Cinzia Leone made her debut with a short story published in Alter in 1979. She subsequently was one of the editors of Il Male magazine, and alternated her work as a comics artist with illustration and advertising assignments. In 1983, she created her best known character, the heroine 'Gilda', again for Alter. The character starred in her own videoclip in comics format, 'Hotel Habanera', written by Vincenzo Mollica and composed by Paolo Conte. Leone has additionally contributed to L'Espresso, Noi Donne and Glamour.