As a child she loved skate boarding and football, as a teenager she had panic attacks and lost her mother, as an adult she became the world’s most famous female bassist. Discover 17 Facts of Victoria De Angelis of Maneskin.
Victoria De Angelis was born in Rome on 28 April 2000. Her father, Alessandro De Angelis, is Italian, her mother was Danish.
Victoria grew up in Monteverde, a chic and calm neighbourhood in Rome, where she attended school and high school. Her mother taught her Danish, a language Victoria also spoke during her holidays in Denmark.
Her friends and the Maneskin members call her Vic.
In an interview with the Italian newspaper Il Corriere della Sera, Victoria said: “I started playing the guitar instinctively at the age of eight. Three years later, when I took classes in school, my (female) teacher always criticized me because of my position. On a few occasions, I could test the bass guitar.” She loved the sound of the bass.
Victoria was inspired by various female bassists like Tina Weymouth of Talking Heads, Kim Gordon of Sonic Youth, Suzi Quatro and The Slits. “I admire women who did important things in a field in which male attitudes prevail,” Victoria said.
As a teenager, Victoria was fond of Lady Gaga, Harry Styles, David Bowie, Kurt Cubain, Britney Spears and Avril Lavigne.
When she was 14, Victoria had panic attacks. She couldn’t get out of the house anymore and lost a school year. She opted for a psychotherapy. “I used to feel ashamed of my panic attacks, but I don’t hide it anymore,” she said in an interview with Elle Italy.
Today, she’s a very self-confident young woman, but she doesn’t see herself as a role model. She said that would be an arrogant attitude.
Victoria’s mother died of cancer when her two daughters were still teenagers. Their Danish grandmother revealed it to a Danish newspaper. Victoria never spoke publicly about her mother’s death. (If you’re interested in cancer, watch this video by the amazing Ellie, a British girl who continues to support cancer patients.)
Victoria and Thomas Raggi were the first two members of Maneskin, even though the duo had no name at that time. They were in high school when they decided to look for a singer and a drummer to found a band. They tested various singers and even had a female singer, but she lived outside Rome and often couldn’t attend the rehearsal sessions.
Victoria was the one who suggested Maneskin as the band’s name after Damiano and Ethan joined the group. The Danish word maneskin means moonlight.
Many people assume that Victoria is in a relationship with Maneskin’s lead singer Damiano David. They’ve never been a couple, but they have a very special relationship, which you also see during their performances on stage. “We’re more than brother and sister, we’re more than friends,” says Victoria.
In various interviews, Victoria De Angelis said that she’s bisexual and that she’s attracted to both men and women.
In an interview with Cosmopolitan Italy, Vic said that she’s a big fan of Harry Styles: «He’s stylish, he’s modern and wears ’60s and ’70s outfits, which I love.”
In November 2021, Maneskin opened for The Rolling Stones in Las Vegas. At the age of 14, Victoria had wanted to attend the Rolling Stones concert at the Circo Massimo in Rome. “I didn’t have tickets, so I just went there and tried to sneak in from the barriers. It didn’t really work, but I saw them performing a couple of songs!”, she said in an interview with the U.S. magazine Variety.
Victoria has a younger sister called Veronica, who has dark hair and brown eyes. Their father runs a travel agency in Rome.
The bassist has a dog called Chili.
In August 2021, Vic appeared in an Yves Saint Laurent beauty commercial as an influencer (video).
In January 2022, Maneskin announced that they would have to postpone their European indoor tour dates due to the coronavirus pandemic. On 22 March, they published the new programme of their Loud Kids Tour 2022/23, which will start in the United States on 31 October 2022.
In March and April 2022, Maneskin spent a few weeks in California recording new songs.
Victoria De Angelis continues to make waves by posting topless pictures of herself on Instagram. While some of her (male) fans are delighted, many comment that her pictures are one big yawn. “She’s such a conformist,” writes an Italian woman on Youtube. “Nudity was even outdated when Woodstock took place. If Victoria wanted to make a difference as an artist, she would have kept her clothes on.”
Victoria De Angelis has 3,6 million followers on Instagram.
On 22 March 2022, the day Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy addressed the Italian Parliament, Maneskin finally showed their solidarity with the Ukraine in an Instagram post. On 9 April, they posted a 15-second video of their new single Dancing on Gasoline (see our article below).
On 13 May 2022, Maneskin released their new song Supermodel without any official video. On 14 May 2022, the band performed the song at the Eurovision Song Contest in Turin, Italy (see video below).
On 20 May 2022, Maneskin performed Supermodel at Jimmy Fallon’s Tonight’s Show without Victoria, who was ill. She was replaced by Jimmy Fallon who was wearing a blonde wig (see video below).
VIDEO: MANESKIN PERFORM SUPERMODEL AT ESC 2022 IN TURIN
(This article was first published on 7 November 2021 and updated ever since.)
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Photos: Courtesy of Gucci and European Song Contest; NPO/NOS/AVROTROS Nathan Reinds; EBU / Andres Putting