Melissa Satta-Boateng first caught international attention in 2010 after appearing in the Sports Illustrated swimwear issue that year. Prior to that, she’d achieved notable celebrity in her native Italy by working in the fashion industry and making regular television appearances.
Still relatively unknown in the United States, she became a household name for a time in 2011 after been linked to Kobe Bryant. Satta was photographed entering a hotel with Bryant late at night, then was seen again leaving the hotel that morning. This was considered the final straw that led Bryant’s wife to filing divorce.
Continuing to regularly appear on Italian television, she runs her own website that details her endeavors. She married UD Las Palmas midfielder Kevin-Prince Boateng in 2016. They have a son together, Maddox, which is her first child.
In addition to her appearances in Sports Illustrated and Italian television, she has appeared in Maxim magazine, and did an advertisement for Peugeot automobiles in 2009.