Barbara Chiappini was born in Piacenza. In 1993 she graduated from Scientific High School and for four years she studied violin at the Conservatory in Piacenza. She entered the world of fashion when she took part in the competition "An Italian for Miss World" of which she was the winner and had the right to participate in the most coveted of all competitions, “Miss World” that was held in South Africa. In this competition she won "Miss Photogenic", an important recognition allowing her to make the first steps in the show-business jungle. That same year she participated as showgirl on the program “Buona domenica” on Canale 5 and in 2000 she became part of the group of conductors for “Domenica In” on Rai 1. Following that, she made three enticing calendars that saw her as the star of pictures taken by Angelo Gigli in some nature reserves in Sardinia. For cinema she starred in “Paparazzi” (1998) by Neri Parenti, “T’amo e t’amerò” (1999) and “Il latitante” (2003) both by Nini Grassia, and “Le ragazze di Miss Italia” (2002) the last television work by Dino Risi.