talent alongside Simone Annicchiarico. In that same year, she performed in the talent show Amici di Maria De Filippi's 11th season as part of the programme's regular dance troupe.
Alongside Elisabetta Canalis, Belen substituted for Ivana Mrazova as co-presenter of the 2012 Sanremo Music Festival for the first two nights.
In early 2012, Belen became the new face of Arthur's Underwear lingerie line.
From January 2009 to April 2012 she had a relationship with Fabrizio Corona: they broke up because she met the dancer Stefano De Martino (her future husband). On April 9, 2013 Belen had a baby boy (Santiago) with Stefano De Martino: the couple were married on September 20, 2013.
In spring 2014 she hosted Come mi vorrei, televised by Italia 1.2008 - Boyfriend di Coolio (Belen Rodriguez e la protagonista femminile del videoclip Boyfriend dell'album Steal Hear del rapper Coolio)
2009 - Dai muovi muovi scritta da Mario Gardini e composta da Giovanni Paolo Fontana e Roberto De Luca (sigla del programma televisivo Sarabanda)
2010 - Aeroplani di Toto Cutugno (brano cantato da Toto Cutugno con Belen Rodriguez al Festival di Sanremo 2010 nella serata dei duetti)
2015 - Amarti e folle, con il nome d'arte di Maria Belen, scritto e arrangiato da Fortunato Zampaglione per la colonna sonora del film Non c'e 2 senza te
Belen has been involved in a lawsuit against Google since 2006 over damage claims arising from Google's indexing pornography websites that had appropriated her image.